By Andrew Wroblewski
A plywood cocoon has enveloped one of Huntington village’s longest-running diners.
The Golden Dolphin, found across the street from St. Patrick’s School at 365 W Main St., closedMarch 29 to undergo a renovation and expansion project that has been in the works since 2012.
As he told Long Islander News in 2012, owner Teddy Kalligeros has long had a desire to expand the diner, which first opened its doors in 1983.
Kalligeros and his brother Peter have been the longtime owners of the Golden Dolphin. After going before the Huntington zoning board on Dec. 13, 2012, the diner received conditional approval to expand intoMoss Opticians’ former space in the adjacent storefront.
Once the project is completed in May, Kalligeros said, the diner will be completed “updated.”
“I’m giving the people what they want today,” he said. “Something different… totally updated up and down.”
The Golden Dolphin diner will soon be home to 120 seats – up from the previous number of 60. Along with the expanded seating, the diner is receiving a “modern” overhaul that’s expected to include upgrades to its bathrooms, booths, counter space and kitchen space. A pair of dining counters with 12 seats each will also be installed.
Along with a zoning approval, the diner also received acquired a special-use permit in order to utilize the municipal lot between West Neck Road and Gerard Street in order to satisfy the demand for parking.