Matthews Diner Celebrates 50th Anniversary
BERGENFIELD, NJ: On June 1, Matthews Diner celebrated their 50th anniversary with an
official ribbon cutting. The ceremony commemorated the opening of the diner to the very day
50 years ago, as well as initiated a month-long fundraising effort of raising money toward The
Friends of Bergenfield Library, Friends of Music of the Bergenfield Schools, Bergenfield United
Soccer Club and The VFW National Home for Children.
“I am very grateful to all of those who attended and supported the event,” said Matthews. “I am
touched by their stories and memories of Matthews Diner. Their stories have made me feel that
the Diner is part of their lives.”
The event began with the Bergenfield High School Marching Band being lead in by the local
VFW Color Guard to play the national anthem along with an assortment of melodies.
Sam Matthews, owner and operator of Matthews Diner, started the ceremony with a brief history
of the six Matthews brothers starting the family business followed by an introduction of each of
the four organizations the diner is fundraising for. During the month of June, the diner will be
offering patrons the opportunity to donate a portion of their guest check toward one of these four
“It is wonderful to be here to celebrating 50 years of the Matthews Diner in Bergenfield;
celebrating both the diner and the town,” said Mayor Norman Schmelz. “Everyone has
celebrated a moment at the diner in their lives, whether it’s a sporting event, a special occasion
or just time spent with friends and family. Congratulations to the Matthews family on 50 years!”
Matthews was then presented with a Congressional Certificate of Recognition by a
representative of Congressman Gottheimer as well as a resolution recognizing 50 years of
business by a representative of Assemblyman James Lagana. Mayor Schmelz continued by
reading a proclamation in appreciation of Matthews Diner 50th anniversary celebration and their
charity work for the community, including the creation of “Dine to Donate.” Principal Jim Fasano
of Bergenfield High School proceeded to announce the high school’s scholarship essay
winners: Kimberly Castor, Cassandra Laman and Yanni Vrakas.
The ceremony concluded with the cutting of the ribbon by many of the Matthews brothers and
extended family. Guests were then welcomed inside to enjoy the classic dishes and close knit,
experience the diner is famous for.
“Matthews Diner is a part of the fabric that makes up this community and has for many years.
They continue to help the community through different organizations,” said Councilman Arvin
Amatorio. “Matthews Diner is not about a business, but about the community. They are
successful because they help so many different organizations and everyone feels welcome to
come here to celebrate moments in their lives.”