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Plainview Diner Welcomes All

The Plainview Diner is welcoming all residents to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, this year, where co-owners John Papavasilopoulos and Nicholas Kalamaras have operated the neighborhood favorite since 1972.

The diner will have a special Mother’s Day dinner menu, which will feature up to seven items, including steak and fish entrees. Their regular breakfast menu will be served, as well as daily discounts.

“Mother’s Day is the biggest day of the year, right after Christmas,” Kalamaras said, who recalled his youth in Greece, where his mother cooked “delicious Greek food that I’ll never forget.”

Kalamaras and his wife, Irene, have been married for 45 years, and he said his wife continues to make Greek food for family gatherings.

Papavasilopoulos, who first came to the U.S. in 1972, said numerous dishes on the menu have been inspired by his mother, Pam’s, cooking — including their spinach pie and Greek chicken, which is only available on Thursdays.

“She lives in Greece and comes to visit when she can,” Papavasilopoulos said. “It’s a great feeling to see families come in and enjoy Mother’s Day; it’s a very special day.”

Papavasilopoulos said he expects an estimated 1,000 customers to come through their doors on Mother’s Day.  He will be joined by his wife, Anna, of 29 years, and son, who works at the restaurant to welcome all customers in Plainview, or those passing through from other towns.

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