The Monarch Diner just feels fun.
The newest addition to Wayne’s roster of diners is located next to Fuddrucker’s on Route 23 South. Historically, the location has been home to several diners, all of which have failed to get any momentum going in recent years. The Diakos sisters are trying to reverse that trend.
“This is just an opportunity that we had to take,” said Pauline Diakos, who owns the diner with her sister Tina.
The sisters come from a family of diner owners. Their relatives own The Pilgrim Diner in Cedar Grove and the Fairmont Diner in Clifton.
“We grew up with it. We both went to college for other things, but we’re both here now,” Pauline said.
So far, the sisters are enjoying the experience. Always smiling and laughing, they have tried to inject their personalities into the establishment from day one. They want their customers to have a good time when eating at the Monarch. The diner is open 24 hours a day.
There’s The Burger Garage with each burger named after a different car, like the Beamer, a burger with swiss cheese, grilled ham, and pineapple on a Kaiser roll or the Thunderbird, a burger with mozzarella cheese, grilled tomato, and roasted peppers on a garlic Kaiser roll.
Each wrapped sandwich is named after a famous rapper. The Jay-Z is a traditional BLT with spicy mayo, and the Will Smith, a Philadelphia-style wrap, has strips of beef with peppers, onions, mushrooms, and American cheese. The girls grow some of their own herbs on the property.
The chicken platters are all named after famous women, including Queen Latifah, who stopped by the Monarch recently, Tina said.
The Monarch offers a full breakfast menu and specials change everyday. A full slate of desserts are written out on a blackboard near the door and a display of sweet offerings tempts customers when they first walk through the door. Outdoor seating is offered during nice weather.