Milford's Kimberly Diner to Close in August

Kimberly Diner manager Timmy Tsopanides prepares a burger.
Kimberly Diner manager Timmy Tsopanides prepares a burger.
After 43 years on the Boston Post Road, Kimberly Diner will close in August.

The property the long-time diner sits on has been sold to Colonial Toyota across the street, says manager Timmy Tsopanides.

The diner's last day will be Sunday, Aug. 4.

"We've been here 43 years (but) never had the opportunity to buy the property," he says.

No way, however, is this the end for Kimberly Diner, Tsopanides vows.

"In two weeks I'll know where I'm going," he tells Milford Patch. "We're a Milford institution, so much history here."

Tsopanides says he plans to reopen in Milford and, moreover, the new venture may incorporate another former local landmark restaurant.
Tmc June 10, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Pauls burgers closed because it cost 25K to bring it up to current fire code. Like i told Timmy, he should go to the old Diangelos next to Popeyes and be open all night. Right off the highway and tons of truckers and people coming from New Haven Ave bars will stop there for late night noshing.
RONALD M GOLDWYN June 11, 2013 at 12:24 AM
I posted a comment, where is it.
arkay June 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM
TMC - not enough parking for a diner at the old Deangelo's. Wouldn't pass zoning. Needs to be a QSR restaurant. Heard a rumor that Nardelli's might move into it.
Tmc June 11, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Ronald Goldwyn - I made another post about what dirtbags Colonial Toyota is as well a comment about police corruption in the "Milford police failed us!" story and they were both removed; apparently someone at the Patch is on the take as well the cops. Way to censor Patch!!!
Jason Bagley (Editor) June 11, 2013 at 07:22 PM
No one's deleting any comments. Some are just taking longer than normal to show up on site. Sorry for this inconvenience and I'll forward the bug to our help desk.
Jason Bagley (Editor) June 11, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Ronald and Tmc, email me your comment and I'll see where it went if its still not on site. I can confirm however that no one at patch has deleted it.
Tmc June 11, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Mr. Editors: The comment was up for about 20 mins, then it was gone. Someone had to delete it, no?
Jason Bagley (Editor) June 11, 2013 at 07:43 PM
If a comment is flagged as inappropriate by several readers it is taken off the site. I can however bring it back on if I choose. I'll see if this is the case.
Jason Bagley (Editor) June 11, 2013 at 07:52 PM
There were a few comments flagged by readers as inappropriate. I have restored those I see as acceptable to our terms of use.
Tmc June 11, 2013 at 08:02 PM
arkay - but if it was already a restaurant, it is zoned properly, no? Timmys parking lot is small right now, so I think it might work. Maybe the old Bennegans?
tlkensington June 11, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Are people really flagging users for "inappropriate comments"? That future will certainly not be abused. /s. Also the old Bennegans/what ever that Italian place was/maybe also a steak house(?) is going to be a Tilted Kilt. Or so the sign says. People have been working on the interior for months but the exterior is still trash.
Tmc June 11, 2013 at 09:36 PM
I'm sure the "flaggers" are people who work for dealerships in the area and don't want their dirty little secret to be known. I've seen the sign for tilted kilt for over a year now, but I thought with no opening yet the project was abandoned. I hope Timmy picks a spot where he can open for dinner too
RONALD M GOLDWYN June 12, 2013 at 09:44 AM
Jason, My posting has appeared on the list of comments. Thank-you, I guess there was an electronic error in the original listing.
C. S. June 12, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Disappointed in Reyna?! You know what, you're right. There's no possibility that she wasn't aware of what was going on, or under legal restrictions to not mention the change until things were finalized. And let's forget about the fact that just after getting over the untimely death of one of her children, she has to say goodbye to the restaurant her father founded 43 years ago. This is in no way a difficult time for her. Reyna really should have been more considerate of YOUR feelings and how this affected YOU. Good grief.
J Christine June 13, 2013 at 03:48 PM
You know what the worst part about this is? Colonial Toyota is doing this just for a parking lot. Yes, they are leveling a Milford institution so they can have a bigger parking lot. I will bash Colonial Toyota every chance I get from here on out. Any customer I sway from going there will put a smile on my face. What a bunch of dirt bags.
Jenny King June 13, 2013 at 04:25 PM
C.S. is right. Its not YOUR business, Ronald. You think you're so important because you try to run for office, come on! This lady has been through hell and back and im sure that letting YOU know whats going on in her personal life isnt top on her to-do list. Come back to earth.
ken aldrich July 10, 2013 at 01:47 PM
o, here we are in july..is this place going to find and alternate location? or not? I hope they do so many seniors will be lost and I do mean LOST
Mark Ahrens July 14, 2013 at 07:14 AM
I love going to Kimberly diner for good food and friendly faces. I sure hope they find an alternative location. And yes, it strikes me as sad to lose the diner to make more parking room for a car dealership.
Jeff Poquette July 14, 2013 at 09:44 AM
Yeah Ronald, it's not all about you. Maybe she didn't feel it was any of your business or maybe she didn't need her business blabbed about on here before everything was finalized... which you did and now you're mad because you look foolish. Grow up.
arkay July 14, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Hopefully they just move into the old Pop's spot. It's ready to go.
Tmc July 14, 2013 at 11:38 PM
I think they need to go where they will get the bar traffic after people are done drinking; that's where the money is. Somewhere downtown near the firehouse...
arkay July 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM
TMC - where? There aren't any available spots in that area.
ken aldrich July 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM
the pops spot seems to be the no brainer here. but I'm not so sure rena wants it anymore, that's kinda what I've been hearing, I have heard that tim has interest in buying pauls..but that the "diner" as we know it is all but done as in NOT goping to happen..not sure what tim is doing with pauls but ..I just don't know. one thing is for sure..this is a very sad situation for rena and I feel very sorry..for her. this was a major big bad blow to her..so much so that it feels like a death to me. not to be over dramatic..but that's the way it reads to me.
Tmc July 16, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Rena is going to work a few days at Blue Sky in Stratford, along with Dee and and a few others. Pauls needed thousands of dollars in fire code rebuilding, which is why Paul's closed. @arkay, I've never really scouted there, but I just meant near the firehouse is an ideal location is all. I think there's property at the start of the Green where Timmy could build something, but I know for sure he's not going to the old Pops. He looked at something North of the Kimberly yesterday, but no word if it was doable.
arkay July 18, 2013 at 04:27 PM
TMC - not really any practical lots in/around downtown, unless you want to invest a ton of money.
ken aldrich July 18, 2013 at 04:52 PM
I KEEP hearing pauls from timmy..not 100% sure it's a go but it kinda looks like it to me but reyna? she's going to blue sky a couple days a week..not sure if she's ever going to be at the former pauls or whatever new location..not hearing definitive word on that one
J Christine July 20, 2013 at 07:54 AM
J Christine July 20, 2013 at 07:52 am A little back story on the closing. Tim never owned the property, he rented it. He had a verbal agreement with the owner that eventually he would be able to buy it and it was something Tim was comfortable knowing would happen because the property owner and Tim had a cordial business relationship for many years. He wasn't worried about it. The owner passed away suddenly and there was no stipulations in the will about the property so Colonial scooped it up and decided to level it before Tim really had an opportunity to get it. I used to work there at night (before they began closing at 3pm) and really enjoyed my couple of nights a week there. I've worked at many diners and this one was by far the friendliest and my favorite place for a small, part time job. There really is no comparison. Tim, Reyna and George were really a joy to work for. Really nice owners who DON'T treat their employees like dirt like so many other places. Ever go to the Athenian (shiny) diner? Management treats the employees like complete crap. It seems that they enjoy demeaning the employees and "keeping them on their toes" by never knowing how they are going to be treated that particular day. The head manager is just about as unpleasant a person as can be had and not what I would consider a "people person." I don't understand why place treat employees like this. Remember the Waterview on Bpt Ave that was only there for a few years? The owner used to throw things at the employees, barely paid them on time, screamed at the customers and in general was a real unpleasant person to be around. Wonder why they closed up? I really enjoyed working at the Kimberly and working for people that treated me like a human being. That is lost on most businesses these days. I hope Tim, Reyna and George find a new home in Milford and continue their 40years of great service to the citizens of Milford. They are true ambassadors of what a home town business is SUPPOSED to be.
Tmc July 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Confirmed this A.M.; it's Pauls. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Closer to my house so I'm all for it!
tlkensington July 22, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Screw that.I will never go there again if they make it so Paul's can never reopen. Paul's>Kimberly Diner. I would donate to Paul's reopening if someone got the ball rolling. There are no good burger places left in Milford. I was hoping one would rise like a Phoenix,
arkay July 23, 2013 at 02:13 AM
tlk - Mr. Mac's is solid. Even though they're not in Milford, Prime 16 and Dive Bar are close enough and have fantastic burgers.


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