Following weeks of renovations, the Hollywood Diner started serving customers again on Oct. 26. Longtime waitress Trudi Rabain and eatery owner Michael Gklotsos took a few minutes to answer some questions about the updates to the 24-hour restaurant and some culinary treats.
Q: What are some aesthetic changes that were made to the diner?
A: Ninety-five percent of the inside of the diner is new. The bathrooms are now handicapped accessible, the flooring was replaced, and some of the walls in the kitchen are new as well. We also installed a service bar, where we can serve wine, beer, and mixed drinks. On the outside, we are installing some new fluorescent lights that will help improve the look of the diner.
There is also more seating, thanks to a new addition. The addition was built in New York and then shipped down here to be attached to the diner.
Q: Why did you want to make these changes?
A: I wanted to make the diner look better and classier. The diner is 57 years old, and no one had done many renovations on the building. The renovations were started in May, and then, we closed for several weeks while we completed the changes.
Q: What can customers expect to see in changes to your menu as a result of the construction?
A: We will start serving new appetizers, such as Buffalo wings, jalapeno poppers, and potato skins. We’re also going to be serving filet mignon and lobster tails, as well as steamed shrimp and new pasta dishes that are sautéed. There are also some new wraps and Danish, in addition to our selection of homemade pastries.