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Rybak Development & Construction, a prolific
residential builder in south Brooklyn, has purchased the 40-year-old El
Greco Diner in Sheepshead Bay for $13 million. Rybak plans to raze the diner and construct a 90,000-square-foot condo building with ground-floor retail space in its place.
The diner and its large parking lot occupy a full block at 1821 Emmons Ave. The Venetoklis family, who recently announced they were shuttering the Sheepshead Bay staple, owned and operated the property since the 1970s.
The deal is the third that Rybak has done in the neighborhood
in the past two years. The firm purchased 3041 Ocean Ave. for roughly $4
million in 2013, and is in the process of developing a
60,000-square-foot condo project there. It is also constructing a
100,000-square-foot residential building at 108 West End Ave. in
Manhattan Beach, just south of Sheepshead Bay.
"They’re building a little empire in an area of the city that
is really changing," said Erik Yankelovich, a broker with GFI Realty who
handled the sale of both 1821 Emmons Ave. and 3041 Ocean Ave. "Prices
in south Brooklyn are half of what they are in places like Williamsburg,
and you’re seeing young professionals moving there."