The Deluxe Station Diner, a satellite location of Watertown's popular Deluxe Town Diner, opened its doors earlier this month at the former train station on Union Street in Newton Centre.
Daryl Levy, owner of both locations, said that the new location has already seen great success.
"It's been amazing," Levy said. "We've had families bring in their kids, and everyone has been so supportive. I'm extremely thrilled. It was a major feat, but we did it."
The station, which is being leased from the MBTA, contains a 90-seat restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with a full bar with beer, wine, and cocktails. Levy described the decor as 'tongue in cheek Victoriana, updated for the 21st century.'
The diner had a soft opening earlier in January, and Levy said she is still working on plans for an official grand opening.
"We haven't set a date yet," Levy said. "But we're also in talks with a lot of community groups who want to use the space, so we're making all of our plans."
Levy said that the renovations, which went longer than expected, had been a challenge, given the age and historical character of the building. It was formerly occupied by Starbucks.
"It's a station that dates from the 1880s, and it didn't have a kitchen. We had to build one from scratch," Levy said. "But it's a wonderful building, and we really wanted to respect it."
Levy said that there was still some work to be done, including installing a permanent sign outside the restaurant.
"This is just a beginning," Levy said. "There's nothing better than a great meal in a beautiful building. This building isn't just a restaurant, it belongs to the people of Newton."
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