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DRYDEN, N.Y. –– The Dryden Queen Diner, a community favorite, closed permanently this year after serving the area for over two decades. Owners of the diner, John and Maria Poulos are retiring after a rough year of working through the pandemic and the restrictions it brought to the restaurant industry. 

The last 10 days the diner was open, March 19 to March 28, the Poulos said they had tons of people come in to have one (or several) last meals at the diner and to say goodbye. 

“It was unbelievable, people found out so fast, they felt so bad we were closing,” John said. 

It made the Poulos’s realize just how much the community loved the diner and their family. They ran it as a family business with their children taking on various roles over the years before moving on to other jobs. In the months leading up to closing, the family had almost completely taken over running the restaurant again as much of their staff had opted to take unemployment to stay afloat during the pandemic. 

“We couldn’t find help and were serving 50 percent occupancy,” John said. 

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