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Neptune owner says diner is staying put

Specifies property sold; not business

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2019 10:30 am

The Neptune Diner is an Astoria institution, having been at the intersection of Astoria Boulevard and 31st Avenue under the shadow of the N/W subway line for more than 40 years.

And when, according to city records, the property at 31-05 Astoria Blvd. was sold for a tidy sum last year, rumors started to spread that the neighborhood site which has hosted generations of Sunday dinners, first dates and late-night snacks, might see its days numbered.

But the owners are telling the Chronicle that the sandwiches, burgers and fries, pastries, Greek specialties and omelettes that come with perfectly prepared home fries are going nowhere.

“We’re not closing,” Peter Katishtis, who owns the business with his brother, George, told the Chronicle in a telephone interview last week. “We’ve been here about 40 years. The land was sold, but we have a lease for another three or four years. We’re staying open.”

The location is a good one, just below the Astoria Boulevard subway station at the intersection of two major roads. It also is at the perfect spot for hungry travelers just coming into Queens via the Triborough/RFK Bridge.

George Stevens, a regular customer, said Sunday he hadn’t heard the rumors, but is glad they are nothing more than that.

“It’s a good restaurant,” Stevens said. “They have good food, good service and good prices.”

Queens has been hit hard by the loss of popular diners in recent years.

The Flagship Diner in Briarwood and the Shalimar in Rego Park closed in July and November 2018, respectively.

This year the Terrace Diner in Bay Terrace closed in March, followed by Kane’s in Flushing in May.

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