When the old Thruway Diner closed down a few years ago, thousands of residents mourned the loss of a beloved institution. So few events have been more eagerly anticipated than the arrival of a new eatery at the very same intersection of Weyman and Main.
This week, the “New Rochelle Diner” finally opened its doors, and it was worth the wait. The restaurant looks terrific; it’s got that classic diner look with lots of updated flourishes on the interior. And it will be run by the same folks who have enjoyed great popularity at the Nautilus Diner in Mamaroneck.
The diner hosted a ribbon-cutting on Sunday, and they are open for business now – although, like every restaurant, they started with a soft opening to get the kinks out, and will advertise more fully in a few weeks.
Lots of people helped make this happen, but the chief credit – by far – goes to Phil DeRaffele, a New Rochelle resident and the owner one of the nation’s biggest diner manufacturing companies. For Phil, who is fiercely loyal to New Rochelle, bringing a diner back to our community was a true labor of love, and we’re all in his debt.