Melrose Diner, a South Philly staple, gets set to re-open

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia’s Melrose Diner, which closed after a fire broke out in July, is gearing up to re-open this week.

For a little over a month now, diner employees have been working at the Broad Street Diner.

“Melrose girls stay in black, broad street stays in red, just so we can show that the Melrose girls are here,” the Broad Street Diner’s general manager Nicole Platzer said.

The owner, she says, didn’t want to leave anyone without a job when the Melrose temporarily closed, following a fire on July 24.

“Melrose will re-open Wednesday at 8 a.m. We’re going to be open 24-hours, but from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. we’re going to do 50% off customer appreciation,” she said.

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Tina Wright is a long-time Melrose waitress.

“We showed up here,” she said. “It was a little overwhelming at first, but right away customers started coming in — our regulars — and they were like ‘Thank god you’re okay.’”

Wright says everyone fit right in.

“It’s been kind of fun,” she said. “We joke around, ‘we’re the Broad Street cousins.’ It’s been an experience, but we’re glad to be going home.”

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