NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of New York residents are protesting a landlord's plan to tear down a Queens diner and replace it with an apartment development.

Diner regulars and local politicians rallied in support outside Flagship in Queens Tuesday.

It has been open for 52 years, and owner Vinnie Pupplo says he expected to stay open through at least 2019 when the lease is up with White Rock Management. WNBC-TV reports ( a judge will decide how much longer the diner will stay open next Tuesday — and whether it must close now or in 2019.

The diner was recently given a list of demands to complete or face eviction. Pupplo says some of the requests were impossible to meet.

According to White Rock, the requests are about safety and insurance requirements.


Information from: WNBC-TV,