By Jay Braman Jr.
In the new Phoenicia Diner, it seems like old times.
The diner, which stands alone along side Route 28 in Phoenicia, had been closed for more than a year after husband and wife team Mike Cioffi and Helene Banks purchased it.
A retired scenery and set designer, Mike had been at work inside the place polishing the chrome and shining up the image of the 1960s classic structure.
When they unlocked the doors for the grand opening last Friday it was as if folks had been waiting all year for the chance to return, and each brought three friends.