Scobee Diner Closing

The Great Scobee Diner

The Scobee diner has stood on the northwest corner of Little Neck Parkway and Northern Blvd for almost 50 years. It is a place almost anyone in northern queens identifies with good food, friends, and service. “Let’s go to the Scobee”, is probably the trademark line of friends looking to keep their fun evening going for just a little while longer. With several extensions and add-ons since first opening in the early 60’s the place has retained its flavor and feel.  It came as a shock to most of us when it was announced that the long standing restaurant was planning to close at the end of the month. A lot of fun nights with friends out will no doubt be ending a little earlier without the Scobee to go to.

The old familiar entrance sign, there are about 4 parking spaces in the front. I think I parked in the front maybe once. I thought it was great until I got heartburn realizing I had to back my car out into the middle of Northern Boulevard to leave.

Scobee Diner from Little Neck Parkway, it was just announced it will be closing.

Scobee business card.

Scobee counter.

The Scobee diner as it first appeared in the spring of 1962. There was also a second Scobee diner for a short time in Great neck.

The 20th century diner, which preceded the Scobee on the corner , it was built around 1940.

The nearby Seville Diner is also gone. It was about a half mile west down the road and closed several years ago.

A few blocks away from the diner once stoood the Little Neck movie theater.

Well at least we still have Fontana’s Famous Gyros, home of the best gyro in the world. If anyone hears it’s closing please don’t tell me, I’ve had all the bad news I can handle for a while.

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  1. Pat

     /  November 21, 2010

    Don’t forget Patrick’s Pub right across the Blvd

  2. Dan Radkey

     /  November 29, 2010

  3. Moss Miller

     /  December 3, 2010

    Had just tried the Scobee last summer, and returned there for a nice brunch in November before visiting a cemetery in Elmont. Too bad about that rent hike, have lost other favorites in Westchester because of landlord greed. But with the building and parking lot, there is enough land to put up another apartment house. There is still the Omega Coffee Shop, at 20007 32 Ave Bayside off I-295 for those that want a good diner in the area.

  4. V.E.G.

     /  January 21, 2014

    The diner has the same last name as two heroes: world famous astronaut, Francis Richard “Dick” Scobee and hero and lumberjack, Roland L. Scobee! Both are gone now, and Dick died very unexpectedly and Roland died a hero. People say to Roland, may the birds be with you.

  5. V.E.G.

     /  June 17, 2014

    Roland L. Scobee:
    His parents and sister are gone now, but he will be remembered by his brother, Randy.


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