Friday, November 23, 2018
Shalimar Diner closing forever on Sunday
From the Queens Chronicle:
After more than 40 years in Rego Park, the Shalimar Diner will close its doors for good on Sunday.
The Shalimar Diner, located at 63-68 Austin St., is the latest eating establishment to close in the borough. In recent years, the Scobee Diner in Little Neck, the Palace Diner in Flushing, the Future Diner in Fresh Meadows and the Flagship Diner in Briarwood have all gone out of business.
In July 2016, Shalimar owner Chris Karayiannis told the Chronicle “I don’t know how long I can last,” in response to the rising costs of running a diner.
One waitress said that the rent was raised and that the landlord offered a 20-year lease but a deal didn’t happen.
It’s a far cry from 1977, when The New York Times mentioned the Shalimar Diner in an article titled “Diners Strike It Rich.” Diners were growing in appeal to families and not just truckers and taxi drivers.
According to the article, “on weekends, hundreds of people form lines in the diners’ parking lots from Rego Park to Bayside to Douglaston.”
NYCDOT helps close diners, too.