Like every night before, Larry Loveless was the consummate restaurateur 'til the end. Meaning he closed down and buttoned up his kitchen before ascending to the cocktail lounge to visit with the many locals who had come to the Krebs for one last time.
"The night, actually the whole weekend, was well attended," said Steve White, a longtime resident and owner of White and White Antiques, which will handle the Krebs auction on Nov. 13.
Steve and wife Beverly dined on the seven course dinner downstairs Friday night and then upstairs Saturday for their usual supper in the tavern. Steve said he always ordered the same thing, New England clam chowder and scallops wrapped in bacon topped off with Larry's sumptuous bread pudding.
Larry and Jan's daughter, Kim Loveless Seabury, came from Albany to help her father over the last weekend.
"Larry refers to her as 'Miss Martha Stewart,'" Steve said. "She was running around attending to everything."
Jackie Truswell, who has been the glue holding the restaurant together since Jan passed, stopped in with husband Roy for one drink and instead stayed for several hours talking with old friends and former Krebs staff members who also turned out for the occasion.
Steve wondered how Larry knew what to bring in for inventory, considering that business was steadily rising as people wanted to get to Krebs for one last meal before the restaurant went dark on Sunday Oct. 17.
"I can't tell you how I do it, I feel it and it just happens," Larry said.
"He got it right," Steve said of the wind down that actually wound way up ever since Larry announced the sale to Adam Weitsman was final in August. Loveless was the longest running owner of Krebs with 52 years.
Steve referred to last weekend at the Krebs as a "Nice Fest," people were certainly celebrating a favorite local watering hole, a celebration that also produced a lot of tears. Larry's retirement was, of course, ultimately bittersweet as his wife and business partner of 47 years, Jan P. Loveless, passed away unexpectedly on July 8.