The final "last call" is fast approaching for Uncle Tony's bar and restaurant in Binghamton.

After operating for more than 35 years, the popular establishment at 79 State Street will close forever on December 31.

Owner Bryan Whiting advised the employees of the business of the decision over the weekend.

Whiting began evaluating the future of Uncle Tony's following the November 16 death of one of its founders, Anthony Basti. He started the business with cousin Albert Nocciolino in April 1983.

The bar at Uncle Tony's on State Street on December 17, 2018. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Whiting decided "it made sense" for him to move on from the business and he concluded shutting the place down on New Year's Eve would be "a proper way to close."

Whiting expects to hold a special event on the final Friday of business as a way for folks to "say goodbye to Tony."

A neighboring business - Dillingers Celtic Pub and Eatery - may expand into the space that's been occupied by Uncle Tony's.

Drew Peters of Bearcats Development Group, which owns the property, could not be reached to discuss future plans.

Dillingers could expand into the space that's been used by Uncle Tony's for 35 years. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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