As long as we're being honest, I have to say that I never thought much of the Lyric Diner. My kids go to school in that neighborhood, so I'd been known to drop into the place from time to time, and was always somewhat underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong -- no one loves a good, solid NYC diner more than me, and I bitterly lament that they're vanishing in droves, but the Lyric never got me where I needed to be.
Not too long ago, however, the Lyric Diner closed. As I understand it, the same owners re-imagined it as a newfangled Greek taverna. Sometime shortly afterwards, the place got a full makeover (complete with a new, rustic wooden exterior) and re-opened as such. The nice thing, though, was that -- for some reason -- they decided to keep the old south-facing neon signage that boasted the establishment's former name and identity. I figured they were preserving their legacy, or at least acknowledging the fact that neon signs of this variety should be cherished.
Well, you can forget that. As you can see above, they've recently dumped the old Lyric signage, which is too bad.
In case you don't remember it, it used to look like this: