The Sourgoutsis family are no strangers to the diner business.
For years, they’ve brought the charm of a classic diner accompanied with friendly service and good food to Nassau County residents in Valley Stream and the Five Towns.
Now, the family has brought their years of restaurant experience, friendly staff and top-notch chefs to Queens with the Ozone Diner.
The diner is owned and operated by brother-sister team Dimitrios and Chrisavgi Sourgoutsis, who say running a restaurant practically runs in their blood.
“We grew up in the restaurant business,” Chrisavgi Sourgoutsis said. “We always came back to the traditions and values that we were brought up with in the business.”
The two had been helping out at their father’s largely popular diners out on Long Island and were looking to expand when they heard about the recently opened Linden Mall on Linden Boulevard. The eatery’s address is 133-35 79 St. in Howard Beach.
“We liked the corner property and that it had plenty of parking,” Sourgoutsis said.
The business has been open for about three and a half months now, and word is slowly getting out to people in Howard Beach, Ozone Park and Lindenwood, all of which are located near the new mall. Although still new to the communities, Sourgoutsis is starting to familiarize herself with some of the local faces.
“Slowly, we’re getting to know more and more people,” she said.
Although the owners try to provide the old-style diner feel with their menu options and friendly service, the interior is not like most other classic eateries.
The tall windows allow for a relaxing view of the nearby parks while chowing down on your meal and, if you look up, you can see some of the machinery running across the ceiling.
All of that is by design.
“We wanted to offer something different than you see in most diners,” she said.
In the back of the house, the brother-sister duo brought one of the family’s best chefs to Queens.
A look at the expansive menu shows classic choices such as all-day breakfast — but make sure to look farther back in the menu.
The Ozone Diner offers daily lunch specials, freshly made sandwiches and wraps, soups, burgers and more.
The diner also recently obtained a liquor license, so a full bar is at your service if you’re looking to wash your delicious meal down with a cocktail.
If coffee is more your speed, make sure to also ask about the homemade pies, cakes and other desserts.
Although you can call ahead and pick up your order, delivery is not yet available.
“We’re still trying to figure the area out,” Sourgoutsis said.
The Ozone Diner is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.
For more information, or to place your order, call (718) 296-3141.
Outdoor patio seating is available.