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Poll: Vacant Diner in Mineola

What would you like to see fill the vacant space left by Kiss the Chef?

, the restored railroad car diner from the 1940’s that was used in a scene from the movie “Morning Glory” in 2009, is once again no longer serving Mineola patrons – at least for now – as a “For Sale” sign hangs outside the location at 106 E. Second Street.

Smith & DeGroat is the listing agent for the 1,000 sq. ft. property, which is available for lease at $3,000 per month.

Loop Net Inc., which describes itself as the No. 1 commercial real estate service online, included this statement about the diner:

“Lovely Mountain Diner for lease. No key money needed. Just bring in the food and you are in business. Located in busy industrial area. Close to and .”

A phone call to Smith & DeGroat was not returned. The diner’s phone number is no longer in service.

Originally opened in 2007 by owners Lorraine and Horacio Mazariegos, the couple sold the business in 2009 to spend more time with their family they said in an . The story said that, at the coaxing of the diner's property owner and former patrons, “we were enticed to come back,” Lorraine said. "We're happy to be back. This is like home."

The location has been a Mineola hot spot for breakfast and lunch.

In Monday’s Patch question, we want to hear what business you would like to see fill the vacancy? What store do you think would work in this historic diner at 106 E. Second Street and Hudson Street. If not a diner, then what?

Patch will regularly spotlight vacant commercial properties in effort to initiate a discussion within the community about alternative uses for these abandoned places. If you'd like to know more about a specific property, please comment below.

RJ November 15, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Here's my experience @ KTS, when they first opened we ordered bacon and eggs, No Bacon. The reason the bacon truck did not come. OK, but you've been open 3 months. Next time it was French Toast, sorry no french toast ??? but you have eggs and bread right ? Finally, a few months later the young lady behind the cashier with the Miami Beach tan and all the bling, I tried to pay my bill (standard ham & eggs), I was the only customer there. She was on her cell discussing date nite, so I was put off with a wave of the hand till she was finished. You need some body with experience, the Greek diner pros would do.
Jaime Sumersille November 15, 2011 at 07:57 PM
Interesting experience @RJ. What do you think should occupy this place? Another diner?
Debbie Tobar November 18, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Would love a fun coffee shop. We miss the old Mo Joe's!

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