The Rockaways Diner, a 1950s-themed eatery on Beach 116th St., opened last month and, according to the owners, business has been booming.
The Rockaways Diner caters to hunger for the '50s by the beach
The restaurant, which is across the street from the A-train station, is heavy on nostalgia. Life-sized figures of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Boop greet patrons. The sound system plays an endless string of early rock 'n' roll and doo-wop classics.
Then there's the ice cream. The diner offers 21 different toppings and serves classic milkshakes, floats and malts.
"You step into a different world when you come in here," said manager Zulfet Ceman. "The community needs a place like this."
The diner is open 7 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and closes an hour later on weekends. Down for the day beachgoers have been piling into the diner on weekends.
"It seems like a lot of diners are disappearing and becoming drugstores or banks," said Melendez. "We should have a nice strip of commercial stores. We hope we'll encourage other businesses to come."