Iconic restaurant to close after 95 years of business

December 28, 2023 by No Comments

An Albuquerque institution is preparing to turn the page on its rich history. Lindy’s Diner, a beloved fixture at 5th and Central since 1929, will be put up for sale in the first week of 2024, marking the end of an era for Downtown Albuquerque.

For Steve and Dawn Vatoseow, who have meticulously helmed Lindy’s since 1994, the decision is laced with both bittersweet nostalgia and a well-earned desire for respite. Steve’s father purchased and renamed the eatery in 1960, transforming the original Coney Island Café into a vibrant hub for generations of Albuquerqueans. Over nine decades, Lindy’s has transcended the bounds of a mere restaurant, becoming a cherished second home for the Vatoseows and a cornerstone of the community.

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Their dedication speaks volumes. Steve and Dawn have poured their hearts and souls into Lindy’s, dedicating an average of 10 to 12 hours every day, seven days a week, to nurturing its legacy. Holidays, too, were often celebrated amidst the clatter of plates and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Their commitment extended beyond personal gain, as evidenced by their annual tradition of serving free Thanksgiving meals to the public, a testament to their deep-rooted connection to the Albuquerque community.

The closure, while inevitable, will be a gradual one. Lindy’s will remain open until a suitable buyer is found, a process that could take weeks or even months. The Vatoseows approach the transition with an open mind, emphasizing that they have no specific requirements for the new owner. The future of Lindy’s, they acknowledge, rests in the hands of its next steward.

Financial specifics, such as the asking price for the building, remain undisclosed. However, Dawn assures patrons that a farewell party will be held before the final curtain falls, offering an opportunity for the community to bid a fond adieu to this beloved landmark.

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