Once Upon a Time...
It all started many years and a few generations ago. In a small village on the island of Chios in Greece, a hard working farmer named Harry Paxos decided to come to America after the passing of his young wife, Maria.
On December 12, 1966, he moved to New Jersey with his children, Chris, Irene and Staci. The men worked as dishwashers and his daughter, Irene, worked as a seamstress in a factory. Working day and night, the family saved every penny and eventually bought the M&A Diner in the early 70’s together. Downtown Jersey City was thriving industrially and ideal for a nice family-run diner. During the summer of 1973, Irene went back home to Greece for vacation. While there, she met Peter, who became her husband just days later. Newleyweds, they embarked back to America together. They worked alongside each other at the M&A Diner. Harry and his son, Chris, decided to expand and begin a new diner elsewhere and so, Irene and Peter bought the M&A diner for themselves. They renamed it the Newport Pancake House and began the next chapter of their lives which would be over 25 years of marriage.
The Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory is the culmination of the family’s thriving love for the food business and vision for an endearing atmosphere so hard to duplicate. The secret has been simple, the family. Every meal is prepared by the watchful eye of the patriarch, Peter. There was no privilege quite like hearing the genuine laughter and enthusiasm of the matria
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