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Hoboken’s Spa Diner: All Day, All Night, And Always Essential

A local favorite gets favored status for decades of service.

In the very first week of the pandemic, officials in Hoboken, New Jersey, declared Spa Diner an essential business. That’s because for the past 39 years, their 24/7 service was a consistent go-to for local police, fire departments, EMTs, train conductors, and more. In fact, half the diner’s total business happens in the overnight shift. A robust delivery operation and the “essential” declaration allowed owner Sean McGarr to keep all his employees working and earning during the crisis. In thanks, McGarr served 4,500 meals through donations to the Hoboken Homeless Shelter and other organizations.