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Nothing’s Finer Than Dee Dee’s Diner

New luncheonette opens up on Floral Park’s Tulip Avenue 

The old-fashioned vibe of the 1950’s American luncheonette has been reincarnated on Tulip Avenue.  On May 10 at 6 a.m. Dee Dee’s luncheonette officially opened its doors to Floral Park residents, at 142 Tulip Avenue.

 

For several months, the spot that once hosted Fiores Italian Restaurant was under renovation. Now what stands in its place is a blast from the past for older residents and a new experience for younger ones. The diner’s menu features classics such as egg creams, milk shakes and American burgers, to name a few. 

 

The renovation took a little over a year, according to co-owner Kerry Deluca.

 

“Every detail was picked out meticulously and the details took a long time,” said Deluca. “People on the street were constantly asking me when is it opening but guests have told me it was worth the wait.” 

 

The idea to recreate the classic American diner environment came from a picture hanging in the restaurant itself. The picture depicts a policeman and a little boy and according to Deluca it fully represents the town of Floral Park.

 

“Everybody looks out for everybody in the town,” she says. “We wanted to give families another option and kids a place to come after school.”

 

Old- fashioned Brooklyn egg creams are made in the original seltzer bottle straight from Brooklyn.  The organic ice cream and thick shakes are also from the classic Brooklyn luncheonette scene of decades past. While desserts are a major positive for the diner, they are also proud of their classic burgers, fries, salads and cold brewed ice coffee.

 

“The first two weeks we were completely slammed, which was good,” says Deluca. “There is usually a big breakfast rush and then a quiet period and then big lunch rush and then another quiet period until the kids rush from school for ice cream.”

 

Comment cards are placed on each table for customers to give feedback. It’s important for the diner’s owners and staff to know what they need to work on. 

 

What is especially homey about Dee Dee’s is the familiar faces you will see while enjoying your meal. Co-owners Tom and Kerry Deluca are Floral Park natives themselves and staffed the facility with mostly locals. While many recognize Floral Park for the numerous bars on Tulip Avenue, this represents a new option for a more family-friendly atmosphere.

 

"It’s a town where everybody knows everybody and it’s a nice place to take your kids,” says Deluca. “Hopefully everybody who comes will remember it and have a pleasant experience and want to come back.” 

News

The Nassau County Robbery Squad detectives are investigating a bank robbery that occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 17 which occurred at 5:40 p.m. in Floral Park.

According to detectives, a black, male subject entered the Capital One Bank, 170 Tulip Ave. and approached a teller. The subject produced a handgun and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed about of cash, the subject fled the bank and was last seen heading southbound on Plainfield Ave. The subject was described as being 35 to 40 years old, 6’ tall, stocky build, wearing a dark colored baseball cap, sunglasses, a white T-shirt and dark pants, During the incident there were four employees and one customer present. No injuries were reported.

Home security company Safe Choice Security recently compiled a list of the 29 safest places to live in New York State, and Floral Park made the ranks as one of four places in Nassau County. Using 2012 FCI crime statistics to analyze violent and property crime rates in the area, Safe Choice Security said it ranks each community based on its potential risk.


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