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10-13-2016, 05:52 PM

Dine-and-dash punks beat up employees at ‘Goodfellas’ diner
By Kevin Sheehan and Daniel Prendergast
October 13, 2016 | 1:06pm

Good Fellas Diner in Maspeth, Queens Photo: Google Maps

Two men who did the dine-and-dash on their breakfast bill at a Queens eatery made famous by the gangster classic “Goodfellas” beat up the elderly owner and his wife when they tried to stop them, authorities said.

Photo: NYPD

The men had just finished eating at Good Fellas Diner on Maspeth Avenue in Maspeth when they refused to pay the $31 bill and tried to walk out just before 8 a.m. Oct.1.

“They ate here at the counter; I served them myself,” said the restaurant’s 83-year-old owner, Michael Diamantis.

“After, my wife gave them the check for $31, one guy went the the ATM and took out money. Then they said, to me, ‘$31 for breakfast?’ They said, ‘No, we’ll give you $20.'”

As Diamantis’ 67-year-old wife, Denise, tried to explain that the bill was non-negotiable, the two simply turned around and walked out the exit.

The men got into a car sitting in the parking lot as Denise followed them outside and attempted to scribble down the vehicle’s license plate number.

The man in the passenger’s seat got back out of the car and attacked the woman before she could finish jotting down the plate number.

“He got back out and grabbed my check book,” Denise said. “I was writing the number in it and he threw me down the stairs.”

Diamantis said he was socked in the face when he ran over to help his injured wife — who suffered a broken arm and a dislocated shoulder.

“I run out to help my wife and the guy who pushed her down… he punched me in the jaw,” he said.

The crooks then sped away in a older model Lexus.

Denise Diamantis had to have surgery on her shattered arm and shoulder, which included a metal rod and six pins to help her heal.

They’ll never come here again but i do not think the police will catch them,” Diamantis said, noting that they were unable to provide a license plate number. “They don’t have enough information.”

Both suspects are described as Hispanic men in their late 20s. One is around 180 pounds and was last seen wearing a blue jacket and dark colored pants.

The other is around 200 pounds, has a beard and was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweater and gray sweatpants.

The Good Fellas Diner used to be known as the Clinton Diner before the 1990 film made the restaurant famous.

The eatery has also been featured in several other TV shows and movies over the years.

“In the movies they don’t beat up any old ladies,” Diamantis said of the two brutes.

“I want to see [them] in the court room.”