HOBOKEN, NJ - The iconic Malibu Diner, owned and operated by the Babalis family for decades, has welcomed generations of guests to their spot at the northern entrance to Hoboken.
Konstantinos Babalis—who took over the former 14th Street Diner after moving to Hoboken from his native Greece in 1979—passed away at the age of 80 last week, his family has announced.
Flowers for the Konstantinos currently line the outside of the family-owned eatery (now serving takeout only, due to COVID restrictions).
“The Malibu Diner is a shining example of a family-owned business that has served our community for decades, thanks in large part to his hard work and dedication," said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. "On behalf of the city of Hoboken, I extend my sympathies to the Babalis family and loved ones.”
According Freeholder Anthony Romano, Babalis, "was a real gentleman with a big heart who stayed in Hoboken during the tough times. I was fortunate to be his friend and know him from when I was very young. He had a special place in his heart for police officers and took pride in his food and his Greek heritage. May he Rest in Peace."
The lot on which the Malibu is located has seen plans for redevelopment, which include a 5-story residential building—with space for the diner on the ground level.
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