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Jul 13, 2010 06:45 AM

Deluxe Station Diner to Open in Newton Centre

Good news! I saw signs announcing the Deluxe Station Diner, which is going into the old station building at the Newton Centre T stop. No word on an anticipated opening date but it's great to know the project is underway. The diner is owned by the same folks who run the Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown.

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  1. I heard about this. Johnny's Luncheonette is okay but overpriced, so I usually drive to the Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown for breakfast anyway. This will just save me the trip.Their pancakes are the best!

    Deluxe Town Diner
    627 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

    Johnny's Luncheonette
    30 Langley Rd, Newton Center, MA 02459

    1. This is happy news!

      I love the Deluxe Town Diner. I had what I called a "New England Griddled Dinner" the other night: jonnycakes with butter and pure-maple syrup, linguiƧa, baked beans, and a 16-oz can of 'Gansett. That were good.

      Deluxe Town Diner
      627 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

      1. Just an FYI -- was talking to Dylan at the Watertown site this morning and she said that the Newton site was set to open on December 6th. She seemed very excited! (So are we!)

        1. Last time I drove by it appeared that renovations were still underway. Have they opened yet? Is there a more definitive date?

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          1. re: sushidad

            It looks like it may be opening tomorrow--still trying to confirm this....

            1. re: hiddenboston

              "Owner Don Levy plans a ribbon cutting on Thursday, Dec. 16, with the restaurant to open for business on Friday morning."


              1. re: BJK

                Went to the Watertown one and overheard the server telling someone else it would open next week (Monday 12/20, I think).

                1. re: quirkydeb

                  There is still no set date for the opening of the Newton location. They are hoping Monday 12/20, but there is still a possibility of it being pushed back to a later date in the week.

                  1. re: christineh87

                    Monday would be nice, but it will probably be later in the week. I stopped by Friday and workers were still doing finishing work. Plus, the diner willl need a city inspector's OK to open the doors, but the owner hopes to open before Xmas. The space will be gorgeous. The building was designed by H.H. Richardson, who did other train stations nearby but may be better known for designing Trinity Church in Copley Square. See:

                    1. re: NewtonVillages

                      Christmas Eve. Stopped by this morning. Not open yet...

                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          Update 1/3: Went by yesterday - still not open but they look mighty close.

                        2. re: NewtonVillages

                          I wonder if they're keeping the sign that lights up when a Boston-bound train is approaching the station!

                          1. re: Blumie

                            They did. Also, I had the Cobb salad. Very delicious. The art deco/victorian/industrial is cool. The layout is decent. The busboy-man clearing tables brings the cart out way too much, getting in the way of guests and servers.

                            1. re: bugsmum

                              Source told us this morning that the diner will be open this weekend.

                                1. re: hiddenboston

                                  So does that mean it is now open? I've heard the term "soft opening" before though I guess I don't really understand if that means that they simply opened without fanfare or they just did an invitation only friends and family kind of event to work out the kinks and will open for real sometime thereafter.

                                  1. re: BJK

                                    They were open as of 11:00 this morning:


                                    Not sure about their hours today and tomorrow, but it sounds like they will be open for real this weekend.

                                    1. re: hiddenboston

                                      I saw the same story. Guess I still don't know what the heck a "soft-opening". Probably best that I call them before I head out for pancakes.

                                      1. re: BJK

                                        Soft opening usually means they are open, but not advertising the fact yet. Gives them a chance to work on smaller crowds before the place fills up.

                                        1. re: L2k

                                          that is my understanding as well. that way they can iron out the kinks in their systems before declaring themselves to be officially open.

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