Red Robin Diner Owner Discusses Plans But Won’t Reveal New Name
The town of Binghamton man who recently purchased the old Red Robin Diner property in Johnson City says he's "very excited" to move forward with the redevelopment project.
Taimoor Khan outlined his vision for the site at 268 Main Street for members of the village planning board.
Khan said he spent about ten minutes providing an overview of the project at the planning board meeting.
One change being planned for the future business compared to the Red Robin Diner is a big reduction in seating. Plans for the new "food place" call for seating for 24 people. The former diner had seating for 60.
Khan said there'll be a new name for the business but he declined to reveal it.
New appliances and LED lighting will be added as part of the remodeling job. The place will have 12 off-street parking spaces, using the same lot that had been utilized by the diner.
Khan said he assisted the Ohio man who purchased the iconic neon "Red Robin Diner" sign last month. The collector, Shane O'Farrell, transported the old sign on a trailer 500 miles from Johnson City to his home outside Columbus.
Khan said he hopes renovation work on the diner building can get underway in early fall. He said he's work with a design artist on the art work for the new sign that will be displayed by the business.
The Red Robin Diner ceased operations early last year. The property was sold by the Anagnostakos family of Binghamton in June for $210,000.