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Salt Lake City's Piccadilly Fish and Chips, the last surviving restaurant of the 39-year-old chain, will close in April, owner Allan Jones said Tuesday.

"The food cost has gone up, and so have taxes and wages," said Jones.

Jones purchased the restaurant at 1446 S. State St. about 19 years ago when most of the other Piccadilly locations were closing.

Piccadilly, a Utah chain, had 10 locations in the 1960s, but they started closing in the 1980s, said Jones. The most recent Piccadilly closure was the Ogden restaurant, which closed in 1991, leaving Jones with the sole Piccadilly restaurant.

The restaurant closed in May 2004 after the landlords at the former location at 780 E. 2100 South planned a renovation of the property that didn't include Piccadilly. But, Jones reopened the restaurant at its current location in December 2004.

Jones said he has had a lot of feedback from longtime customers, who say they will miss the restaurant's homemade clam chowder, jumbo shrimp and halibut.

"Every week we have people come in who say they used to go to the other locations," said Jones.

Jones has sold the building, but did not disclose the details of the transaction.

- Brianna Lange