Dishing it: Islanders have more lunch options. Rebecca Chavarria has opened Mel’s Blueplate Diner, 910 38th St. The eatery, open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, serves up authentic diner food and blueplate specials daily. Along with the daily specials, such fare as chicken-fried steak, chicken-fried chicken and desserts, including banana pudding, are always on the menu.
The diner is named for Chavarria’s sister Melanie, who died a little more than a year ago. For more than 10 years, the sisters had planned to go into business together. Although it wasn’t easy, Chavarria decided to move ahead with plans. She opened the eatery about two weeks ago, advertising mostly by word-of-mouth.