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Golden Diner Reopens This Weekend After a Fire Forced Month-Long Shutdown

Plus, the city’s first Burmese street fair is headed to Elmhurst this weekend — and more intel

The dining room at Golden Diner
Golden Diner will reopen this weekend after a fire forced the restaurant to shut down for the past month.
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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.

In other news

— Gothamist sifted through the latest Restaurant Revitalization Fund data and found that the smallest grant given in NYC went to Bierwax in Prospect Heights. While there were nearly 5,400 recipients — with some restaurants receiving million of dollars — the Brooklyn beer-and-vinyl bar received $1,435.

— Two new dining options are headed to East Hampton this weekend: Japanese restaurant O by Kissaki debuts today at 47 Montauk Highway. Over at Moby’s, S.Pellegrino is hosting popular Japanese-Italian restaurant Kimika on Sunday, August 15 for a family-style feast to celebrate the Italian Ferragosto holiday.

— Russ & Daughters co-owner Josh Russ Tupper gets the spotlight in the latest New York Times Sunday Routine column.

— Planet Taco, which Eater’s Robert Sietsema checked out earlier this year for its “bewildering-yet-delightful mix of tacos,” reopened after staying closed the past two months, EV Grieve reports.

— The first Burmese street fair event is taking over Woodside Avenue between 78th and 79th streets in Elmhurst on Sunday, August 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with four food vendors. — Caroline Shin, Eater contributor

— How to stay cool this weekend:

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