Schoop's Hamburgers closed in the food court at Southlake Mall, where it was one of the longest-running staples.
The vintage 1950s-style burger joint specializes in the Region-style burger, which has crisp griddled edges that overlap the bun.
"We are currently closed. Thank you for understanding," a sign states.
Cash registers and other fixtures have been removed from the fast-food joint, whose menu includes burgers, hot dogs, and old school sandwiches like a tuna melt, pork tenderloin, grilled cheese and egg salad sandwich. It's especially famous for its signature Mickey, a feast of a burger with two slices of cheese.
A retro favorite, Schoop's has nearly 20 locations across Northwest Indiana and suburban Chicagoland. The classic chain that's served burgers, fry baskets and Green River pop to generations of Region residents also recently closed a location on Indianapolis Boulevard in Whiting near the Illinois state line after the owners decided to retire.
Schoop's long has been one of the few homegrown restaurants specializing in indigenous Calumet Region cuisine to operate in the food court of the super-regional two-story mall at U.S. 30 and Mississippi Street. Chuck Wheeler's Vienna Beef Red Hots, a Gary institution so popular it sells T-shirts, closed its Southlake location in 2017.