On the heels of its Long Island expansion, Huddle House diner franchise is adding six units in northern New Jersey, marking the 50-year-old brand's first foray into that area.

Huddle House recently announced its 10-unit deal in Long Island and has now signed an agreement with an experienced multi-unit investor to build six restaurants across the bridge in Northern New Jersey. Huddle House previously extended only as far North as West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

"If you think about it, there's already a diner culture there," says Jonathan Benjamin, chief development officer for Huddle House. "Huddle House represents something new and innovative with a bit of Southern flair. Bacon and eggs you can get anywhere, but the biscuits and gravy are just not everyday menu items you'll find in the Northeast. That's a bit of a draw, along with the small footprint and ease of operation."

Most Huddle House diners are open 24 hours a day, which dovetails well with the diner tradition in the Northeast. The diner franchise serves up any meal, any time, with offerings that include fluffy omelets, golden waffles, grits, hash browns and the aforementioned biscuits and gravy. The menu is rounded out with classics like burgers, fries, hand-dipped milkshakes and Southern favorites such as country-fried steak and country ham.

The bold reds and oranges of the brand's Evolution redesign puts a modern spin on the classic neighborhood diner. The restaurants feature open kitchens that promote more interaction between guests and the staff. The mix of booths and tables can be reconfigured to accommodate various groups. Benjamin anticipates a warm welcome for the brand in New York.

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