Journal Square Institution Sunny’s Restaurant Has Closed

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Suuny’s | Credit: Google Maps

Turkey clubs, bacon and eggs, or coffee at Sunny’s Restaurant, at 26 Journal Square, have been a Journal Square tradition for more than two decades, but that tradition is no more. reports that the restaurant closed permanently last week when, according to the owner, landlords Kushner Companies and KABR declined to renew its lease.

Owner/operator Alex Parikh had run the 40-seat diner for “25, 30 years,” with many of the same customers dining there for the duration. Some of his regulars cried upon hearing that the restaurant was closing, bidding an emotional farewell to affordable eats like a $3.25 egg breakfast or a $3.50 BLT.

The holes-in-the-wall that have long been the neighborhood’s bread-and-butter have given way to more upscale eateries and even a Starbucks, and the building’s owners have plans to update the building “into a hub for creative firms.”

Jersey City Councilman Rich Boggiano expressed concerns about the ability of small businesses to stay afloat as rents in the neighborhood rise. “I want to see Journal Square developed the right way,” he said.


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  1. Sorry for the owner hopefully he finds another location. But overall don’t really see an issue here. The owner of the building has a vision for the building that this café doesn’t fit in. They have the right do not renew the lease.

    Why didn’t Sunny’s café buy a commercial spot if they have been in the area 25-30 yrs and probably could have bought a commercial spot for peanuts? When you own, you don’t get priced out.

  2. Journal Square will eventually be filled with plastic, big chain stores, with “upscale” restaurants sprinkled in. Gone will be the mom and pop shops for the most part, and long lasting institutes like this. It’s what’s happening in NYC, and it’s what will soon start to happen here. Sad.

    • What you described sounds amazing (minus big chain stores). Much better than the current JSQ which is covered in empty lots, drugs, bums, litter…etc.


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