“Four to five weeks, everything ready,” said Gus Makris, co-owner of the Montclair Char-Broil, located at 613 Valley Road. Makris, along with Stavros Godevas, his partner and the diner’s co-owner, look forward to opening their restaurant after a fire in April 2011 closed down their business.
In addition to introducing customers to a new name for the restaurant, “the Montclair Diner,” Makris and Godevas plan to introduce new menu items, including new “health salads,” wraps and lunch specials. Customers will also find new blue and red booths and the restaurant walls painted red and white. “American colors,” said Makris.
Makris and Godevas estimate the cost of the renovation at more than $250,000, which they paid out-of-pocket in conjunction with money their landlord’s insurance company paid.
In the mean time, scroll down and click on the video for your Char Broil nostaligia fix — can you smell the home fries?