Mineola Diner serves as backdrop for 'Jimmy's and Jenny's' TV pilot
A Mineola man is using the Mineola Diner as the main backdrop for a sitcom pilot he is shooting.
The name of the diner will be transformed to "Jimmy's and Jenny's," which is also the name of the pilot.
George Papadimatos was born and raised in Mineola. His father, Jimmy, worked at the Mineola Diner.
"It was home, it was my second home," Papadimatos says.
Papadimatos became an actor around seven years ago and had an idea to write a sitcom about his life growing up in Mineola.
"And you learn about my family and the lessons from the past that I didn't get as a kid, but now they help me in the present day," Papadimatos says.
When the pandemic hit, he co-wrote the show with friend and actress Maytal Angel.
They came up with a feel-good, family-oriented show about George and his feisty friend Maya, who are forced to work together with his family in a loud Greek diner that ends up being their second home.
Producers of the show say it's set in present day Long Island with some flashbacks to the '80s.
"There's a lot of conflict going on, but also a lot of love and a lot of laughter," Angel says.
Filming is close to being done, but they need funds to edit the show and bring the sitcom to viewers.
Papadimatos says he is grateful for the financial support from everyone in the neighborhood so far, but he still needs more help.
He is hoping to make his childhood dreams come true and to put Mineola on the map.
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