Holding the contest, said Kyratzis, is also a way to let people know the diner is still open. Ever since media reports about the possible closing of the diner, she said she has lost some regular customers.
"The landlord didn't tell us to close, so we are staying open," said Kyratzis.
The Scotia Planning Board started off this year by approving developer Bruce Tanski's project to demolish the diner, formerly Attanasio's Restaurant, and three houses along Glen Avenue to develop a three-story apartment complex. The Scotia Diner has severed food for 50 years and Kyratzis has owned the diner for 25 years.
She had a two-year lease on the location, but the owner refused to offer another lease agreement, said Aristotales "Terry" Kyratzis, manager and chef for Scotia Diner. Since then the space has been rented and paid for on a monthly basis. Village Mayor Kris Kastberg previously said there is little the village could do to stop the development.
For now the Scotia Diner is going to keep serving up food as the alligator watches on.