An iconic Broome County diner is undergoing a dramatic makeover in preparation for serving food for another generation.
A town of Binghamton man acquired the Red Robin Diner building on Main Street in Johnson City just over a year ago.
Taimoor Khan expects people will be surprised by the updated look and new experience when the new establishment opens.
It will be called 8-Bit Bites, part of a small but growing chain of restaurants that promise to offer some "nostalgia of the 80s and 90s." The current locations are in New York City.
The 8-Bit Bites menu will offer various items including smash burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, wings and shakes.
The halal restaurants provide customers the opportunity to play free games while dining.
In recent months, the interior of the old Red Robin has been gutted as part of a major renovation project.
The diner structure itself is nearly 75 years old. The Red Robin opened in 1950 on Conklin Avenue near the Washington Street bridge on Binghamton's South Side.
The place closed in 1956 and three years later it was transported to its present site at Main and Broad streets in Johnson City. The Red Robin shut down suddenly in January 2021.
Khan had hoped to open 8-Bit Bites this month but the preparation work is taking longer than anticipated. He told WNBF News he now hopes the new business will be able to open late next month.
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