Golden Diner throws a party ahead of reopening this weekend following kitchen fire
Nearly a month after a kitchen fire forced Golden Diner to shut down, the popular Two Bridges restaurant is throwing a reopening party tonight before welcoming back diners this weekend.
Owner Sam Yoo tells Eater there will be limited seating and a smaller menu to start, but that he hopes to be fully open in about a week. A fundraiser, which generated more than $45,000 so far with donations from customers and local restaurant owners, has helped pay for the salaries of 25 employees since the closing, according to Yoo. The party at Golden Diner tonight, which is slated to run from 5 to 9 p.m., is meant to celebrate the reopening and recognize the support.
“I just want to express extreme gratitude to the community and my staff,” Yoo says. “Just seeing that we do have an impact on the community meant a lot. Our team felt it, I felt it.”
Golden Diner plans to initially stay open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. all other days except on Mondays, when it’s closed.
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