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Neptune Diner to Remain Open Despite Rumors of Closing

Aug. 30, 2019 By Shane O’Brien

The owner of Neptune Diner, a popular establishment on Astoria Boulevard, has dismissed rumors that it is closing down and said that the diner had signed a five-year lease.

Rumors have been circulating that the popular diner located at 31-05 Astoria Blvd was set to close its doors for good, but Peter Katsihtis, the diner’s owner, said that there was no truth to them.

Katsihtis said that the diner had recently signed a five-year lease and that it would not be closing down anytime soon.

The diner signed a 35-year lease in 1984 which expires on Aug. 31 and Katishtis said that this led to the circulation of rumors of the diner’s imminent closure. He said that the recent sale of the property also contributed to the speculation.

Kathsihtis said that the property’s ownership had changed hands, but that the new landlords have agreed to the lease extension.

The site that is home to Neptune Diner went up for sale in February 2018 along with two adjacent lots, casting doubts over the diner’s future. The property was sold for $10.35 million on Oct. 30, 2018.

There was also no option to extend the 35-year lease beyond Aug.31, 2019 at the time.

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DOM

GREEKS LIVES MATTER THE BEST HAMBUGER DELUX IN NYC THERE RICE PUDDINGIS OUT OF OF THIS WORLD NYC STRONG

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Anonymous

I had the bone in chicken breast with lemon sauce and lemon potatoes recently and the dish was excellent. I Will be going back. Very attentive staff, relaxing and comfortable table seating.

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Mando

This the only place I can take my Dad to where he doesn’t complain. I guess the food and atmosphere remind him of his youth. I wish they offered outdoor seating for us folks that want to sit away from the stinky kitchen as our elders sip on soup and crackers.

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Vasso

This is a great option for those liking this type of food. When I get a craving for something greasy, smelly and fatty I go to the fast food restaurant across the street which is way cheaper.

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Sara Ross

I’m glad another diner isn’t closing. Like another writer said – now we have to keep Key Food open.

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Crawdad

This place has horrible food and is a dump. It’s also an insult to anyone who values quality urbanity. It would be 1000x better if it were torn down and much-needed housing were built.

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Arleene Graham

Best diner in Queens besides being a Landmark in Astoria. I’m happy it’s staying.

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Vito Corleone

Agreed. I closed many “deals” here. And frankly, I think the same cakes are still on display from decades ago. But I love it. Feels like family. And family is everything.

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B

This place sucks! The food is horrendous. I was actually happy at the fact that something else would have opened here, what a shame.

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Pat Macnamara

I will hold a party when they finally shutter the doors. Garbage food served to drunks and low class Greeks who grow tired of washing their dirty dishes in the bathtub with themselves. Try the fresh fish and enjoy your trip to the ER at Astoria General

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Harry Bingham IV

More like the new landlords were going to build a gleaming new tower but got nervous and decided to give themselves 5 years of breathing room because there may be a recession coming up. Only a fool would pay $10 million dollars for those parcels just to collect rent from a diner. They came late to the party and they got cold feet.

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Don't Change Astoria

An Astoria Landmark is saved!! Thank you!! Now we have to save Key Food!!

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Kevin

Best news I’ve heard all weekend! Food and service here is always great, looking forward to 5 more years of great retsina!

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