Published On: Mon, Aug 18th, 2014

Seinfeld’s Tom’s Restaurant Sued For Not Being Wheelchair Accessible

Seinfeld's Tom's Diner

The neon pink sign with”Tom’s Restaurant” glowing against the dark blue background was a signal that Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards and Julie-Louise Dreyfus, or various pairings of the above-mentioned characters from Seinfeld, would appear eating and having usual discussion about what else? Nothing.

However, the lack of  wheelchair access in the legendary Morningside Heights Mom n’ Pop eatery is not “about nothing” to Carolyn Coleman, a 68 year old New Yorker who has been wheelchair-bound since 1996. She says she is unable to maneuver in the restaurant and is seeking $30, 000 in damages as well as a court order to force Tom’s Restaurant to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Manuel Papas, Tom’s Restaurant manager, told the Post, “We have no access for the handicapped. But we have tables outside, though, that they can use. It’s not a problem in the summertime.” But even in the best of weather, it is hard to imagine having an authentic Seinfeld conversation outside rather than inside the restaurant. The court will decide who will be the real master of  Tom’s domain.

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