"What just makes the heart glow is the response," said general manager Kelly Martianou, who described how eager diners have been calling and knocking on the restaurant's door for the past couple months while construction was still underway.
She said the restaurant has been completely redone, inside and out.
"This has probably the freshest look I've ever seen," she said, commenting on the materials and the design of the diner. "The general contractor said it's the only place of its kind in 250 miles ... Everything's brand spanking new."
Aside from the updated decor and new menu—which features plenty of traditional favorites, as well as some tasty new items—the diner's new features also include four large LED TVs and a separate banquet room with seating for 75 people.
Martianou said the diner also hopes to become known for its "medium-price catering."
Co-owners—and brothers—Bob and Louis Roustas said they were eager to expand their brand and open a new restaurant, and when Harvest closed they saw an opportunity.
"Cinnaminson just turned out to be the right fit," said Bob.
Martianou noted that several Harvest Diner employees were given jobs at Jersey Diner—and some were even given work at Sage—fulfilling a promise the new owners made when they bought the property earlier this year.
Asked for her favorite item on the menu, Martianou was hard-pressed for an answer, running through a list of dishes—"anything stuffed with crab," the baked goods made on premises, homemade bagel chips—before ending with, "Everything I've tried I've loved."
The diner, located at 2602 Route 130 North (near the New Albany Road intersection), will be open 24 hours.