Monday, July 23, 2018
Flagship Diner forced to close to make way for apartment building
Sunday was a bittersweet day for longtime customers of the Flagship Diner, which closed after decades serving up meals in Queens.
For 53 years, this 24-hour diner with a parking lot out front on Queens Boulevard was the center of so many peoples lives.
Customers would bring their children and grandchildren to the diner. They also made sure to come out to say goodbye.
For a year and a half, the diner’s owners have been battling with the landlord over a lease that was supposed to end next year so the property could be converted into a 7-story apartment building.
This day brought one of the owners to tears.
“We’re very sad, but it is relief that it is over,” Vincent Pupplo, co-owner of Flagship diner told PIX11. “There was a lot of pressure in the last year and a half so this is bittersweet.”