A wonderful gem of a documentary short film about the now defunct Grand Luncheonette on Times Square in New York that was created by New York-based documentary filmmaker Peter Sillen.
The Grand Luncheonette was closed as part of the Times Square redevelopment project in 1997.
The Grand Luncheonette was a seven-seat, 250-square-foot piece of old-time New York on West 42nd Street, owned by Fred Hakim, who recently died. Opened by his father, the Luncheonette lived on 42nd Street for 58 years, offering hot-dogs and sauerkraut to the passing trade.
Writing about the demise of the Grand Luncheonette, a New York Daily News journalist pessimistically concluded: “This is bigger than 42nd Street, bigger even than the Disney Corp. This is about New York being colonized by The Gap and Banana Republic and Starbuck’s and all the rest.”