There is a sign on the counter at Diminoâ€™s Subs in which owner John Dimino writes humbly, â€œThank You! With a mixture of sadness and profound gratitude, we are announcing Diminoâ€™s Subs will be closing for good on Saturday, June 3, 2023.
That small sign with historic photos of the legendary sub shop on Revere Beach Parkway has been generating plenty of â€œthank youâ€ wishes itself from long-time regulars who have been enjoying Diminoâ€™s tasty submarine sandwiches since its opening 54 years ago in 1969.
Bob Maronski, a regular customer of Diminoâ€™s, said this week, â€œIâ€™ve always enjoyed their steak and cheese and chicken cutlet parm sub. Theyâ€™ve always had excellent quality food. Iâ€™m going to miss coming into this great location and getting a great sub.â€
Indeed, many customers feel Diminoâ€™s steak and cheese subs are in a class all by themselves. Owner John Dimino, 58, takes immense pride in the shopâ€™s consistent, overall excellence.
â€œJust being here all the time and working at it,â€ said John about the shopâ€™s successful formula. â€œOur customersâ€™ favorite is obviously the steak subs, but second in line is the cold cut sandwiches, and then the meatball subs.â€
John, who graduated Saugus High in 1980 and took over the sub shop approximately 45 years ago, said Diminoâ€™s was founded by his father, Joe Dimino, and his uncle, Al Dimino.
Asked why he is closing such a popular restaurant, John replied, â€œItâ€™s just time to enjoy life. Weâ€™ve had a great run. Iâ€™m going to miss the people. Itâ€™s bittersweet. Weâ€™ve gotten a lot of love and support from all the people coming in here. They understand it, but theyâ€™re sad that weâ€™re closing. Weâ€™ve had so many loyal customers.â€