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Eat on: The Bridgeview Diner’s new owner will keep the Ridge eatery as-is, according to founder Gus Panteleakis.
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Regulars at a Bay Ridge diner won’t have to take the check just yet, according to the soon-to-be-former owner of the neighborhood institution.

The proprietor 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 it open as is. The longtime owner and founder is turning 77 in April and he said he’s had his fill of the food industry.

“I’m getting too old — this is a 24-hour operation, and I 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 lives in Bay Ridge. “He knows what he’s doing.”

Diners shared the sentiment.

“Where else would I get a burger at 4 am?” said patron Jamar Wright.

Little will change about the operation, for now.

“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.”

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 in on occasion.

“I’ll be here for coffee,” he said. “A lot of customers of mine are friends. I have the best clientele in New York state.”

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Nobodys Fool from Gentriville says:
Who are they kidding?

After the greasy spoon greases a few pols your going to see an 18 story luxury condo.
Feb. 24, 2015, 11:20 am
Joe from Bay Ridge says:
One of the greatest restaraunts in Bay Ridge. Love the hamburgers and the fries are tasty.
Feb. 24, 2015, 8:07 pm
leo from bay ridge says:
I will miss it with all my heart I grew up in there
Feb. 26, 2015, 11:38 pm
Dona from Bay ridge says:
I worked her for many years my son grew up on the stool at the counter. Good luck Gus!
June 11, 2015, 9:25 pm
Dona from Bay ridge says:
I worked here for many years my son grew up on the stool at the counter. Good luck Gus!
June 11, 2015, 9:26 pm
John from Historyville says:
Bring back the Venus II
July 29, 2015, 12:21 pm
Lisa from Bay Ridge says:
Have been coming here for years....its the family's meeting place and favorite diner. Visited today with a large group of people and those who didn't order breakfast were pretty disappointed with the food. The orders for well done eggs were still runny; burgers were still bloody after ordering medium rare and the orders for wraps and panini that were served with salads were stuffed with so much lettuce and tomato you could make another side salad out of it. To make it worse, the breads were soaking wet from the salad making it very unappetizing to eat. The one brave soul who ordered an alfredo pasta dish was sadly disappointed with how overcooked and mushy it was. They say only the owner is changing, but I beg to differ. Seems like they changed cooks and have gotten sloppy. Sad to see this happen to a favorite place to gather and enjoy.
Aug. 20, 2015, 9:57 pm
Jimmy blank from Dyker says:
Glad it hopefully staying as a dinner.
It's a very demanding business.
Been coming here since the 70s.
My favorite is waffles with ice cream
Walnut syrup and a little chocolate syrup
and whip cream.
Please patronize Bridgeview Dinnet often.
Diners are becoming a rare commodity.
April 15, 2017, 2:31 pm

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