After 52 years, the iconic Chick and Ruth's Delly on Main Street in Annapolis Maryland has been sold. The new owner promises the traditions will continue.

Long-time owners Ted and Beth Levitt announced the surprise sale on Ted's Facebook page Monday night, sparking an outpouring by loyal customers.

Chick and Ruth’s has served Maryland political leaders for generations. It’s only a block from the Maryland State House, and a favorite for breakfast among political power brokers.

Maryland governors from both parties have their own booth reserved at all times. It’s called the “Governor’s Office”, and a lot of them have used it over the years.

The restaurant plastered with photos of the powerful and popular, who have flocked to Chick and Ruth’s since 1965 to see and be seen, or just to get a great crab cake sandwich.

The Levitt’s say they simply want to slow down, shift gears and savor their successes in life.

New owner Keith Jones, is a restaurateur who owns a number of Five Guys franchises in the region. He is a loyal customer who says he is in love with Chick and Ruth’s. He says he’s not interested in change.

Chick and Ruth’s was founded by Ted Levitt’s parents in 1965 on principals of hard work and good food.

Terms of the sale have not been revealed.