JACKSON, NJ – Outdoor dining announced by Phil Murphy last week wasn’t enough to save the Jackson Diner, a 50’s themed restaurant located in the Jackson Crossing plaza on East Veterans Highway. The family-owned restaurant will be not be reopening. The Zimmerman family, which owns and operates one of Jackson’s most beloved restaurants has decided it’s time to get out of the business.
“The Jackson Diner will not reopen under the Zimmermann family ownership. This was a very difficult decision and it is extremely unfortunate.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it had on the diner, we faced true hardships and had to consider finding a buyer to continue the Jackson diner legacy,” the family said. “We want to thank our loyal customers immensely for all their unconditional support throughout the years. We truly couldn’t have done it without you! We apologize for this news, as we are deeply saddened by this decision as well. We would like to extend a special thank you to the employees, whom we consider family for all of their hard work and dedication. It has been an honor to be apart of the Jackson Community & serve every patron that walked through the doors over the past 12 years, we are truly grateful.”
It is unknown at this time who purchased the business. The Jackson Crossing Plaza itself has been on the selling block for quite some time as Cardinale Enterprises seeks to find a new owner for the plaza. Owner Vito Cardinale said he wants to use the money for the sale of the plaza to finance his Adventure Crossing project adjacent to Six Flags Great Adventure. The plaza lies on the eastern border of Jackson Township and suitors to date have included Lakewood regional commercial investment and real estate firms, according to Cardinale.