Pelham Bay Diner closes its doors after 37 years of business

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After more than three decades serving the Bronx, a popular diner closed its doors permanently Sunday night.

The Pelham Bay Diner has been open 24 hours a day, seven days a week since 1982.

Owner Jerry Stefanitsis says it was a tough decision but that he couldn't compete with popular franchises that have shown up in the borough.

"For the last couple of years I was trying to survive, not to do it, but unfortunately we have to do it," Stefanitsis said.

Customers enjoyed one last meal at their neighborhood eatery that they say had great food and great staff.

Employees at the diner say the people walking in the door and sitting down to a meal have made the business that much sweeter and also have made it that much harder to close.

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