Those who rely on the Mel Milaap centre at Charing Cross - including a Second World War veteran - have been campaigning against plans to relocate the services it offers to a centre on the South Side.
In a week of action they staged a hunger strike, handed over a 1500-name petition and demonstrated in George Square, supported by the Association of Indian Organisations.
Despite this, the council has stuck to its plan to withdraw the service because of the building is not "fit for purpose".
Today, council staff started clearing out kitchen equipment.
The building's owners have offered to carry out the required improvements - filling in pot holes on a fire escape route, blocking off an access from the day centre to next-door Gurdwara Sikh temple, and fitting a new fire alarm system - but the council say this is not acceptable.
The local authority is offering the pensioners the use of Merrylee Lodge, in the South Side of the city, which also serves as a care home, as an alternative.
But those who use the Mel Milaap, on Berkeley Street, say this would take them away from their local area and places of worship.
Many of the centre's elderly users have health problems and are worried about travelling across the city.
The city council initially contacted Gurdwara committee members with safety concerns a year ago but others, including those who are now fighting to keep the centre open, say there were unaware of the issues until recently.
Gurdwara secretary, Gurmail Dhillon emailed the council's head of direct services, on September 13, offering to carry out the required work within three weeks.
But, in a reply, he was told that as the offer had come at the "eleventh hour" this would not save the centre.
The Mel Milaap was one of the first ethnic minority day centres in Scotland when it opened in 1989.
A spokesman for the council said the building is a "significant fire risk".
He added: "Safety concerns were raised with the Gurdwara last year and the repairs now being proposed, at the last minute, barely address those concerns."