The closing of the Park Slope Dizzy's Diner follows the same fate as the Classic Diner in Carroll Gardens, which previously shut down. Both are sad news.
I have enjoyed many excellent meals for decades when frequenting any one of the many local diners. But over the years, we have seen the demise of too many diners.
Diners have been part of my life from my teenage years to today. Eating out is a periodic ritual with either friends or family.
Portions are generous. Who never took a doggie bag home with leftovers to eat the next day? Many times we bagged our desserts to go, as well.
Neighborhoods all over New York City have seen changes. Many new immigrant groups sometimes favor their own ethnic foods and restaurants. Diners have also lost customers over time to numerous fast food restaurants.
Remember, these people are our neighbors. Our local entrepreneurs who own and operate diners have continued to invest in our community, creating new employment opportunities without the assistance of federally funded taxpayers stimulus dollars.
They work long hours, pay taxes and provide local employment. If we don't patronize our local restaurants, they don't eat either.
Here's hoping that Brooklyn diners like George's, Floridian, Hope & Anchor, Jimmy's Place, Junior’s, Lindenwood, Mary's, Mirage Mike's, Oasis, Rosalu, Tina's and a handful of others still in business don't go the way of the dinosaurs into permanent extinction.
Why not stop by your local diner for dinner now that they have reopened with 25 percent indoor seating?