Red Robin Diner owner discusses plans but won’t reveal new name

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The Binghamton townsman, who recently purchased the former Red Robin Diner property in Johnson City, says he’s “very excited” to move forward with the redevelopment project.

Taimoor Khan presented his vision for the site at 268 Main Street to members of the Village Planning Board.

Khan said he spent about ten minutes outlining the project during the planning board meeting.

The old Red Robin Diner building on July 25, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The old Red Robin Diner building on July 25, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A planned change for the future business from the Red Robin Diner is a sharp reduction in seating capacity. The plans for the new “food place” provide for 24 seats. The old restaurant had 60 seats.

Khan said there would be a new name for the company, but he declined to reveal it.

New appliances and LED lighting will be added as part of the renovation work. The location will have 12 off-street parking spaces, using the same land that had been used by the restaurant.

A stack of foam cups inside the closed Red Robin Diner on July 15, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A stack of foam cups inside the closed Red Robin Diner on July 15, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Khan said he helped the Ohio man who bought the iconic ‘Red Robin Diner’ neon sign last month. The collector, Shane O’Farrell, transported the old sign on a trailer 500 miles from Johnson City to his home outside of Columbus.

Khan said he hoped renovations to the restaurant building could begin in early fall. He said he was working with a designer artist on the artwork for the new sign that will be displayed by the company.

The Red Robin Diner ceased operations early last year. The property was sold by the Anagnostakos family of Binghamton in June for $210,000.

Photo: Broome County Historical Society

The Red Robin Diner was moved from Binghamton to Johnson City in June 1959. (Photo: Broome County Historical Society)

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected] or (607) 545-2250. For the latest story development news and updates, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

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