NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – After 53 years in business, Flagship Diner in Briarwood is closing its doors for good at 4 p.m. Sunday. A staff of 38 people will have to find new jobs after a developer bought the plot of land and plans to build an apartment complex. The eatery’s three owners fought to keep it open through the end of its 25-year lease to October of next year. But after a legal battle, they agreed to a buyout. After 53 years in business, Flagship Diner in Briarwood closes its doors for good on July 22, 2018. (credit: CBS2) “We love this diner. I’ve been coming here since I was what? 7 (year old),” said customer Eugenia Poulon. How does she feel now that it’s closing? “Are you kidding” she said. “I hate it. I hate it.” Poulon is not along – one former Queens family now living in Florida added they came back to the diner every three months such for the salmon cakes.