Ferndale’s shuttered east side greasy spoon Double EE Restaurant will soon be replaced by a different diner under a new name and ownership. Restaurant owner Gino Zoto plans to reopen the popular greasy spoon as Earl’s Diner and rehire many of the previous restaurant’s employees, Metro Times reports.
Zoto owns the Double EE building refused to renew the Double EE’s lease back in June due to a landlord-tenant dispute. The restaurant shuttered on Father’s Day. The Double EE’s previous operators, Valter and Elda Xhomaqi, had owned the business since 2002 and went on to operate two locations of the Whistle Stop. The name Earl’s Diner is a nod to Zoto’s father, Earl Owens, who owns Telway Hamburger System.
The restaurant is on track to reopen in October with a similar menu to the previous business.