Friday, April 3, 2009

Questions!



So someone reading this site (other than my family) asks if anyone can remember the name of the diner on Queens Boulevard at the North East corner of its intersection with Van Loon Street. I should remember it because I ate there a few times before it became Harbor City, but the name escapes me. Does anyone recall?

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Was it called Golden Pond? There's currently a Golden Pond in Forest Hills, so maybe I'm getting them mixed up, but I seem to remember it being called that...

Anonymous said...

The Apollo 11 Diner.

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Anonymous said...

I believe it was the Sage Diner..

Anonymous said...

The Sage was located at the end of Maurice Ave where it met Queens Blvd across the Street from the Elks Club

Anonymous said...

The Sage, which was one of the most famous diners back in the 60's and 70's was across Queens Blvd. it is now Pop's Diner.

The name of that diner in the picture was indeed the Apollo.

It opened in the mid 70's and had short lived fame until the Georgia Diner opened in the very late 70s.

The Georgia is still one of the buissiest diners in Queens.

My mom worked for a short time at the Apollo and I worked many years at the Georgia!!

jacktaylor said...

The Sage was a great diner. The Georgia Diner was and I guess still is very crowded.

ted said...

In the 50's the only restaurant that I can recall was the former White Castle on the same site as it now stands. Working class people at at home. In my case our family at 5:30 pm. I was never late or else.

ted said...

When I grew up in the 50's there were few cars on the street. Parking was easy. When we bought our home in 1956 at 92-29 53rd Avenue, nobody dared park in front of it because it was our spot. There were private house on Queens Boulevard and we played baseball on a small lot adjacent to Fairyland, across from Newtown field. The school yards had their gates closed but it was a rite of passage to climb over them with panache.

Anonymous said...

It was also called the broadway diner in the 80's and early 90's

Damian said...

I grew up on VAn Loon during the 70's and 80's. It was the Off Broadway Diner before it a Chinese slop shack. I remember when the owners held a contest to find a new name to replace the Apollo. My mothers friend Ann Hart I believe won. In those days I could buy cigarettes for a 50 cents for my father and I was under the age of 10.

...Damian

Anonymous said...

The Sage

Anonymous said...

That Pic was the Apollo 11 diner without question.My mom Nancy worked in there as a waitress and even served Telly Savalas a.k.a Kojak The Apollo 11 was owned by a Guy named Pete.He took his business to the Queens Center Mall which had been open and was part of the big cafeteria.
My mom years earlier worked at the Sage Diner which was about 2 blocks away and 1 block from the Elks lodge which was across the Blvd. from RAYCO.

Anonymous said...

I believe this diner was called "Hong Kong Diner" prior to it's last incarnation.

James A Craven said...

The SAGE

Anonymous said...

It was called the hong kong "something"

Anonymous said...

I grew up in Elmhurst from 1964 going through present and it was the Sage Diner for the longest time then sold and name changed to I think Apollo

Anonymous said...

Sage Diner., for sure.