Great Neck’s Seven Seas Diner has served its last meal, closing its doors to transform into a Greek restaurant, according to a Newsday report.
Jimmy Tsolis, who has owned Seven Seas with his brother, Peter, for more than 40 years told Newsday that lingering ripple effects from the coronavirus pandemic, heightened wages and general inflation played a role in their decision to retire.
Tsolis, originally from Greece, said the building will be reopened as a Greek restaurant to entice potential buyers.
“It’s sad,” Tsolis told Newsday. “I’m very upset because I’ve spent all my life here.”
The diner “served its last late-night omelet” on Saturday, according to Newsday. Efforts to reach Tsolis or representatives from the diner for further comment were unavailing.
The Greek native reportedly worked as a busser when he came to the United States until he saved up enough money to buy the diner located at 607 Northern Blvd. Since he and Peter first began to own the diner in 1979, it became known for its seafood.
Tsolis told Newsday that he had been forced to modify the diner’s hours of operation and condense his menu, uncommon trends with diners usually open 24 hours a day with extensive food options. The pandemic, he told Newsday, had a significant impact on his nighttime patrons.
An architect and designer have been hired to conduct the building renovations, Tsolis told Newsday. A chef specializing in Greek cuisine, he said, will train the current staff as traditional dishes will be incorporated in the business’ new menu.
“We had very good years, we worked very hard and people supported us,” Tsolis told Newsday.
No timetable for when renovations would be completed was provided by Tsolis in the article.