When Mike Guinta purchased the Bay Way Diner in an industrial section of northern New Jersey in October, 2005, the fifty-year-old building was so caked with grease that it took Guinta and his partner, Matt McKeon, endless days to clean it up. "The place had been completely run into the ground," says Guinta, who's also a fireman and owner of a 25-rig trucking company. Guinta considered knocking the building down and starting from scratch, but local residents urged him to keep the historical diner intact.
Instead of demolishing the building, Guinta opted for an overhaul. After gutting the entire building, Guinta's next task was restoring it to its vintage 1950s look, which included adding a new stainless steel facade. "The average contractor just can't do that," Guinta says. He finally found State & Main Associates, an Ambler (Pa.) company that helps diner owners with all aspects of planning, designing, and renovating "landmark restaurants." State & Main set to work outfitting the old, run-down, eight-seat diner for 2006 and beyond.
NOT ONLY WAS BAYWAY DINER FEATURED IN ONE OF "DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DIVES" EPISODES BUT JOE'S FAMOUS TRI-COLOR PASTA WITH GRILLED CHICKEN IS ALSO FEATURED IN THE FOOD NETWORK'S STAR GUY FIERI'S NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER BOOK "DINERS, DRIVE-INS, DIVES (AN ALL AMERICAN ROAD TRIP)"
Street Address: 2019 SOUTH WOOD AVENUE LINDEN, NEW JERSEY 07036
Phone Number: 908.862.3207
Hours of Operations:
OPEN MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAYS
6:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Doors Opened: 2005
Executive Chef: Dante Barra
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