A local diner, an institution depending on who you ask, has closed its doors.

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Red Bank's Broadway Diner has closed, seemingly without warning. (Seriously, Duzzy and I walked past it yesterday and it was bustling with people.)

Red Bank Green reports that, 'The Monmouth Street eatery ended an 18-year run owning to the death of one of its owners, Bob Russo, and a restructuring of the business.'

The small bit of good news?

The diner will reopen as a new restaurant. The Russo family owns Toast, the brunch favorite in Asbury Park (and Montclair) and plans to transition the space and open Toast Red Bank over the next 8 weeks.

Still, I'm sad about the diner's closing...I spent many a late night there chewin' on disco fries and bacon...and plenty of weekends trying to decide which type of pancakes to get.

Do you have any stories or memories of Red Bank's Broadway Diner? Share them in the comment section below!