Tom’s Restaurant owner Gus Vlahavas dead at 76

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The owner of Brooklyn's Tom's Restaurant has died. (Rolando Pujol)

The owner of Brooklyn’s Tom’s Restaurant has died. (Rolando Pujol)

PROSPECT HEIGHTS (PIX11) – The longtime owner of Tom’s Restaurant in Brooklyn died Tuesday.

Gus Vlahavas, 76, suffered from respiratory issues, but business went on as usual despite his death, DNAInfo reported.

The popular diner opened in 1936 at the corner of Washington Avenue and Sterling Place. Vlahavas is best-known for giving out coffee, blueberry pancakes and special desserts to customers who waited on long lines to get in, according to OurBKSocial.

“You would be full before you get seated, all thanks to Gus,” the website said.

In 2009, he gave the day-to-day management responsibilities to other family members, but always made an effort to be there.

Vlahavas is survived by his mother, wife and three children, DNAInfo reported.

A wake will be held Sunday, Nov. 9 from 2 – 4 pm and 7-9 at Cobble Hill Chapels at 171 Court St. His funeral will be held Monday, Nov. 10 at St. Constantine and Helen Cathedral at Schermerhorn St.