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COVID-19: Sussex County Diner 'Waiting Patiently' To Reopen Rips Into Murphy On Facebook

The Victoria Diner will reopen... soon.
The Victoria Diner will reopen... soon. Photo Credit: Victoria Diner Facebook/Google Maps

A Sussex County diner that's been closed since March is patiently waiting to reopen.

Under Gov. Phil Murphy's current orders, the Victoria Diner on Route 206 in Branchville can only have six people inside at a time.

While the owners certainly plan on reopening their train car diner, they are not holding back on expressing their frustrations.

“Once this fool allows more than the 25 percent [capacity] we will certainly be open," a Facebook post pinned to the top of the page reads. “So hopefully this idiotic bloviating anal aperture sees the light after the election."

With just six booths and 13 counter seats, a reopening at 25 percent capacity isn’t sustainable, co-owner and Rockaway police officer Mike Hatzimihalis told NJ.com.

Victoria Diner’s situation is not unique. Dozens of North Jersey diners have had to acclimate to Murphy’s evolving restrictions and capacity limits. 

Double S Diner in Wantage, for example, reopened as gourmet burger joint Cow Patty’s on Nov. 16.

Others have closed.

For now, Victoria’s Diner remains set on reopening while taking things one day at a time.

“Thanks,” the owners said in response to one of the post’s many comments. “We love all of you and miss you all more than you could imagine.”

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