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Valley Diner Opens in West Orange

Ribbon cutting marks one of the newest additions to the downtown.

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With its stainless steel exterior and red accents, stepping into the new Valley Diner may make customers feel like they are stepping back in time.

The diner, at 567 Valley Road, has a traditional set of bar stools running down the length of the restaurant and is about the size of a railroad car. It harkens back to a mid-century feeling.

Township officials and Mayor Robert Parisi cut the ribbon on the latest addition to the downtown area on Tuesday

The owner of Valley Diner works double duty as its chef: Eric Pitusiak. Originally from Poland, Pitusiak said customers will find traditional diner fare there, including hamburgers, shakes, chicken fingers, soups and salads, but also traditional Polish dishes such as pirogies and stuffed cabbage.  

The diner had been sitting vacant until Pitusaik moved in near the end of December. He cleaned the place up and opened for business in April. 

“I love this place,” said Pitusaik. “The style is homey. We don’t see [diners like this] anymore. ... I have customers that came over here as kids.” 

Pitusaik said he had graduated from the New York Restaurant School in 1998, and has been working at various places ever since. 

When it comes to the best item on the menu, Pitusaik did not hesitate to say pirogies. 

“It’s the way we make them, that’s why they taste the best,” said Pitusaik. “That’s why they sell the best.” 

Ken July 11, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Sitting vacant? Maybe briefly, but it was open and running as Gamburger's through at least that fall.
Edward July 11, 2012 at 02:09 PM
I tried their food at the "Taste of West Orange" the other day and I have to say the food was really good and the owner was very pleasant and nice, am going to stop by soon..
Cynthia Cumming July 11, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Best of luck!
Sylvia July 12, 2012 at 02:17 AM
What a great little place!
Sylvia July 12, 2012 at 02:25 AM
You will find here some great home cooking! Pierogies are amazing, stuffed cabbage to die for and did I mentioned crapes? OMG you have to give a try! He also makes great soups there, my daughter loves them. Eryk's personality definitely adds to the experience! Best of luck and see you soon!
badbul July 12, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Good Luck with your place. I'll be sure to give you a shot.
LaurenSel July 12, 2012 at 01:48 PM
We work nearby and were very happy to discover that the diner is clean, the staff is very friendly and the food was fantastic. I hope everyone makes an effort to support this great local business!
Lisa July 18, 2012 at 02:03 AM
What a welcome and delicious addition to the Valley Arts District! Food is great, little diner is cool and the staff super nice.
Carol Nawrocki August 03, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Had breakfast there today, excellent food, better prices. Will be eating there often.

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