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Pop Diner on QB in Elmhurst

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Pop Diner on QB in Elmhurst

Warren | Aug 12, 2004 11:04 AM

Some of the mystery about the new Pop Diner that replaced the decrepit Sage at 80-26 Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst is cleared up in a news report in the current issue of the weekly Queens Chronicle. The diner's name refers to pop art and the 1970s era of Andy Warhol and his cronies. The new venture is owned by Nick Tsakonas, John Mavrikis and Tommy Urena, who are also involved with the long-established Lindenwood Diner in Brooklyn and Jonathan's in Garden City Park, Nassau County. The Pop Diner's chef, Kishore Mondal, was "formally trained" in Hong Kong, New Orleans, and India. The multi-ethnic menu is comprised of Latin, Oriental and Carribean dishes, along with traditional American diner fare. Each day, Mondal will prepare 10 different "specials" for lunch and dinner. He has also hired baker Parnasi "Bobby" Igustibagus to create all of the diner's cakes, pastries, and breads. The diner is open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 6AM to 1AM the rest of the week.

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