Old Style Inn, a longtime staple of the downtown Valparaiso dining scene across from the Porter County Courthouse, has served its last slice of prime rib after feeding diners for generations.

Owners Kenn and Mary Grcich posted on the restaurant's website "thanks for 17 great years" and posted the "that's all folks" logo from Looney Tunes cartoons to the Old Style Inn's Facebook page.

They had owned the restaurant at 5 Lincolnway in Valparaiso for 17 years, but it had been open since 1932. They could not be immediately reached for comment.

The old school restaurant with deep-wood paneling had a traditional Region menu with lake perch, all-you-can-eat frog legs, walleye, bluegill, duck, crab legs, pasta and several steaks. The downtown mainstay offered baked squash as an alternative to potatoes and always served corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day. It was well known for its huge chunks of juicy prime rib of beef, which was the signature menu item and so popular as a special that it was offered daily.

Online reviewers called Old Style Inn "legendary" and compared it to an Italian family restaurant on Chicago's South Side. Many remarked it lately served a mainly older clientele.

A wave of old school dining institutions have recently been closing across Northwest Indiana, including Strongbow in Valparaiso, Bronko's in Crown Point, The Patio in Merrillville, the Bread Basket in Hammond, Rodini's in Michigan City and Kelsey's Steak House in Portage.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.