By Madelynne Kislovsky
RED BANK – With its retro color scheme, booths with miniature jukeboxes featuring tunes from Barbara Streisand and Tony Bennett, and a luncheonette counter with swivel stools, the new Toast City Diner aspires to be a modern twist on a 1950s American diner in the heart of the downtown Red Bank. The diner at 45 Monmouth Street opens at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast, lunch and brunch, and closes at 3 p.m., in contrast to its predecessor, the iconic Broadway Diner, which remained opened 24 hours a day and closed in July, 2014 after 18 years in business. The restaurant will be available for private parties in the evening.
“Toast is a communal place, for business lunches and meetings with friends, and we’re hoping to provide that same communal hub for the town of Red Bank,” said Toast managing partner Adam Solan, who has opened the diner with owner Amy Russo.
The diner’s slogan is Peace, Love and Pancakes.
Beyond the classics there is the Red Velvet, served with cream cheese; the gluten free Will’s Firebird and the Carrot Cake, made with shredded carrot, coconut, raisins, honey, walnuts and brown sugar. The prices for these specialties range from $4.95 for single pancake to $10.95 for a full stack.
There is also several choices of omelettes, salads, soups and sandwiches.
Toast is one of a trio. There are two larger Toast restaurants in Asbury Park and Montclair.
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