Comfort Diner is Opening on Grand Street Later This Week

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 at 6:00 am by
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It was around this time last year – the Jewish high holidays – that Noah’s Ark kosher deli closed in observance. Never to reopen, despite some assurances to the contrary. Holy Schnitzel subsequently made a run for the establishment yet ultimately was passed over for the Comfort Diner.

For the Midtown-based diner, the pin in the proverbial calendar had marked Labor Day as the grand opening date, though that was not to be. Now a few months on, launch is nigh. Marquee neons are in place and switched on; the dining room is set. The establishment should begin serving by end of week.

The new signage promises wine, beer, cocktails, and spirits. It’s the latter that isn’t pretty with some neighbors. Indeed, their application was struck down by Community Board 3 last month due in part to a lack of agreement with the SPaCE block association.

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Stipulations proposed were Sunday through Wednesday, 12am, thur-sat 1am (willingness to back closing time until 2am after a minimum of 6 months). Comfort Diner had rejected the deal. Meanwhile, ownership went straight to the State Liquor Authority where the license is currently pending. So the sign is technically false advertising.

“SPaCE weclomes the comfort diner and is looking forward to having the restaurant in our neighborhood,” Emma Culbert tells us. “That said, we can’t back a 4am license.”

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