Broadway Restaurant was badly damaged in a fire on New Year’s Day, but the owner is now working on getting the old-school diner on Broadway between 101st and 102nd Street back in shape to reopen.
No injuries were reported, but the fire tore though the restaurant’s interior. “We had a lot of damage after the fire, and we are working on it,” wrote owner Tony Arsenis, in an email to West Side Rag. “We’re optimistic about reopening and thank all of our loyal customers.”
Asked if there is anything the community can do to help the business, Arsenis wrote “Just their support. Like I said there was a lot of damage and nothing is definite but we are working on it and are optimistic to reopen.”
Earlier this week, Arsenis’ niece Christy Kolokouris wrote to us, saying “he said that they started doing work on the restaurant and will hopefully reopen in a couple of weeks.”
Broadway Restaurant opened in 1970, and has retained its charm. Readers lamented the closure, with one calling it his “favorite throwback diner.”