Its a shame what happened to Woodbury. The town is over 300 years old, and for most of that time Broad Street in Woodbury was the main business district of then-rural Gloucester County. But about 30 years ago along came nearby Deptford Mall, sucking the life out of Woodbury's retail stores. Yes, its still the county seat, but even the courts moved out. The old courthouse on Broad Street (which, with its clock tower, looks like something out of “Back To The Future”) was first made obsolete by the new family court building across the street, and now family court has been again moved to the new main courthouse on Hunter Street. Now Broad Street is mostly a collection of fried chicken places, second-hand shops, and the kinds of stores you usually find in the inner-city.
So where can you now go for a quick breakfast business meeting in Woodbury? Well, the Colonial Diner is still there, tucked in between a railroad track and Broad Street, about a mile north of the old courthouse. And that’s where I met an associate for breakfast last Friday.
On the plus side, Colonial is a 24 hour diner, which is somewhat of a rarity at this end of the state. But I can't think of anything else outstanding about the Colonial.
Colonial's entrance is on the opposite side of the building from the parking lot. Once inside, you find yourself in a familiar diner setting, with a counter and booths. But why is it always my luck to be seated in the very ordinary-looking room down the corridor almost all the way back to the parking lot? And then, to get to the restrooms, you have to walk all the way back, through the diner, to the opposite end.
We ate light this day. Just a bagel and coffee for me. The food is not bad, the coffee is good, and the waitresses keep your cup full, but this place is just so ordinary!
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