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Scotia Diner to be replaced with housing

"I was there for a couple of the meetings and a lot of the questions people are asking right now were answered by the planning board," said Kastberg. "There is no law to force him to keep the diner there there is no way that the village and insist that the diner stay there."

Anita Kyratzis has owned the business for 25 years now and 12 employees will lose their job if the building is demolished. Previously she had a two-year lease on the location, but the owner refused to offer another lease agreement, said Terry Kyratzis. Since then the space has been rented and paid for on a monthly basis.

"I can't see taking an institution like the Scotia Diner and moving it or shutting it down, because somebody doesn't want to put it in their plans," said Kyratzis.

Tanski could not be reached for comment before going to press on Jan. 19.

If the time to move does come, Kyratzis is hoping a different location could be found to house the diner. Kastberg said he contacted Metroplex, so the group could help the diner find an alternate location within the village. He said there are a couple spots currently being considered.

One thing that didn't make sense to Kyratzis in the faCade plans is to make the lower level of the apartment complex to look like commercial space.

"The Town approved look-a-like commercial windows in this floor plan to make it look like business; that is an oxymoron to me."

Part of the reasoning for not allowing the diner to continue operating is that the smell from the restaurant would not be suitable for apartment tenants.

"There is no smell and the smell is damn good cooking if there is any," said Kyratzis. "We have great food at a relatively inexpensive price, because we are a working man's diner. We pride ourselves on trying to keep costs down so that everybody can come here more than once, twice, three times a week."

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