After decades of being open 24-hours, The Dining Car will soon have opening and closing times.
The Dining Car, for decades a 24-hour restaurant at 8826 Frankford Ave. in Holmesburg, will soon have opening and closing times.
On Sunday, Aug. 13, the diner will close at 9 p.m. and reopen the next day at 7 a.m.
Going forward, the diner will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Owner Nancy Morozin explained that business is not as strong during the late-night, overnight and early-morning hours.
Previously, the diner would close only during snowstorms and at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
There will be no job losses, as the workers from the late shift will be moved to earlier shifts.
Morozin informed customers by placing a note in the menus that reads, “Dear Guests, It has been our pleasure to serve you 24 hours a day these past 57 years. As of Sunday, August 13th, our new hours of operation will be 7:00 a.m. — 9:00 p.m. daily.”
Morozin added that the market will remain open during diner hours.
The diner owner will remain busy as chairwoman of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, along with other business-related volunteer gigs.
Morozin expects business to remain strong during the new hours in a neighborhood she sees as rebounding. She likes the renovations done to the new Mealey’s Furniture store that is replacing Kmart. The former Pathmark will be home to Billows Electric Supply and two other shops. The Rosewood is expected to reopen as a catering hall. And work is expected to begin soon on the former Liddonfield Homes housing project, which will be home to senior citizen housing and Holy Family University athletic fields. ••