Lost City Diner is open again.
When Lost City Diner opened, suddenly, in August 2010, it was a surprising twist in a long-running story that played out for years on the corner of Charles and Lanvale, a half block up from the Club Charles. A diner was always coming, and it never came. And then it did.
The brainchild of Club Charles owner Joy Martin, Lost City Diner was beautiful, with antique fixtures and fanciful retro-industrial elements evoking the giddy atmosphere of a Buck Rogers serial from the 1930s.
Then, in February 2012, just as suddenly as it opened, the Lost City Diner closed. At the time, Martin said the closing was temporary, and last August, signs went up on the diner's windows saying that Lost City would reopen in the fall of 2012.
It did not.
Then, on April Fools' Day, the Lost City Diner reopened. It was still open on Friday.
A waiter at the diner said that Lost City Diner will be open seven days a week starting at 3 p.m. and stay open until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Listed on the long menu are a fried-chicken dinner special, flame-grilled burgers, an all-vegan breakfast special with buckwheat pancakes and meatless sausage patties and a Monte Cristo sandwich, aimed at the after-bar crowd.