The Red Hawk Diner

outside the Red Hawk DinerIn New Jersey, the diner capital of the world, a hot cup of Joe and a spinach omelet are never far from reach - even at Montclair State, which boasts the only 24/7 authentic, on-campus diner in the country.          

With an estimated 600 diners in the state and a lot of Montclair State students hailing from New Jersey, having a diner on campus seemed like a perfect fit when it opened in 2001, becoming the first authentic and functional diner ever built on a college campus.

“This is New Jersey and New Jerseyans love their diners,” President Susan A. Cole told the New York Times when the diner opened. “ We thought it would be a hit.”

It was–and still is. Today, the silver-and-red train-car style diner, with its chrome counter stools, tile floor and neon lights, serves between 400 and 450 people every day.

The Red Hawk Diner comes by its authenticity legitimately – it was built by Kullman Industries, the New Jersey-based prefabricated building company that dates back to the 1920s and built diners throughout the country, including the iconic Tick Tock Diner in Clifton, N.J., and the Menlo Park Diner in Edison, N.J.

The Red Hawk Diner more than a classic diner.  For many students, it’s a familiar slice of home, where they can go day or night to study, fuel up on coffee and chow down on traditional diner fare or items special to campus like the MSU wrap or a deluxe Red Hawk burger.