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How Greek Mom Handles Brooklyn 24-Hour Diner, Home Life Too

September 25, 2021

With its gleaming blue metallic facade, Kellogg's Diner has long been one of the recognizable spots in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, long before it got trendy – but running it is all business.

The New York Times showed just how difficult the task is for Irene Siderakis, who went from a stay-at-home mom to running it after her husband Chris died suddenly in 2018 at just 49.

“I had no idea how to run a diner or if I could,” she said. “I had to make a choice: sell the diner or learn the business on my own and show my boys we can do this and persevere.” She did what she had to do, keeping the 24-hour diner going.

She lives in Whitestone, Queens with her four sons: Themi, 18; Billy, 16; Mario, 15, and Demetri, 12, and their dog, Agapi and said she was saved by the diner's regulars and fans who started a GoFundMe to keep it from closing during the COVID-19 pandemic – when she contracted the coronavirus.

“But people really helped. This was a place everyone wanted to save,” she said.

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