I have been visiting Florida since the 1960s and have lived here since '72, and the one constant in towns around Florida that I remember was the Lum's. I have probably eaten in 20 of them over the years.
I remember when they began to disappear.
You'd drive through some little town that you were somewhat familiar with, and you'd see the Lum's, closed, or maybe turned into a Chinese buffet or a pizza place.
Whenever I would be meeting a friend in some town I had never been to before, he'd say "Let's meet at Lum's", because every little town had one. After awhile it became--"...meet me at the new McDonald's..."
The one in Ft Myers was right across from the mall, and it was an expansive Lum's with a patio. Its decor was the German Beer Hall Style, all heavy beams and leaded windows. They would have 10 cent beer nights, so a bunch of us would go pig out at Lum's and spend maybe $5 for a gallon of beer and two-three hots, smothered in sauerkraut.
They were always good.
And there WAS a difference between their non-beer hots and the ones that steamed in beer, a big difference.
I told an old friend, a lifelong Floridian, about the Last Lum's after I first read the post here, and he refused to believe me. "That could NOT be the only one left", he said as he emerged from denial.
Once, Lum's was everywhere in Florida, as ubiquitous as Outback or White Castle. It's sort of sad that they're all gone.