Our History

  • How it Began

    In 1927, The Corcodilos Family came to Hightstown from Perth Amboy. Nick Corcodilos and his brother bought land from Mr. Benjamin Zaitz & had a brand new lunch wagon built by Jerry O’Mahony from Kearny, NJ. It was transported on wheels to its present site, which was parallel to Mercer Street, and was named the Hightstown Diner. Mr. Corcodilos paid approximately $7000.00. It came complete with a twelve-stool counter, full kitchen, glasses, dishes, cutlery, and cookware.

  • The O’Mahony’s have a new concept

    In 1936 the Hightstown Diner was replaced by Mr. O’Mahony’s new diner concept having a separate dining room for family entertainment. In 1941 a new diner was brought in. It was a modern stainless steel interior and exterior structure, built by Mr. Johnson who was an airline designer and manufacturer. The new diner was one of the newest and largest diners built at the time.

  • The Hightstown Diner in the 1970s

    In 1971 my father Nick bought the diner from our Uncle Bill and Aunt Irene. He partnered with my Uncle Alex, who left in the 80’s. Uncle Nick took his spot and stayed until 1991. Purchasing Uncle Nick’s share of the diner, I began working in 1992 and learned old school business from the best of the best. Thus began the 5th generation.

    Our employees have been with us for years and are a big part of our family with some of their own children joining us as employees.

  • The Hightstown Diner Today

    George was added to the family in 1988 and started learning and working with my father in the kitchen where he continues to this day with his recipes in traditional diner fashion.

    Today, George and I, our two sons Niko and Stefano, and the Hightstown Diner staff continue to maintain the old traditional diner...diner food, diner atmosphere, and diner prices. We are blessed to be a part of this great community all these years. It is truly a family environment, where “everyone knows your name”.