Ewing Diner NewsPeter Gromitsaris is awarded Business Person of the Year for 2010 by the Ewing Kiwanis
August 12, 2010
Ewing Kiwanis recognizes a local business annually in the Ewing Community for their support of the community and the community programs sponsored by the Ewing Kiwanis. This year's Business Person of the Year for 2010 is Mr. Peter Gromitsaris, owner of the Ewing Diner on Parkway Ave. in Ewing. Peter has supported the Ewing Kiwanis annual Pasta Dinner fundraisers. The fundraiser supports many youth programs in Ewing Township. He has also been recognized as Outstanding Business in 2008 by the Ewing Township Economic Development Commission. He sponsors many of the Ewing youth athletic teams in Ewing and is also a strong supporter of the Ewing PBA. Peter has also sponsored the Ewing Concert in the park and National Night Out. The Ewing Kiwanis was honored to present Mr. Gromitsaris with the Business Person of the year Award. Pictured above left to right are Kirsten Braley - President Elect Ewing Kiwanis, Peter Gromitsaris and his wife Catherine, and Mayor Jack Ball - Ewing Kiwanis Member.
From: Ewing Kiwanis Website
From The Trentonian, Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Owners sink $3M into Ewing Diner
EWING - Owners Pete Gromitsaris and Pete Kritsikokas spent $3 million to renovate the Ewing Diner on Parkway Avenue. But they're still bummed out.
"We're sorry that it took so long. Disappointed that a project took almost twice as long as we expected," they said.
In August, some 14 months after start-up of a project that almost tripled the size of the 60-year-old building, Gromitsaris and Kritsikokas, plan to re-open their stylishly upgraded restaurant that looks like it belongs in Hollywood rather than Ewing Township.
"When we closed in June 2007, the hope was we would be able to re-open in seven months. It's been a struggle, and with the building so close to completion, we just want to look toward the future. We can't wait until our customers come back," Gromitsaris said.
The new restaurant features stainless steel chrome accentuated with red trim and large glass-plate windows. Kritsikokas and Gromitsaris made every decision right down to the plates you'll eat off.
The Ewing Diner struggled from 1990 to 2000 with six owners who couldn't make the place hop.
Then Gromitsaris and Kritsikokas bought the eatery in 2000 and anticipated the day they could build a new restaurant that promised the rare combination of fantastic fare and outstanding service.
"We worked hard for the first two years just to make sure that the business became a success. After four years we started thinking about expansion because we had constant support from our customers," Gromitsaris said.
The Ewing Diner has grown from 1,500 to 4,076 square feet with a modern kitchen and up-to-code bathroom facilities.
The best thing about the improved Ewing Diner is that patrons won't have to wait forever for a table to be cleared and opened for the next set of hungry bellies, especially during Sunday brunches. "We sat about 62 people before the renovation, and now we can accommodate just over 100," Gromitsaris recalled.
Eaters can sit at new booths, tables in the middle of the room or at the counter, where polished granite complements granite-tiled walls. There are nine new parking spaces with more planned for the back of the building.
Gromitsaris and Kritsikokas also want to activate a liquor license so customers "can enjoy a glass of wine or beer with their meals. I know that some of our neighbors are worried about that, but we're not looking to turn this diner into a club. We have respect for the community," they said.
Dining hours will extend from 5 a.m. until 2 a.m.
"The new building is great and we love it but the real test is delivering the same quality menu items that we have in the past," Gromitsaris said, regarding fare that includes American, Italian and Greek items.
"At the end of the meal, at the end of the day, what matters most is that the customer received satisfaction. There is no better advertisement than word of mouth. We can't wait to have our long time customers and new ones here again."
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