Most Queens residents have at the very least seen the Palace Diner, on the corner of the Long Island Expressway and Main Street in Flushing, and many have had a meal or two there in the last 35 years it has been in business. But unfortunately, this Friday, December 30th will be the last day the Palace will open its doors.
First opening in 1976, the Palace has been a popular hangout and one of the last diners left in the area. The struggling economy and changes in the neighborhood have led owner George Mantzikos to make the difficult decision to close the doors on the place he’s spent 80 hours a week in for nearly 30 years.
Regulars and local residents have been visiting the staff at the diner, many of which have worked there for decades, over the last week. While it has been emotional, it has also been a way to remember the times shared there over good food.
The diner is going to be replaced by an upscale Chinese restaurant.