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With Father's Blessing, River Edge Diner Reopens For Business

Father Christos L. Pappas of the Ascension Greek Orthodox Church in Fairview blesses the River Edge Diner with owner George Sideras, right, and Mayor Edward Mignone Sunday.
Father Christos L. Pappas of the Ascension Greek Orthodox Church in Fairview blesses the River Edge Diner with owner George Sideras, right, and Mayor Edward Mignone Sunday. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Sideras, joined by the mayor and his father, cuts the ribbon on the River Edge Diner.
Sideras, joined by the mayor and his father, cuts the ribbon on the River Edge Diner. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Patrons make their way inside the River Edge Diner with the color guard standing by.
Patrons make their way inside the River Edge Diner with the color guard standing by. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
The new dessert casing is located in the front of the diner, right when you walk in.
The new dessert casing is located in the front of the diner, right when you walk in. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
The whole restaurant has a new look.
The whole restaurant has a new look. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
The new bar is located where the old partitions were.
The new bar is located where the old partitions were. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Sideras' mother greets family and friends.
Sideras' mother greets family and friends. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Guests mingle and enjoy the buffet provided by the diner.
Guests mingle and enjoy the buffet provided by the diner. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
The River Edge Diner's outdoor patio.
The River Edge Diner's outdoor patio. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
River Edge Diner.
River Edge Diner. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

RIVER EDGE, N.J. — After nearly six months of renovations, the River Edge Diner is back in business.

Dozens of community members gathered outside of the eatery Sunday evening, as owner George Sideras, his father, Steve, and Mayor Edward Mignone cut the ribbon alongside the borough's color guard on the new and improved facility.

"This is more than just a business for us," Sideras said to the crowd. "This is our life."

The new look boasts an outdoor patio for up to 50 people, a bar, refinished tables and booths, a mini fireplace, a build-your-own salad bar (in the kitchen) and high-end pastry chefs to stock the 15-foot pie case.

The partitions in the back room — added in the most recent 1998 renovation — have been completely removed, opening the space to tables.

The River Edge Diner will be open to the public on Monday, Sept. 11.

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