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New Towne Diner Closes Its Doors

The Owings Mills Diner has been closed for at least a week-and-a-half.

The New Towne Diner suddenly closed the doors at its Reisterstown Road restaurant in Owings Mills.

The diner was closed as early as Feb. 5, according to several Patch readers. On Thursday, there were no people inside, no cars in the parking lot and a stack of newspapers at the front door. The phone line has been temporarily disconnected, according to an automated message.

Two Patch readers left positive reviews on the diner’s directory listing.

“Great food and great service!” wrote Bob Albert.

The diner’s listing on Yelp has much more negative reviews.

“Awful service, sub-par food,” wrote Rebecca G.

Will you miss the New Towne Diner? What do you hope will take its place? Tell us in the comments.

Jeffrey Freedman February 16, 2013 at 12:02 AM
I was a bit surprised to notice all the lights off when driving by on Reisterstown Road. I believe I first noticed this on or around February 5. If I recall correctly, the diner had been open since 1996 with lines outside the doors, but later went through several owners during its run. Unfortunately, it seemed the diner could no longer attract patrons after a while, which must have caused it to go out of business. Honestly, I'd like to see it reopened under new and better ownership.
R K February 16, 2013 at 12:06 AM
20 years ago it was the place to go. Even 3 or 4 years ago my wife and I would still go once in awhile. The crappy service is why I stopped. Another empty building on Reisterstown Rd. that will probably stay that way for a long time.
Lisa Astrin February 16, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Horrible food and dirty restaurant and it has been that way for years I am surprised it didn't close years ago
Robin abrams February 16, 2013 at 04:16 PM
It was too filthy to eat there if what I could see was dirty, I don't even wanna think about the condition of the kitchen.
Carole February 16, 2013 at 05:02 PM
I agree: Bad service (and not-so-great food) probably resulted in this diner's demise. I hope we get another affordable place to eat in its place--and one w/o those damned loud and obnoxious women who are congregating in other area diners and restaurants to play card games. When I see them coming, I leave.
Marge Streicker February 16, 2013 at 08:25 PM
It is a sign of the times. Sorry they couldn't keep it current and alive, instead of going downhill and now closing. Our town needs affordable places to eat out that are clean and hospitable. My husband and I always end up going to Westminster to eat. If they sell the place,,, please. please no more car dealerships or auto supply stores.
Mg February 17, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Not going to miss it at all. When it first opened I frequented it. Good food good service, reasonable prices Business was good, they expanded. Ownership changed. Quality declined and and it was never clean I haven't eaten there in a decade
nat l February 17, 2013 at 10:02 PM
dick hertz started out good,slowly went downhill
PersimmonPark February 18, 2013 at 05:29 PM
I liked it. I don't know what people were expecting in regards to diner food. I could get a hearty, affordable breakfast with bottomless coffee. Isn't that what people really want in life?
Deborah Thorp February 18, 2013 at 06:06 PM
I agree with PersimmonPark's comment, "...a hearty, affordable breakfast .... bottomless coffee". It reminded me of the diner that my Grampa used to take us. ahhh, the memories!
Larry Dobres February 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM
The service was great. The atmosphere was drab. It would be a perfect place for a Gino's.
Neily j February 19, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Perfect place for an upscale strip club
Neily j February 19, 2013 at 05:16 PM
A perfect place for a White Coffee Pot Jr
Mike February 19, 2013 at 07:13 PM
We will miss Sue and Betty. Betty gave us the best service ever. We enjoyed the burgers,ribs, and fried chicken, spag.& meatballs. We (Ch and Mike) ate there a lot always finding the place very clean.The place will definitly be missed. We will miss seeing all the regular customers there as well.
DEBBIE GORE March 04, 2013 at 11:30 PM
DEBBIE I will miss the diner. Best place to go for breakfast. Loved their salads and spaghetti. I got a gift card for Christmas and never got to use it. Any way of cashing it in?? I would like to see Checkers move in there.
Barbara March 10, 2013 at 03:48 AM
The building is so charming and it's a shame that it sits empty. I'd love to see a talented restauranteur take over, clean and spruce up the restaurant up, hire a real cook, use good whole foods and play on the 50's theme that is there for the taking. Everyone always blames the economy but the Outback/Bonefish are able to draw people but you have to have good food, a pleasant atmosphere and good service.

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