Big Changes in Store for East Newark’s Tops Diner

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Tops Diner East Newark Replace Building
Tops Diner, East Newark. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

East Newark might be among the smallest municipalities in the entire state, but the Hudson County borough has been home to one of the state’s best-known businesses for close to 80 years. Now, after serving customers near the Clay Street Bridge for generations, changes are in store for the Tops Diner.

The restaurant, which was crowned the best diner in America by Timeout New York, recently applied to the Hudson County Planning Board to remove its longstanding building at the corner of Passaic and Central Avenues and relocate the structure, a public notice stated. A new diner is expected to be constructed in its place.

The Jersey Journal wrote that the new Tops Diner is expected to be three times the size of the existing building and that there will be 296 seats for customers. There will also be nearly 160 parking spaces at the new restaurant, and, according to News 12 New Jersey, outdoor seating as well.

Tops Diner’s application to the Hudson County Planning Board was approved last month. The business opened its doors back in 1942 and has a liquor license.

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