Ridgites won’t have to take their eats to-go, according to the soon-to-be-former owner of a Bay Ridge institution.
The owner of the Bridgeview Diner is selling his restaurant after 35 years, but the greasy spoon on Third Avenue at 90th Street isn’t going anywhere, he said, because he sold it to a former business partner who will keep the Bridgeview open as is. The longtime owner and founder is turning 77 in April and he said he’s had his fill of the frenzied food industry.
“I’m getting too old — this is a 24-hour operation, and have to be here seven days a week,” said owner Gus Panteleakis, a consummate professional who wears a suit and tie to work every day. “I don’t want to sell it — it’s like my kid, but I’m tired.”
Panteleakis signs the business over next month to restaurateur Dimitrios Kaloidis, who owns four diners in Brooklyn and Queens, a spokesman for Kaloidis said.
“I’m glad he bought it, because it’s going to stay a diner,” said Panteleakis, who also lives in Bay Ridge. “He knows what he’s doing.”
And diners shared the sentiment.
“Where else would I get a burger at 4 am?” said eater Jamar Wright.
Little will change in the favorite spot for locals.
“It’s more or less going to stay the same — they might add a couple items to the menu,” said Paul Kerantzas, an accountant for Kaloidis. “It might be spruced up, but there are no immediate plans. [Kaloidis] wants to get in first.”
And Kaloidis owns the land the diner sits on, so the eatery could sling Greek and American fare — as well as homemade pastries — for years to come, he said.
Kaloidis also owns the Arch Diner in Canarsie and the Floridian in Flatlands.
Panteleakis may be getting out of the diner business, but he said he still plans to stop into the diner on occasion.
“I’ll be here for coffee,” he said. “A lot of customers of mine are friends. I have the best clientèle in New York State.”