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Louie’s in Teaneck Closed ‘Indefinitely’

Cedar Lane diner latest well-known local business to shut down

UPDATE: Pharmacy Could Replace Louie’s in Teaneck

 

Louie's Charcoal Pit in Teaneck, a diner that served customers on Cedar Lane for decades, closed “indefinitely” Sunday night.

“Our sincerest gratitude to all of our patrons who have supported us over the many years. We will miss you and we wish you all of the best in the future,” said a message posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page Sunday afternoon.

Louie’s owner Gerry Stamatelatos bought the diner in 1972, and another owner had previously run the well-known restaurant under the same name. In 2008, Louie’s was .

While the future for the diner's owners remained unclear, Dino Stamatelatos has said he would likely launch another restaurant in New Jersey. 

"I always said to myself, if I left, how do I build something new when this place is all I know? That is the frustrating part for me," he said in the 2010 interview. "I really don't know."

Stamatelatos could not be immediately reached Sunday. One diner employee said the news came as a shock, but could not provide details. The restaurant closed at 9 p.m. Sunday, according to the announcement.

As the news spread, diner fans flooded Facebook with memories and sad farewells to the longtime local hangout. 

"We will miss you so much! So many late night memories!" one Facebook user wrote. 

"One of our last Teaneck originals," another comment said. 

Louie’s is the latest high-profile Cedar Lane merchant to close in recent weeks. The historic Cedar Lane Cinemas shut down late last month, prompting fears that other nearby businesses would see less customers and could also be forced to shut down.  

The message from Louie's: 

Dear friends, supporters, and loyal patrons it is with deep regret that we must announce that Louie’s Charcoal Pit will be closed indefinitely effective 9pm this evening December 9, 2012. Our sincerest gratitude to all of our patrons who have supported us over the many years. We will miss you and we wish you all of the best in the future. ~The Louie’s Family.

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Edge December 13, 2012 at 05:44 PM
One underlying issue being overlooked is to price parking in such a way so as to encourage a turnover in use and discourage those from occupying scarce space all day. Another larger issue, is that the County Blue Law restrictions as they apply to communities with traditional downtowns like Teaneck, should be completely abolished.
zizi December 13, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Teaneck should also ban all commuter parking on its streets.... a lot of people are using Teaneck as a free parking garage while they go to work. This should be stopped. Resident parking only on residential streets.... non-residents can park for 4 hours max....... fine all who violate and generate some much needed revenue....
DMAB6395 December 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Zizi we should take it one step further and have a parking lot where they pay to park. I live on Maple Ave which is a block away from Cedar Lane behind J & J and we always have people that catch the bus on the lane parking in front of houses all up & down the block. It's aggravating especially on the days they do leaf clean up or other things. When you put the leaves at the curb you get some jerk from out of town that plows thru the leaves & parks in front of your house anywhere from 10-15 hrs a day. Maybe if they put a couple of lots or even a small parking garage and have them PAY to park it would bring in some much needed cash to Teaneck. Also like so many other people pointed out we need to change who's running Teaneck. It can no longer go on the way it is. There are other parts of Teaneck that are thriving in there business so why let the lane die? I didn't even know that Bravo closed already...the only good thing that's happened on Cedar Lane so far is YoBoy's. Sorry to say I haven't been there in a few weeks(the flu) among other issues hope they are still there. That's a start having YoBoy's there we need more places like that & one or 2 great restaurants . That not only serve Kosher food but non-Kosher food as well. If other towns that like Highland Park that has a huge population of Kosher can do it Teaneck which is smaller than Highland Park should be able to do it!
Allen McDaniel December 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM
New, more eclectic outfits prob. can't afford the rents- or they see the 'mix' of current businesses and restaurants and are scared off thinking the town is too culturally closed-off or skewed, perhaps- and think that their's won't be accepted or embraced, perhaps.
Allen McDaniel December 20, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I agree w/many writers here however- that the 'officials' need to be MORE INVOLVED! There's a reason the C.L. district is the way it is, then there's a way it can be addressed. That said, I hope they do NOT approve a giant MEGA-store to replace 3 SMALLER BUSINESSES on C. Lane. As the person who mentioned Ridgewood knows, a BIG, soulless store is NOT going to give the biz district the shot in the arm it needs, because it's not ONLY about $$, it's about CHARACTER and the FEEL of a place that makes folks want to go there and spend their bread. But if they won't HELP and embrace the small, more eclectic and interesting businesses that would LIKE to be here, those parties will try to find somewhere they ARE appreciated and even courted- Nyack maybe. I'm still wondering how a theatre that only charged $6. a ticket (and less at one time) could not keep their seats more filled for some really great movies. It's a tough business, esp. for an independent- but there HAS to be a way to make it work better! I dont want to go back to paying whatever it is now at some highway 50-PLEX. The 5-Star Diner is my favourite eatery in Teaneck, but I WILL miss the theatre if someone doesn't prop it up again. THAT will be a huge loss, to the residents and others that appreciated it, as WELL as to the character and lifeblood of the town & biz-district.

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