First Look Inside: Brooklawn Diner. 12 interior photos!

As reported a few days ago, the Brooklawn Diner has reopened after several years closed, after what feels like a long remodeling period.  We’ve all noticed how beautiful the outside is, and after a visit this morning… 42Freeway can say the inside is just as awesome.

The core layout of the diner is still there, with some reasonable and also surprising changes.

The diner has new owners… no affiliation to the prior owners, so you should look at the new Broolawn Diner as just that.. completely new!
(For more info on the owners and what happened with the prior owners, check this Cleary’s Notebook post)

Update on 24hrs:  They originally planned on 24hr opening, and still do… But for right now they want to focus on getting the first 2 shifts right before adding a third.  They were happily overwhelmed by the volume of customers!

So specific to the interior changes.

First thing you notice, is that EVERYTHING is new.  It seems that every surface in the diner has been replaced, including the kitchen.

The second thing you’ll notice is how bright everything is.  Brighter floors, fixtures and…  wow, where is all that extra light coming from?

Warm yourself by the fire

When you first enter you’ll notice that the cashier stand and counter are in the same place.  Yes its all the same?

But turning left to the room that used to house the fireplace you’ll notice.. wait, there is no fireplace!

Not only is the fireplace gone, but the entire wall is now a consistent row of glass!  Remember how before it was just a dark wall with the big fireplace in the middle?   All gone, opened up, and BRIGHT.

Its strange and neat to sit there and be able to see the train bridge!  When the road floods or a truck hits the bridge, this will be a great vantage point

Also, because the new diner doesn’t have a liquor license, the small bar area is gone.

Today that room is surrounded by booths along the perimeter, with chrome edged tables and chairs in the middle.  The theme of this room is a fun and festive 50s soda shop diner.

The contrast from the old darker walls, dark carpeting… to now having checkered flooring and so much natural light, is very striking.

Wasn’t there a room over there…?

Another distinctive change is they have closed off the back dining area!   Many wont notice it is gone.  Management tells me that the kitchen is slightly bigger but the main use of the space is for offices and storage.   So yes, there is less room for seating and looking at the number of tables in the remaining portion, it seems there are fewer than before.  less dense which is probably a good thing.  But the addition of booths may offset that.

The main front diner

The main front diner area is set-up with the same floorplan as before, but everything is new.  Floors, booths, counter, and counter stools.  I sat at the counter and found the chairs very comfortable.  One of the other area diners have their chairs much to close to the counter wall and my legs don’t fit, but Brooklawn’s set-up is very comfortable.

The old sunroom is no longer a sun room.

So at the far right side was where the old sunroom had been added decades ago, to handle (at the time) the growing number of diners.   This area is still available for diners but it has been converted into a traditional eating area.  The all glass sunroom with its leaks, and dirty windows is completely gone.

In fact, this area has been transformed into a more “fancier” eating area for the diner.   Whereas the other side is bright and fun, the right side is more formal, with fancier chairs and a darker motif (while still letting in a lot more light).   This is the side that you have Grandmom’s 75th birthday dinner.  🙂

Even the restrooms are new and remodeled.  Yes, I took a picture of that too.

I grew up just blocks away in Bellmawr and raised my family in the same neighborhoods, and I’ve frequented every one of the area diners 100s of times.   We like to cook, but we never loved to cook… so we probably always ate out more than most.  (My facebook friends on my personal page can attest to that!).    So I have many memories of the Brooklawn Diner, as well as Metro/Ponzios and other area diners.  I can still remember my communion lunch at the Club Diner (remember that mosaic wall?),  many celebrations at the Brooklawn diner, and I still remember celebrating our wedding at the ol’ Five Points Diner, which coincidentally is now the closest diner from my home in Deptford (also, the Seven Star is killing it.  Always busy).   My more recent memories of the Brooklawn Diner are more associated with late night visits with the friends and band mates of “Zipper”.  So I’m not declaring myself a diner expert, but with so many great memories of area diners, and the recent disappointment of the Freeway Diner closing… it really does feel good to see that the Petrogiannis family crossed over the river to New Jersey to save one of our iconic eateries.  Thank you!

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19 Responses to First Look Inside: Brooklawn Diner. 12 interior photos!

  1. Dawn Lucas says:

    ‘sigh’ not one picture of food among them.

  2. barb says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience and all the pics. Brings back memories. I used to work there for Gus the owner back in 80’s. Worked the counter and front end for 13 years. The lines were long and out the door on Sundays…

  3. Angela says:

    Who are the new owners?

  4. Nancy Kulbacki says:

    C’mon people- give them a chance to get kinks out– I just love what they did– absolutely stunning.. And I wish them all the luck in the future.. We’ll be there soon!

  5. Melissa says:

    Great food! Amazing interior and exterior! Great service. Will be back soon!

  6. Sophia says:

    Well according to the article it said they would be open 24/7.
    Unfortunately when we went at 5am on Friday morning they were not open.
    No lights. No cars. No sign of activity. I work nights and drive by there every night on my way home, it would be nice to get some food at 4 am.

    • mark says:

      Sophia very sorry about that. I will reconfirm today and update the article.

    • mark says:

      Sophia I just chatted with one of the managers. They absolutely were planning on 24hr service and will be eventually… But they were completely surprised by how popular the place would be and felt they should focus on the 2 main shifts before adding a third

      • Sophia says:

        Thank you for the update!
        I did have a chance to stop in for lunch after my original posting and was not satisfied with the service. I visit and rate various eateries and make recommendations to friends (just a hobby), this unfortunately will not be on my list of recommendations.

  7. Diane says:

    Went here tonight for my b-day dinner. Service was great except my son’s appetizer order of pizza fries was not brought until we had finished eating. Side orders were very small. I don’t know if they serve dessert or not, but our waiter did not ask if we wanted any. Frankly, I could not recommend this diner to anyone. Gateway Diner is MUCH better!

  8. Kyle says:

    phone number for them? Website?

  9. Liz Realey says:

    Went for lunch with our two year old grandson. Really excited about it reopening since we took our girls here their whole lives. It is where they learned to eat out, use inside voices and generally behave in a restaurant.
    We were seated promptly and our order was taken. The single only thing we ever received from our order was the iced tea I ordered. Our grandson’s order was from the kid’s menu and should have been ready in five to ten minutes tops!!! We had also ordered soup since that is the only option with lunch orders. Soup never came. After waiting about forty minutes and watching everyone around us being served we finally saw our waitress and called her over. She had refilled my tea once and never noticed we had no food. She was flustered and told us she had completely forgotten about us. We just left at that point and went to the Metro since it was close and our grandson had to be pretty hungry by then. No salad bar ( I really miss that salad bar, really generic menu lunch menu with nothing that really stood out) and horrible service!!! We will never go back!!! I will stick with the Metro when we’re looking for a diner or when we have our grandson. a totally disappointing experience.

  10. jmazzjr says:

    went there for lunch, long wait and cold food.

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