Feb. 14, 2018 By Tara Law
Georgia Diner, which has served comfort food on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst since the late 1970s, will close on March 25.
The establishment, located at 86-55 Queens Blvd., will merge with the Nevada Diner at 80-26 Queens Blvd. and keep much of the same menu, according to George Porfiris, one of the Georgia Diner’s managers.
The Nevada Diner will be renamed Georgia Diner.
Both restaurants are owned by restaurateur Dimitrios Kaloidis, who also owns three diners in Brooklyn, and Terrace on the Park in Flushing.
Demolition permits for the building that is home to Georgia Diner were filed on Feb. 7.
Many of the diner’s customers were saddened upon learning the news, Porfiris said.
“Everybody has memories from Georgia Diner,” said Porfiris. “Day, night, anytime they wanted to eat they could come.”
Porfiris said that some of the employees would be transferred to the new location, but noted that the staff would need to be merged with Nevada’s own employees.
The property, which was on the market for several years, was sold by Kaloidis for $14.25 million last month to Tom Wu of Justice Ave Tower II.
The same company also bought a portion of the diner’s parking lot, located at 88-08 Justice Ave., in November 2014 for $26.5 million. That property was also owned by Kaloidis.
Wu is currently constructing an 18-story, mixed-use building on the Justice Avenue lot. The building will have 184 dwelling units when it is complete.