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Financial Issues Lead to Fallston Diner Closure

After a three-year run, the Fallston Diner permanently closed its doors early last week.

The  closed last week, much to the surprise of many area customers.

The business, which opened in 2008, closed on Nov. 22, according to owner John Korfiatis. Lease issues were a major factor in closing the business, he said.

“Rent will kill you," Korfiatis said.

Between 15 and 20 diner employees lost their jobs when it closed. "That was the saddest part, besides losing the money," Korfiatis said.

Manager Gina Hatzimarkos posted on the Fallston Diner Facebook page on Thanksgiving Day that the restaurant closed, "due to sudden turn of events."

“It’s because of the economy and financially we just couldn’t do it,” Hatzimarkos told Patch.

Hatzimarkos posted on Facebook that she has since joined with another person to open a new restaurant called Papa Duke's Place, located at 11244 Pulaski Highway in White Marsh.

j johnson (formerly jj) November 29, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Based on the chatter on Harford Cafe, the "lease issue" was failure to pay rent.
Deb Ciresi November 29, 2011 at 12:57 PM
What is Harford Cafe?
j johnson (formerly jj) November 29, 2011 at 12:59 PM
A local yahoo group for local info.
Enza Lilley November 29, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Maybe had their food and service been better, they would have acquired enough business to stay open!
nick macri November 29, 2011 at 01:36 PM
The place was a dirty hole with rude service. Went once was very unhappy and never went back.
terry byrum November 29, 2011 at 02:34 PM
i also only went once to the fallston diner...i thought the food was good and so was the service....i thought the food was over priced for a diner....maybe if the owner would have posted for comments sooner he could have seen why the diner wasn't doing well.....
Nicole November 29, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Even though I only ate there once or twice it is sad to see the restaurant close up. There’s not many locally owned dinners left around this area.
Voice O. Reason November 29, 2011 at 03:02 PM
I can get instant mashed potatoes, canned gravy and stale bread just about anywhere for less $. They won't be missed. Hopefully something better will replace them.
Megan S November 29, 2011 at 03:27 PM
LOL
Eric bel air November 29, 2011 at 05:31 PM
La Tolteca asked on their FB page what people think if they moved to this location... that could be a hit.
Voice O. Reason November 29, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Yes! Great for my stomach bad for my cholesterol.
John Manchester November 29, 2011 at 10:12 PM
The food was just bad! Where's Gordon Ramsey when you need him.
Amy Kissinger December 01, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Hello my name is Amy and I was the main time day waitress at the fallston diner. I believe that you all are missing the big point. Yes the rent was not paid but at 15000 a month it is really harf to keep anything open in these times. Second there are 20 people that slaved hard and have families that are out of jobs now through no fault of there own. I worked at Double T for 5 years and here for 3 so I know how it works and I know that walking out of a restaurant with at least 120 dollars a day for breakfast is a good days work. Yes the place had its problems but as far as being gross..... The landlord refused to fix the roof and the pipes underneath the building and it is falling apart from the inside out. There are pleanty of things that none of you know so until you know all of the facts please just pray for the families that lost their jobs before the holiday.
Eric December 02, 2011 at 05:03 AM
Amy, please call me. This is Eric from Thursday morning breakfast! I may have a job for you at my office in Bel Air. 443.676.0340. Not the job you tried a year ago. A "real" job. Look fwd to hearing from you soon. All things happen for a reason and you're way to good, dedicated and professional to work in a restaurant anymore.
Brenda December 04, 2011 at 05:19 AM
I have worked at Fallston diner, I got out of there cause i seen how the place was run n how the food was being prepared, how emplyees was smoking in the back around food. It is sad that employees were not told about the closing. If the same people open another resturant I hope the same stuff don't go on. I realize people want to blame the landlord for not fixing stuff, but when Fallston diner took over they total remodel it, and when things didn't work instead of getting a real person to fix it, they had the " chef" really cook fix it. I worked for Denny's when it was there so I knew the building, so I know alot was redone. I also know that it takes time to get evicted it don't happen over nite so shame on the owners for not warning employees, I know they knew the were behind on rent n they knew the rent was going to be increase it was in their lease so shame on them
Turtlespoon December 26, 2011 at 08:39 AM
Fallston Diner was a unique place where I could take my friends & especially my nieces & nephew for breakfast or lunch at a great price. I am devasted to hear of its closure. Me & the kids are sad that we can never enjoy another meal and good times at "the diner".
Guy December 26, 2011 at 01:16 PM
Same experience!
Andy Eisner December 29, 2011 at 03:58 PM
I totally agree!! The food was terrible, went once and food was bad, tried a second time..just the same!!! The wait staff was rude, acted as if waiting on you was an inconvenience. Seems like Double TT didn't share the same problems

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