Diner ‘to go’ in New Jersey

The company that built it promised it would last a lifetime, and a vacant New Jersey diner near Trenton could be yours for the taking.

The polished stainless steel diner that’s been on Route 1 in Lawrence since the 1960s is located on a the site of a planned shopping center.

It’s in good shape, said project developer Bill Hotz. He’s willing to give it to someone who wants to revitalize it for use as a diner someplace else.

“I think it’s always important to save our history, and this is part of our history,” he said. “It’s Americana, and it’s important to us, it’s important to the project.”

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A new owner would have to have the equipment to haul the diner away.

“You can’t put it in a station wagon,” said Hotz with a laugh.

No firm deal to remove it has been worked out yet. And Hotz said he’s hoping someone agrees to take it by the time construction of the new shopping center begins in February.

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