Hinschs is staying open.
Just two days before his targeted closing date of March 3, Roger Desmond, who took over the beloved Fifth Avenue eatery a little over a year ago with partners Gerard Bell and Bill Gardell, sold the 64-year-old neighborhood landmark to a new owner, Mike Moudatsos, an experienced restaurateur who runs five diners in Staten Island, all dubbed Mikes plus the original name of the eatery.
When we take over, we keep the name and add Mikes to it, explained Lee Moudatsos, who will be running the restaurant (he said that his family mother, father and five siblings — are all involved in the restaurants they own), and who told this paper that it will continue to serve up the homemade ice cream and chocolates for which it is famous, as well as egg creams and floats.
All that stuff is going to stay, Moudatsos said. We are just going to add to it.
In particular, Moudatsos said, the restaurant which will be known as Mikes Hinschs — will be adding Greek specialties, such as Tzatziki, Gyros and Spinach Pie.
Asked what the familys recipe for success was, Moudatsos said, good food, good service, a clean restaurant. Were here 12, 15 hours a day. People like to see the owners.
The restaurant transferred ownership as of Monday, March 4, and will not close, and Desmond said he will stay on for a while to help with the transition.
I feel the weight of the world is off my shoulders, Desmond said. Its really been some roller coaster. I lost a lot of money but I dont have any regrets.
Hinschs which opened in 1915 as Reicherts ice cream parlor — was closed in September, 2011, by former owner John Logue, but was reborn in November of that year after the trio of entrepreneurs took over the premises.