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DEMOLISHED! El Greco Diner Torn Down To Make Way For Condo Development (Photos)

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After 40 years of serving up burgers and breakfasts to Sheepshead Bay residents, the iconic building that housed El Greco Diner has been demolished.

Crews arrived this morning and began tearing away at the structure, with most of it turned into a heap of metal, wood and plaster by 10:30am today.

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At that time, only a small fraction of the building still stood, mostly the front signage and patio.

Here you can see the doorway that once led into the bathroom, with nothing but rubble in front of it:

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The demolition is being done to make way for an eight-story condominium development that will feature ground-level retail and 9,000-square-foot public plaza facing the water. The project is being done by Rybak Development, and recently won Community Board 15’s support for the public plaza.el-greco-demo-5

The building sold for $13 million in December. El Greco’s owner, George Venetoklis, told Sheepshead Bites at the time that the costs of running the business were making it unsustainable.

“Our model was large portions at good prices. Our food prices were beginning to skyrocket and we couldn’t keep up,” he said. “Real estate taxes, labor costs, everything took its toll. As a family, we realized we put in our time. Forty years, it was time to move on.”

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Dozens of onlookers stopped to peer through the fencing during the demolition this morning, Many left shaking their heads, and remarking on their memories.

“It’s amazing, isn’t it. Forty years, and then just gone in one morning,” said one passerby.

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Some shed actual tears.

“I cried all morning,” said Theresa, the psychic who lives and works across the street at 1788 Sheepshead Bay Road. “I have a son, he passed away. I remember he used to run across the street and get burgers. It’s sad.”

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The building will likely be entirely torn down by the end of the day. We’ll return for more photos and update this post.

 

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  1. “I cried all morning,’ said Theresa, the psychic who lives and works across the street”

    As a psychic, shouldn’t she have seen this coming?

  2. Good By and so long. But I am sorry that a building is going up the bay is not what it used to be.

  3. Enough with the condos already!! This borough is overcrowded enough! More garbage, less parking, etc! Don’t the politicians care about this issue? Sad!

  4. Of course they care!

    They care about their pockets being lined by developers, & that it should never stop.

    See? Now you know!

  5. We are living in the most corrupt times from cops to law makers/politicians…

  6. Too late, the upzoning when on right under your noses. Ask your councilmembers about it. It’s all legal.

  7. I used to call it El Drecko, and now, yet another overpriced high-rise will take it’s place as every last little space in New York must be over-gentrified to the point of pricing the locals out.

  8. Sad but true…..and nothing will ever change….will just progressively get worse as its been getting.

  9. More people brings more money and business to the neighborhood. So even though it might be more crowded it will help the economy. And sheepshead bay isn’t that overcrowded compared to some other neighborhoods in Brooklyn

  10. Price the locals out? Most of the old time locals that have lived here for 40+ years usually own their property so they dont have to worry about being priced out

  11. I was not a patron of this diner, but I feel bad that many Greco’s waitstaff and etc. lost their jobs as a result of this project. All this residential building boom without job creation will not serve us well. As H Ross Perot said about NAFTA many years ago, ‘that sucking sound you hear, is jobs leaving the USA’. This is yet another example, on a smaller scale.

  12. Sorry Joe, but you can’t have housing without jobs. This trend is bad for Crooklyn and the USA as a whole. I am here, I own and I am worried about my newer neighbors.

  13. OH PLEASE.. THIS PSYCHIC IS A SCAM.. AND AS FAR AS EL GRECO, GOOD RIDDENCE, THAT PLACE WAS ROACH INFESTED AND NASTY ASS STAFF. I REMEMBER BACK IN THE DAY, WHERE YOU HAD A SMILING WAITRESS, NOW ITS ALL “WHAT THE f_CK DO YOU WANT, HURRY THE f_ck UP, I AM GOING ON BREAK”

  14. Good riddance, don’t remmeber how many times I’ve been there, maybe 100’s. I don’t know why people are nostalgic about this place, the only thing I could stand to eat there are mozzarella sticks and only after 2am. This was the go to place for late night snacks for the lack of a better option. Hopefully the commercial space below will house somethin better, as long as its not starbucks, as those seem to become bumcentrals, judging from Brighton, or Kings Hwy locations.

  15. I had not eaten at El Creco for decades; I remember when there was a DEA drug buy and bust gone bad and some shots were fired. That was a long time ago. Most of you readers seem to be negative towards the diner, so I respect your opinions. I really liked the diner on Emmons not far from the Belt Pkwy entrance, long gone. I think it was called the Sheepshead Bay Diner. I also like the Tip Top Diner (circa 1968) on Emmons. I hope Perry’s stays around for decades to come.

  16. So many fond memories of falling out of Captain Walters in time for breakfast. I’m devastated I’ll have to take the day off.
    They should make it a park with a hot dog push cart, screw the condos blocking up the skyline.

  17. They didn’t lose jobs because of the developers. They lost their jobs because the el greco owners wanted to sell. And for jobs to return to America people need to start buying American made goods not goods made overseas

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