Popular Florida Diner And Sister Restaurant Face Foreclosure And Reclamation Of The Property

L. Cane

There is arguably much to like about eating at a diner. Sometimes, they have fun themes, such as the 50s. And they often serve comfort foods we remember from our childhoods or even breakfast all day.

Floridians who love diners have some good ones to choose from. Examples are the Starlite Diner in Daytona Beach, Nick's in West Palm Beach, and Peter Pan Diner in Oakland Park, to name just a few examples.

But one diner (and its sister restaurant) in the north-central part of the state may have a future that is uncertain as it is allegedly facing foreclosure and reclamation of the property.

About The Pink Flamingo Diner: This diner in High Springs (close to Gainesville) has served the community in one form or another for nearly 10 years, according to The Independent Florida Alligator.

It is arguably a unique restaurant, as it offers putt-putt golf, outdoor dining, and entertainment. Plus, it owns a local farm from which it sources some of its ingredients.

As you might expect, it offers comfort foods such as a wide variety of burgers, sandwiches, seafood, and classics such as country-fried steak.

The Gainesville Sun described The Pink Flamingo (as well as its sister restaurant, The Great Outdoors Restaurant, which is owned by the same person) as "popular."

The Foreclosure: According to The Sun, in October of 2023, Community State Bank filed a foreclosure lawsuit against Dae Jung Kim, owner of the Great Outdoors Restaurant and the Pink Flamingo Diner, as well as his LLCs. The bank alleges that Kim has defaulted on a $2 million investment line of credit taken out in March 2021.

According to The Florida Independent Alligator also reporting in October of 2023, the bank is reportedly seeking reclamation of the properties.

Kelly Price, a Patron of The Great Outdoors, told the publication that she would be sad to see it go, explaining:

“I’ve been going to the Great Outdoors every year for my birthday since I moved to Newberry five years ago...You can see why it’s hard to say goodbye."

Floridian Reactions For Both Restaurants: If reviews are any indication, both The Pink Flamingo and The Great Outdoors are popular in the community.

For example, The Pink Flamingo earns 4.1 out of 5 stars on Googe reviews. Common phrases were "old school feel," "nice atmosphere," and "retro." Many complimented the food. The patrons did not appear to be aware of the foreclosure.

One of the more recent reviews from someone named Reggie said:

"The Reuben is excellent. So is the Country Fried Steak. We played putt putt golf on their course after dinner for my grandson's birthday. It was a lot of fun."

The Great Outdoors does even better, receiving 4.3 out of 5 stars. Many people raved over the fried tomatos and some enjoyed the live music. Here is a recent review from someone named Charity:

"Truly lovely spot to have lunch. Inviting, open, pet-friendly, nice relaxed music venue and friendly service. Food and drinks are delicious and ample!"

The reviews appear to indicate that the restaurants are still open and doing business as usual. The author is not affiliated with The Pink Flamingo Diner or The Great Outdoors.

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