Local favorite closing its doors

HOUSTON At a speed worthy of any superhero, the ring of the phone launches Lauri Beard into non-stop action. Beard takes the orders, fills the orders, and at the same time, makes sure both she and the customer are happy.

Closing the doors on something she loves so much isn't easy.

"It's killing me," she said. "This is like a second home for me. A second family. I mean, most of my customers have been coming here at least 10 years. It's like a family."

Beard's husband don is camera shy. He focuses on being head burger flipper. Together the Beards have owned and operated DJ's for over 15 years. Their new lease is too expensive, so they are reluctantly closing for good at the end of the week. This means customer William Snyder must say so long to his favorite burger in town.

"They're just friendly," Snyder said. "I mean they're not like another person working at McDonalds, someone you don't know. We see them a lot. We come here two or three times a week."

Customer Kevin Dowd expressed a similar sentiment.

"I love the burgers," Dowd said. "I love the atmosphere. Even though its small, it looks like a house, everyone behind the counter. It's always very friendly. Even all of the customers are very friendly."

Customer Orville Fawcett said, "good burgers, nice prices," and the fact that it's "close to the office" are what kept him a patron of DJ's for over 30 years.

DJ's closing means one less family-owned business in an area crowded with corporate chain restaurants.

"I was just devastated when they said they were closing this Friday," customer Gerri Fuller said, "but we'll track them down."

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