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Downtown Gouverneur diner expected soon

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GOUVERNEUR — A diner that will remind patrons of the 1950s and ’60s is expected to open soon in the East Main Street corner building that once housed a Greek restaurant and then a bakery.

The Retro, 91 E. Main St., will feature murals of characters and memorabilia from those decades, such as Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and classic cars.

“It won’t be in the style of the ’50s and ’60s, but things that you would have seen then,” said Randy L. Peck, one of the partners in the business and the chief cook.

Partner Cristine M. Thomas said she and Mr. Peck, who are friends, decided on the ’50s and ’60s theme because she liked the music of the times and the cars.

“It’s always been in the back of my mind,” Mr. Peck said.

Mr. Peck, who has been a cook for more than 30 years, and Mrs. Thomas both have a restaurant background.

“I had leased one with my mother back in 1994,” Mrs. Thomas said. “If nothing else, it’ll be an experience.”

Finishing touches are being done to the restaurant, which is expected to open shortly after approval from the village Planning Board Thursday.

“I don’t see any particular issues,” code enforcement officer Michael J. McQuade said.

The restaurant will start off with just Mrs. Thomas and Mr. Peck, but the partners expect to hire additional help soon. Hours will be 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. It will seat 60 to 70 patrons.

Mr. Peck said he believes the eatery will be successful.

“I’ve got a lot of followers and friends waiting for the doors to open,” he said.

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