Longtime family-style diner has served its last skillet

2013-11-08T06:00:00Z Longtime family-style diner has served its last skilletJoseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316 nwitimes.com
November 08, 2013 6:00 am  • 

HIGHLAND | Friendly waitresses are no longer serving up skillets, eggs over easy or pancake short stacks at a longtime Highland restaurant. 

Michael's Restaurant, a family-style diner on 45th Street near the Highland/Munster border, shut down earlier this fall this fall after more than 28 years in business. It was the type of place where the coffee pot was never idle and the owners were on a first-name basis with some of the customers.

New owners had bought and taken over the Greek-style diner in April.

"Due to circumstance beyond our control, it became time to close," owners Peter and Penny Bizoukas said in a note on the restaurant's website. "We appreciate all for your patronage and all those that have supported us along the way."

Peter Bizoukas had been in the restaurant business for 35 years, and had previously been a district manager for a bakery cafe chain.

Earlier this year, he and his wife bought the diner from Mike and Carol Kirincic, who had run it for years. The 3,700-square-foot restaurant, which sat more than 150 diners, had been one of the biggest draws to the Porte de Leau Plaza shopping center.

The restaurant had been a familiar one in the Calumet Region. Regulars lined the counter or filed into booths, where they packed away thick omelettes, big skillets and other hearty fare over endless cups of coffee. Breakfast always came with toast, and lunch was always accompanied with soup and a fistful of saltine packets.

The menu went on for page after page, but the regulars knew it by heart. It featured all the usual staples: perch, a hot-beef sandwiches and triple-decker clubs.

Michael's Restaurant had employed 15 workers.

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