2016-10-19 / Front Page

Breakfast Bullies Bash Goodfellas Diner Owners

By Liz Goff

Police are searching for two men who tried to bail on a breakfast bill at a Maspeth diner made famous by the gangster movie, “Goodfellas,” and then attacked the 83-year-old owner and his wife when they tried to stop them from leaving, they said.
Police said the suspects finished eating breakfast at the Goodfellas Diner and refused to pay a $31 bill at about 8 a.m. on October 1, and demanded that owner, Michael Diamantis let them pay just $20.
Diamantis’ 67-year-old wife, Denise, told the men the bill for $31 was not negotiable. At this point the men simply got up and walked out of the diner without paying. When the couple tried to copy their license plate number, one of the men returned and punched Michael Diamantis in the face, and then grabbed his wife’s receipt pad and pushed her to the floor. Denise Diamantis broke her arm and dislocated her shoulder when she hit the ground, police said. The suspects fled south on Rust Street in a Lexus sedan.
The suspect that returned to attack the couple is in his late 20s and about 180 pounds. He was wearing dark pants and a blue jacket.
His accomplice is also in his late 20s, about 200 pounds, with dark hair, a beard and moustache. He was wearing a gray hooded sweater and gray pants, police said.
The former Clinton Diner was renamed Goodfellas Diner after the movie, starring Ray Liotta and Robert De Niro, was filmed there, in a harrowing scene from the 1990 gangster chronicle.
Anyone with information is urged to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.  


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