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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.

News

It’s hard to imagine that it’s Thanksgiving already. Is it me, or did we just celebrate? Halloween wasn’t even upon us and the stores were stocked with Thanksgiving and Christmas items. We say to ourselves, “each year, it comes earlier and earlier.” While some prepare to cook and figure out where to seat relatives to avoid arguments, others plan to dine out. To many of us, Thanksgiving means shopping on Black Friday. But for the few and far between who look forward to catching the latest film from the array released exclusively for the holiday weekend, the time has come to relish relaxation. Sit back and enjoy the weekend at the movies, while the deliciousness of turkey and stuffing is probably still digesting in your tummy.

The following movies opened on Nov. 26:

The Penguins of Madagascar (PG–92 mins)

The Penguins of Madagascar finally have their own movie. If you’re familiar with the previous Madagascar films, featuring the zoo animals and their adventures, then you already know the funny and lovable spy penguins. Packed with animated fun for the whole family, Skipper, Kowalksi, Rico and Private begin a journey as undercover agents to help stop the notorious villain, Dr. Octavious. New and returning voices include Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath, Christopher Knight, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and many more.

If you have a sweet tooth and want a taste of confectionary perfection, take a drive down Manetto Hill Road. Set far back in a shopping center you will find Sweet Karma Bakery. No matter where you park in the lot, your nose will be greeted by the scent of freshly baked cakes and cookies.

Owner and pastry chef Brian Fishman graduated from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in 1991. He was a savory chef for eight years before he chose pastries over pâtés.


Calendar

Owl Prowl

Saturday, Nov. 29

Holiday Tea

Monday, Dec. 1

Art in the Afternoon

Wednesday, Dec. 3



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