Brooklyn’s Decades-Old Kellogg’s Diner Goes Bankrupt, Lists for $2.5 Million


Kellogg’s Diner filed for bankruptcy in August 2021. Rob Kim/Getty Images

From Eater New York: Williamsburg’s decades-old Kellogg’s Diner is up for sale. The restaurant, a neon-lit fixture on the corner of Metropolitan and Union avenues for close to a century, was handed over to creditors in late January after filing for bankruptcy. The business recently appeared in a commercial real estate listing online with an asking price of $2.5 million.

The iconic restaurant, known for its late-night crowds and appearance in an episode of HBO’s Girls, will remain open during the sale, says Victor Moneypenny, a broker with MYC & Associates, the Staten Island real estate agency that’s executing the sale. The diner’s new owner will inherit its liquor license and a 30-year lease beginning on June 1, 2023, whose terms will be negotiated between the buyer and the landlord.

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Iconic Arby’s sign comes down in Winston-Salem


Carolina Signs & Lighting’s vice president Joel Freeman shoots video as crane operator Dan Pennington lowers the bottom third of the Knollwood Arby’s 10-gallon hat sign on to a flatbed trailer, Monday, May 1, 2023. Walt Unks, Journal

From the Statesville Record & Landmark: The historic — and iconic — Arby’s sign shaped like a giant cowboy hat has been taken down from its spot on Knollwood Street after decades of flashing the message about delicious roast beef.

The restaurant is already closed, but that didn’t stop some people coming by Monday from pulling up to the drive-through lane as workers nearby struggled to take apart the big sign.

Joel Freeman of Carolina Signs & Lighting said his crew would take down the sign in three sections, adding that the years have caused the sign sections to rust tight.

Workers began at 9 a.m., but it wasn’t until 1:30 or so until the top of the cowboy hat was detached and safely down into a flatbed trailer. By 7:30 p.m., the sign had been disassembled and was trucked right up Fourth Street toward its new home.

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Positively New Jersey: Mourning the death of 24-hour diners in the Garden State


From News12 New Jersey: New Jersey is considered the world capital of diners and diner culture. And a key part of that experience is sliding into a booth in the late night or early hours of the morning.

It’s hard to imagine working the late shift, being a lonely insomniac or leaving a nightclub or a concert and not having a diner to go to for some comfort food and human contact.
But the post-pandemic economy has left New Jersey with very few diners still open late or all night.

A diner in West Brattleboro goes dark


Brattleboro’s iconic Chelsea Royal Diner closed mid-April, according to an announcement from the owners. Courtesy photo/The Commons

From VTDigger: WEST BRATTLEBORO—On April 7, Brattleboro’s beloved Chelsea Royal Diner, having already been closed for three months, made a post on its Facebook page.

“Don’t worry,” the announcement said, “we will announce when we are back in action[.] I know it’s hard to wait [heart emoji] we appreciate your patience.”

But this past weekend, owners Todd Darrah and Janet Picard announced that the popular restaurant will not reopen again — at least not under their management.

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Legendary Shore diner is up for sale. Is this the end?


Mustache Bill’s Diner, Barnegat Light Alex Remnick I The Star-Ledger

From Have several million dollars lying around? You can buy the Jersey Shore’s most storied diner.

Mustache Bill’s Diner in Barnegat Light, a gloriously retro wonder that opened as Joe’s Barnegat Light Diner, is on the market for $3.65 million, Dottie Brady Zauli, the sister of Bill Smith, Mustache Bill’s owner, told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday.

Smith is retiring after 51 years. Now 72, he was just 12 when he started as a dishwasher at Joe’s Barnegat Light Diner. The Long Beach Island eatery opened on May 9, 1959, when hamburgers and coffee were served free from 2 to 5 p.m. and a turkey platter cost $1. Smith, who has sported a mustache since his senior year of high school, bought the diner in 1972.

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