KEYPORT – The Broad Street Diner in Keyport is closed on Tuesdays. This past Tuesday, a couple of special guests ate there anyway.
Acclaimed actress and singer Lucy Hale filmed a scene from her upcoming movie at the Bayshore staple with co-star Nat Wolff.
Their romantic comedy, titled “Which Brings Me to You,” does not yet have a release date. The shoot was a one-day affair.
“One scene of the movie takes place in a diner and we heard this diner was special in the region, so we wanted to feature it in the movie,” producer Claude Dal Farra told the Asbury Park Press. “The director (Peter Hutchings) fell in love with it when he saw it a few weeks ago.”
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Known as the Seaport Diner before current owners Nick and Maria Kallas took over in 2015, the Broad Street Diner was built shortly after World War II by the Jerry O’Mahony Diner Co. of Elizabeth and features the stainless-steel exterior of many classic diners from that era. It was featured on CBS during a visit from celebrity chef Bobby Flay in 2016 and spotlighted by The New York Times last month.
“A few people on the crew mentioned they’ve come here and eaten before,” Nick Kallas said of Tuesday’s shoot. “They liked the location.”
Kallas said the film crew requested that no one take photos, though a few images of Hale outside the diner in a red spaghetti-strap dress made it onto the internet.
“We’ve had a few things like this in the past, but not a movie,” Kallas said. “It’s always fun, especially when we’re closed so it doesn’t interfere with our business.”
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Hale is well known for her starring role on the TV series “Pretty Little Liars” and co-hosted “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” with Ryan Seacrest from 2016-21.
“Which Brings me to You” is being produced by BCDF Pictures, which is co-owned by Dal Farra. The studio also partnered with Hutchins and Hale on “The Hating Game,” a romantic comedy released in 2021. In their new effort, Hale and Wolff are a photographer and a journalist who meet at a wedding and spend a whirlwind 24 hours getting to know each other.
Asked about the scene at the Broad Street Diner, Dal Farra said, “it takes place during the day, it is not really a date, but maybe. … You will have to see the movie to make up your mind about this.”
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One thing is certain: The scene will not include any of Nick Kallas’ culinary creations.
“The crew brought everything of their own, including food,” he said. “I didn’t have to do anything except open the doors for them.”
Jerry Carino is community columnist for the Asbury Park Press, focusing on the Jersey Shore’s interesting people, inspiring stories and pressing issues. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.