"And all my employees are out of work," he said.
"We were just talking about being open 90 days," Kramer said. "Everything was good, everything was up, and we were getting ready to start dinners in a few weeks."
He said he could not imagine why anyone would target the diner, which was Brunic's Breakfast & Grill before Kramer and his partner bought the property and remodeled it at a cost of more than $700,000.
"This is somebody just being stupid," Kramer said.
Police said they had no suspects, but believe whoever drove the front-end loader into the diner had an accomplice.
The loader was stolen from a construction site about a quarter-mile north on Route 130 at Route 45, police said.
Surveillance video from a facility across the highway from the diner shows the construction vehicle traveling southbound along Route 130 around midnight before turning to enter the diner's parking lot, according to authorities.
The video does not show the ramming, but the impact toppled bricks, smashed a large window, buckled the roof, and created a gaping hole through which broken wires and pipes hung exposed.
The video then shows a male jumping into a waiting silver vehicle which then went south on Route 130, police said.
Westville Police Chief Greg Lederer said the loader apparently was hot-wired and investigators found several small bottles of alcohol inside the cab.
The bottles will be tested for fingerprints and possibly DNA, Lederer said.
Hours after the loader went into the diner, crews removed it from the building and workers covered the gaping hole with plywood.
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