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Blue Sky Diner Closes Following Building Inspection

The owner of the longtime Stratford diner says he hopes to reopen in about a month.

Town officials last week ordered the immediate closure of the following a structural engineer's inspection of the longtime Stratford diner.

"The engineer said we had to replace some I-beams," said owner Nikos Avramopoulos, who hopes to reopen in three to four weeks.

Fire department officials were summoned to the Ferry Boulevard restaurant last Tuesday after Avramopoulos' wife called the department on a complaint about smoke in the building.

Avramopoulos said a small brush fire outside caused smoke to enter the basement, which spurred his wife to call the fire department. When they arrived, firefighters noticed rusty beams in the basement so they called in a building inspector, Avramopoulos said.

Blue Sky's owner said the building inspector told him to hire a structural engineer, who determined the beams needed to be replaced.

Avramopolous, who bought the restaurant 35 years ago, said the fix will cost anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000. He said he also plans to make a few minor cosmetic changes to the restaurant, including possibly installing a new rug and updating light fixtures.

"I just wanted to get the message across to our customers," said Avramopoulos about patrons who may have thought the closure was related to something else. "We have a very good reputation in the neighborhood."

Gabriel Kotter July 09, 2012 at 04:46 PM
This place makes the best bacon-cheese-deluxes. Niko, let us all know when you guys are back up and running and I'll try to be the first in for a burger. Good luck.
Ralph Grasso July 09, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Mary Did you need a vacation? LOL
Charlie Brown July 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Mmmmm. Down home grub. Makes me want to fly back there for a cheeseburger deluxe with a side of hash...burnt. Charlie
Brian Smith July 10, 2012 at 10:55 AM
How about falling down eggs and bacon
Anne K. Mulligan July 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM
I went by when the fire department was there and wondered what was going on. There were 4 or 5 fire engines. Seems like overkill for some smoke in the basement.
Jim Ravis July 10, 2012 at 11:50 AM
I guess there wasn't much going on in Stratford at the time. Plus - you can't beat a good breakfast - anytime of day!
Dale July 10, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Sunday morning will not be the same......We will miss you and hope you come back very soon... long time patron
Charlie Brown July 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Fond memories of this place. Hardly ever got thrown out of here. Poor Nikos. I wish you well. It's not your fault the floor's in rough shape...it's the lard-ass regulars.
Not so common sense July 11, 2012 at 03:03 PM
If they showed up with 1 truck to check out the smoke in the basement and it turned out to be because there was a actual FIRE down there you would be the first one to ask how come theres only 1 truck here! check out my username yuppie
George E. Mulligan July 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Next to a strip of property for sale? Hmmm. I feel badly for the business owners & workers.
kathy July 14, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I heard they might be trying to change the venue of the building..Diner has been slow..Been there recently and I was the only person in the diner..Economy is bad on all Small businesses in town..Suggestion..Maybe FREE kids meals(one at lunch time during the summer and one at night for working families) once a week and Families could afford to come back more often and business may pick back up. You give back to the community and they will support your business. Great Place Love Mary and her Family!!!
Dale August 09, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Please open soon....We miss you alot. I drive by just about everyday and hope that you are open again. Not the same around here without you. Good luck and please lets us know when your opening...... long time fan
Kyle Perkins March 11, 2013 at 04:15 PM
My Stfd HS friends and I used to hangout here on Friday nights during 66-69. When the restaurant first opened in early 60's my Mom gathered the neighbor kids n Blakeman and came down to diner to "welcome" the diner and new owners. I went to grade school with the owners' son. Then high school days, and then went there with my boyfriend who became my husband, Ted. My parents were there every Friday night for dinner. We LOVE Mary and her family! Great food and great people. Can't wait for the grand re-opening so I can have my Dad's 90th birthday party there!! Everyone who loves Mary and Blue Sky should offer support and maybe some type of help. I will be helping.
Danny Cook March 11, 2013 at 07:40 PM
When is Blue Sky going to re-open? We want to know.
Jason Bagley (Editor) March 11, 2013 at 08:56 PM
I sent a message to the owner this morning. Still waiting to hear back.
Dolly March 12, 2013 at 01:59 PM
I don't think they are ever going to open again. It's been how long now?
Dolly March 12, 2013 at 02:01 PM
The website I found has a number to call for updates. http://www.blueskydiner.com/
Danny Cook March 12, 2013 at 08:45 PM
I was told May or June./ Maybe never. In the mean time, no income coming for the family.
Baffled Resident March 12, 2013 at 10:52 PM
If they don't reopen, i wonder what happens with that $35K loan that Laura Hoydick was crowing about securing for them from the state?

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