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Boerum Hill's 90 Year-Old New St. Clair Diner in Jeopardy

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The future doesn't look bright for the New St. Clair Diner, a greasy spoon in Boerum Hill that opened in 1920 and was renovated in 2007. Earlier this week, mega-developer Joe Sitt of Thor Equities bought the diner's building for $5.4 million in a foreclosure auction and announced plans to develop the entire corner, one of the most heavily trafficked in yuppified Brooklyn, and the two bottom floors of the building into 6,000 square feet of retail space. He told the WSJ, "I'm a big believer in the transformation that's about to happen because of all of the new residents. It's a wonderful opportunity to buy the best corner in all of Brooklyn."

Workers at the restaurant told Eater they didn't know what was in store, but insiders report they probably have about three months before getting the boot from this "best corner." Says one disheartened resident, "The Greek diner is overpriced and kind of shitty, but it is THE destination in Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill for stressed out stroller-pushing parents in need of weekend brunch with little to no wait."

When the building went on the market in May, the listing noted that the diner had a lease until 2017 but noted "that the space can be delivered vacant."
· Buyer Back to Brooklyn [WSJ]
· More Changes Planned in Boerum Hill’s Future [Brooklyn Eagle]
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The New St. Clair Diner

292-294 Atlantic Ave., New York, NY

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