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The Wine Cellar will soon close its doors

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The time to say goodbye to a legendary Pinellas County hotspot is nearing.

The Wine Cellar will serve its final Beef Wellington April 30.

"It's just sad to see a landmark like this closing down," said Walt Coddington of Dunedin.

The legendary restaurant has sat in its location on Gulf Boulevard in North Redington Beach since 1976.

Many memories have been made behind their doors.

"My wife and I came here and had our wedding reception," said Coddington.

"It's just the first place you think of if you want to go some place special," said Lynn Yetman of Treasure Island.

Ted and Liesel Sonnenschein actually started the restaurant in 1973 at a smaller location in Gulfport, when their business expanded they took on partners Karl Klumpp and Peter Schuckert and built a legend.

"Generation after generation made this their special spot," said Kai Sonnenschein.

The Sonnenschein's son Kai served as the Wine Cellar's general manager for 15 years.

He says he has a good idea why it became the areas "go to" spot for important dinners.

"It's consistency, they've always been very consistent in everything they did, the people here from the top down they always modeled perfection and quality," said Sonnenschein.

Business remains solid, but his parents and their partners say it's time to retire.

"My dad is 79, Peter and Karl they're each in their mid 70s," said Sonnenschein.

A confidentiality agreement keeps them from saying what will go up in their place but say it will be a "retail situation."

And after all these years they say they've appreciated the opportunity to be a big part of the community.

"It's really neat to be a part of people's lives and really to be that ingrained in people's lives," said Sonnenschein.

The Wine Cellar isn't the only iconic Tampa Bay area restaurant set to close its doors.

The View at CK's, the restaurant at Tampa International Airport with the revolving view will close in June of this year.

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