You know that old “Lightning Crashes” song by nineties band Live, about how when one revered greasy spoon closes for business, another one opens, right? Well, if you’re a believer you can perhaps temper the jolting news that revered nouveau Long Island City diner M. Wells will close at the end of August with the fact that yesterday, the lightning crashed and “baseball-size” hail over New Hyde Park accompanied the reopening of the classic Bayside Diner at 207–07 Northern Boulevard.
The original Bayside Diner, whose jutting, angular facade suggests nothing less than Superman’s Fortress of Solitude redone in stucco, closed suddenly last fall, a few months before the classic Scobee Diner closed in Little Neck. Patch reported in March that the diner would reopen. The new owners hauled away the chrome and mirrors, and gutted the building, adding dim sconces and wood-paneled booths. Fancy sconces at Cafe de La Esquina at Wythe Diner, consider yourself on notice.
As for the menu, the new owners tell the Forest Hills Ledger to expect (surprise) “eggs and omelettes.” In line with the more traditional, healthy-sounding-but-not-really kind of choices you’d find on a seventeen-page, two-pound diner menu, there will also be “low-calorie burgers served with cottage cheese.” In other words, classic diner food.