Metro Diner chain opening first NJ location


(D) #1

https://metrodiner.com/

I’m not familiar with this chain. Their locations seem most concentrated in the Southeast. Scheduled to open in East Brunswick in mid March. Penetrating NJ may prove to be a challenge.


(Jimmy ) #2

I think calling themselves a “Diner” is a misnomer.


(Evelyn C. Leeper) #3

Any place that doesn’t open until 7AM and closes at 8:30 PM (!) is not a diner. It also has a pretty small menu for a diner.


(Roland) #4

My only experience with them is that I handled insurance claims at two locations in Florida a couple of years ago.
Both locations were packed when I went but didn’t eat.
Food looked good from what I saw, but it will be a tough market to break into


(Wayne G. Robinson) #5

When we first moved to Monmouth County from Essex County we were astonished to find that there were places here that called themselves “Diners” in spite of the fact that:

They had NO parking lot
They were not open 7x24x365

That’s not a diner, that’s a weak luncheonette.


(John) #6

I don’t think any of the diners around here (Manalapan) are open 24/7. Some are open until 2 or 3.

The menu for the Metro is small enough that they could be making it all in house. When I see a diner with a 15 page menu I immediately think ‘frozen food’. Nobody could make all that stuff in a diner size kitchen - or keep all the ingredients fresh on hand. I’m ordering the beef tips over mash.


#7

Interesting… There’s one in Florida near my folks and they love it. I’ve only been once, but the food was fresh and as good as any of our good diners!


#8

I don’t recall too many diners down in college there. I used to go to Dennys. I could walk there from campus and not get arrested. I’m not a diner guy. For late night food I’m into windmill, TB, fat sandwiches, which are gone from Rutgers unfortunately. I am not sure how this place will do in the land of diners. Time will tell :slight_smile:


(Jim) #9

My wife knows a few people who have eaten at them in other states, and they really like them. I will give it a shot. I think they may have a liquor license.


#10

Just ate at one for breakfast this past weekend in FL. Solid, but not something to drive out of the way for.


(Greg Caggiano) #11

Not many diners are open 24/7 in my area of Monmouth County, though many do remain open 365 days (with limited holiday hours). So I can excuse a place calling itself a diner and not being open all night. However, to call it quits before 10 PM with that label is laughable. I get a kick out of Toast in Red Bank calling itself a “City Diner” and is only open from 7:30 AM until 3 PM. I went there once and got in at 2:30 (not knowing their closing time) and they refused to serve me. Then again, with two eggs running 10 bucks, it is just as well I didn’t get in.

My go-to the New Monmouth Diner is open until midnight on weeknights and 2 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. That gets the job done as far as this area goes. South Amboy’s Ocean Bay Diner is 24/7 as is the Town and Country Diner in Keyport. However, they never seem to have any cars (at any time, day or night) so I wonder how they stay open.

East Brunswick is a pretty buzzing area. It deserves a 24/7 diner…or a 24/7 Halal Guys. There is nothing better than wiping out a container of chicken rice doused in white and hot sauces after a few rounds.


(Evelyn C. Leeper) #12

Park Place Diner in Matawan/Aberdeen opens at 6AM and closes 1AM five days a week and 3AM Friday and Saturday. I think that’s as close to 24 hours as anyone around here gets.


(D) #13

Story about the diner and under restaurants/businesses under development in the area