Another landmark New Jersey diner is closing. The Freeway Diner is going the way of many other properties in the area, giving way to more modern forms of commerce.
The Freeway Diner sits by what used to be an exit ramp from Route 42 to Route 41. The ramp has been closed for years. Perhaps not coincidentally, now the diner is following suit.
Co-owner Nice Diamantis says he’s just too old to be running the restaurant anymore.
“69 enough, my leg bother me, too old,” he told a visitor on the diner’s last day, Memorial Day.
Regulars at the Freeway came in on the final day to have one last breakfast. Among them was Mike Tenuto, who was in his favorite seat at the end of the counter.
“I got a bad leg,” he explained. “Management or the girls will ask [other diners] to move so I can sit there.”
Diamantis says he and his brother have sold the property and the diner is going to be torn down in favor of some more modern offerings.
“One is Starbucks and two more things,” he said.
Well, at least the thousands who’ve come to the Freeway for years to get their morning caffeine fix will still be able to find some joe at the location — just with a fancier name and higher price.