(CBS Seattle) — It’s a sign sandwich lovers in Seattle thought they would never have to see:

Paseo (Photo credit: C. Coyle/CBS Seattle)

Paseo (Photo credit: C. Coyle/CBS Seattle)

On the front door of Fremont’s infamous Caribbean sandwich shop Paseo, there is a sign taped to the door that reads:

“Due to unfortunate circumstances, we are closing our doors. We appreciate all the support and loyalty you have shown us over the years. We will miss you. Thank you, The Paseo Crew.”

For years, the standard scene on Fremont Avenue North around noon has been a line that stretches around the block; people salivating for what have been regarded the best sandwiches in Seattle. Instead of the usual visual, today employees — and presumably a few friends of the shop — were sitting around a table inside the store. The mood inside the store was part somber and part lax.

One employee had the shop’s phone in her hand, ready to give the same answers to the dozens of callers that had heard the rumor of the closure.

Paseo employees (Photo credit: C. Coyle/CBS Seattle)

Paseo employees (Photo credit: C. Coyle/CBS Seattle)

When asked what the reason for the closure was, the woman responded with, “We’re not at liberty to say.”

Though the common culprit for closures in the Seattle metro area for the past five or so years have been increases in rent or property sales, Paseo, a widely-successful business, is also closing its other location in Ballard.

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