The Dinette & Furniture Center, owned and operated by David Yousefzadeh since 1978 has been a fixture in the Bayside community. After nearly 40 years in business, the store will be closing by the end of January. Joined by David’s family, Council Member Vallone’s office presented him with a commemorative citation in recognition of their decades of excellence in the community.
“The Dinette & Furniture Center has provided incredible service for years and will be sorely missed by the Bayside community,” said Council Member Vallone. “I wish David and his family all the best in their future endeavors.
“David embodies the “American Dream,” said his daughter, Rebecca Sassouni. “He worked devotedly and tirelessly, served his customers, built a family with his wife and three daughters, and provided each child with wonderful college and graduate educations.”
David Yousefzadeh was born in Kashan, Iran in 1944. He is the fourth child out of eight children born to the late Malek Berookhim and Shaoul Yousefzadeh. A promising student, David qualified for scholarships and was sent to the United States to pursue his college and graduate education. David returned to Iran briefly in 1969 to marry his bride Madeline. The couple settled in the US where David earned his PhD in Physics from Kansas State University in the early 1970s. The Vietnam War dominated science graduate student work opportunities. A pacifist, David taught science in a number of schools during the early 1970s.
Upon becoming parents, David and his wife decided to enter business. By 1978, David moved to Dinette & Furniture Center on Northern Boulevard in Bayside, Queens. Working seven days a week since then, David has served the community as a fair, patient and humble salesperson and guide. David always educates the customer as to the difference between the construction of each manufacturer. He always asks what the goal of the customer is in making the purchase. He never rushes customers, some of whom need time to shop around. His customers have been returning and referring others by word of mouth for decades.