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In 1927, our family came to Hightstown from Perth Amboy. My father and his brother bought land from Mr. Benjamin Zaitz and had a brand new lunch wagon built by Jerry Oac2Mahony from Kearny, NJ. It was transported on wheels to its present site, which was parallel to Mercer Street, and it was named the Hightstown Diner. Dad paid approximately $7000.00, and it came complete with a twelve stool counter, full kitchen, glasses, dishes, cutlery and cookware. Mr. Oac2Mahony also provided an analysis of profit and loss and a follow-up on how to increase profitability. It was calculated that the average diner customer occupied his stool for about 8 minutes and spent 28 cents. In no time at all dad became quite successful. His dishes were better than the average lunch wagon food. He used fresh herbs, which he grew in his garden and dried for the winter. He used real olive oil, made fresh yogurt, baked pies in season, and made his famous rice pudding.