Colonial Diner Come Back: Where History Meets Modern

WOODBURY—On May 4, 2016, at 4:30 p.m., the City of Woodbury will hold a ribbon-cutting at The Colonial Diner (924 North Broad Street). New owners Chris Kolovos, George Ragos, Kostas Plexidas, and James Poulos coordinated extensive renovations to the exterior and interior, giving the local landmark a new look and a new menu, making an investment of more than $1 million in the City.
The renovations began in August 2015 and are just now nearing completion. It was important to Kolovos to keep the Diner open to customers during construction. The renovation work (by Construction Concepts, Brooklawn), which included an overhaul of the kitchen, moved from space to space and around customers and business hours to ensure the Diner’s doors were always open.
“We chose The Colonial because of its rich history and because of the community,” states Kolovos. “It has proven for half a century that it can survive the times, so when it came to invest in a diner, we wanted to remake the landmark that is The Colonial Diner in Woodbury.”
The Diner’s interior boasts a modern and inviting décor, with an historic twist. Take a right when you walk inside the Diner and you’ll find yourself transported back in time with a wall of old Woodbury photographs. With assistance from the Gloucester County Historical Society (17 Hunter Street), this history wall marries the past to the present – and partner Kosta Plexidas has even had a customer share memories based on these photographs.
“One of our customers, his father was the owner of Sanderson’s Flowers,” Plexidas explains, “He told me he remembers driving around on that truck as a kid with his dad,” as he points to the photograph of the Sanderson Flower Truck.
Mayor Bill Volk is glad to see new life breathed into a Woodbury landmark, “The Colonial Diner has been a part of our City for decades but it certainly needed to be upgraded. Watching this renovation take shape has been exciting. The new owners clearly appreciate the history of the City and the Diner and we’re looking forward to officially welcoming them to Woodbury.”
Volk adds, “We are grateful to Chris and his family for believing in Woodbury’s redevelopment plans and taking ownership of the diner. They helped to save a long time business and jobs.”
The Diner currently employs some 50 people and is always looking to add to the team. Chef George, a partner in the Diner, looks for the freshest ingredients for his classic recipes and new creations. The Colonial Diner offers daily specials and monthly/seasonal specials, as well as super specials—their version of traditional “mini meals,” that offer the price of a mini meal with a full-sized portion plate.
For more information about The Colonial Diner, contact Kosta Plexidas, (856) 848-6732, [email protected], or www.thecolonialdiner.com. For more information about Woodbury, visit www.woodbury.nj.us.
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