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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."

Jason Bagley 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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