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Looks Like It's Curtains for Mom's Diner

The classic 1950s diner in the Avenel section of Woodbridge may be on the verge of oblivion.


It's been a year since the news that Mom's Diner, a classic 1950s style diner, was going to be demolished to make room for a convenience store and gas station. 

Despite dozens of inquiries made to save the diner from the wrecking ball, it looks like it may be too late.

A temporary fence was erected last week around the stainless steel structure, located on Route 1 in Avenel, and it looks like construction workers have begun disassembling the diner.

The distinctive "Mom's Diner" sign was already gone.

Potential purchasers of the diner, which sits next to the now-shuttered Gem Motel, have shown a keen interest in the diner for its historic value. Some would-be buyers have made calls from as far away as Massachusetts, hoping to move the diner and preserve it for posterity.

Within the past few, inquiries were still flowing in. But oddly enough, the owners of the property decided to remain incognito. Efforts to contact them failed. It's uncertain, in fact, exactly who owns the property.

Mayor John McCormac, who announced the renovation of the property last year, has been involved in the redevelopment of the acreage which also includes the next door motel. McCormac's office has not returned calls to Patch or to several diner fans who were interested in getting in touch with the owners.

McCormac said at the opening of a new Wawa in the Fords section of the township that he wanted to "be on the bulldozer" when Mom's Diner is demolished.

The diner was listed last year as being for sale for $20,000 at the online website for the American Diner Museum. The diner had been in fairly good shape, but since it was closed several years ago, no effort was made to preserve it and keep out the elements. 

The diner and motel are to be replaced by a multi-bay Wawa gas station and convenience store.

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Tom Maras December 17, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Another piece of Americana will be lost. Under McCormac this township is become the land of banks, gas stations, eateries and soon, a pot shop! Wonder if Mac and company "PAC" their lunches.
Susan Cooper December 17, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Sadly, a sign of the decay of modern times, I remembered this place as the former "Gem Diner & Motel", enjoyed many late-night weekend "breakfasts" there. When good home cooking eateries such as this go by the wayside, we are doomed to space food sticks. I'll pass, MAC :o)
Marina December 17, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I hope Mac's arrogant butt falls off the bulldozer and runs himself owner.
walter scott December 17, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Hello ..... Call Maureen in public relations at Wawa and let her know you want to see the diner saved instead of being bulldozed by Wawa Convenient Stores. 610-358-8000 Also call the owner of the property who is leasing the property to Wawa. Robert Chwatko can be reached @ 646-228-0118
WoodbridgeFoodie December 18, 2012 at 05:26 AM
It's funny, I've lived in Woodbridge for 50 years and never ate at that diner. I think I've eaten everywhere else in town, I guess business wasn't good or the owner wouldn't be selling. Many businesses along that part of Rt. 1 seem to be suffering. I recently ate at Bud's Hut which is right next door on a Friday night and was one of only 3 tables in the bar area. I remember when you would have a long wait just to be seated any night of the week. Sad for small businesses.

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