March 22, 2016 By Michael Florio
A long-time diner and ice cream parlor will soon be reopening after undergoing a makeover.
Jahn’s, which has been located at 81-04 37th Ave for nearly 60 years, is expected to be ready for business this Friday, according to owner Nick Moukas.
The eatery closed on March 14th for a revamp, Moukas said.
“We are just giving the store a basic facelift,” Moukas said. “It’s been 30 years since we last remodeled. It needed it.”
The renovations include new tiling, chairs and tables, as well as redoing the bathroom and painting the interior, according to Moukas.
The decor will pay homage to the 1950s and 1960s, Moukas said.
Despite the makeover, the menu will not be changing.
The restaurant will continue to offer its full menu including sandwiches, burgers, steak, kabobs, souvlaki and seafood.
It is widely known for its ice cream. The ice cream menu includes sundaes, banana splits, floats, milk shakes, and the kitchen sink, which is a large ice cream sundae that serves eight.
This month marks the 57th year that Jahn’s has been part of Jackson Heights, Moukas said. His family has owned the store since 1970. Today, he runs it along with his brother, Peter Moukas.
Moukas’ eatery is the last Jahn’s in New York.
Jahn’s was once part of an ice cream chain that was established by John Jahn in the Bronx in the late 1890s . The chain consisted of nearly 30 ice cream parlors across the city.