Major bummer indeed.
I was in downtown LB just a couple of weeks ago, had a boring lunch, was just a block from Lawton's but didn't think of them until after.
It was in a really crappy location ... off in a corner of a badly designed mall/shopping center/whatever. The way the economy is going, we're going to see a lot more good places going under.
Someone had already reported that a week or two ago. I did check by calling and their phone was disconnected at that time. Maybe their "opening" in 1929 and closing now is an omen? The poster said it was due to a health code violation, but if that was the case Lawton's should have reopened by this point.
One other point about Lawton's - Jen10 noted in one of her posts (quoted below) that Lawton's had really weird hours:
"Just a final note, the hours posted in the website for the pike are not accurate. Lawtons is closed on Mondays, Tues and Wed, I think it said they open at 5pm, thur, fri and sat open at 11:00, and sun open at noon"