WESTVILLE, NJ (October 21, 2023)The Gateway Diner, 106 S. Broadway, Westville, which has been in business (under different names) for 83 years, will close permanently at 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, 2023.
The diner owners have no choice in the matter; the state is taking the property under eminent domain. There is a new bridge replacement project where the Route 47 bridge, built in 1934, and the Route 130 bridge, built in 1928 will be replaced.
Presently, the date of the new bridge construction is not known. Below is a farewell message from the owners of the diner obtained from their Facebook page.
Dear customers and employees of the Gateway Diner.
With immeasurable sadness we must announce the permanent closing of the diner. Unfortunately after 32 plus years, Sunday October 22 at 9 pm will be our last serving and last day. Due to the Westville Rt47 Bridge project and eminent domain, we are being forced to close our business. Every sacrifice and attempt has been made to keep our doors open, especially for our loyal employees and customers. Through the years you have all become like family to us. We would like to thank you for your loyalty and patronage and offer our sincere apologies.
Angelo, Dimitrios, and Angelo
This Saturday morning, the Gateway diner was packed. The line of loyal customers were standing in line waiting for a table or booth. (CNBNews photo)