Remembering The Past: Past Woodbridge

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

WOODBRIDGE-The following is from a reader after my Sept. 21 column: “Sam’s Bar and Grill, which was supposedly haunted, was on New Brunswick Avenue in Fords. Dalina’s was on Crows Mill as was Mezo’s, a small general store. Slice n Spice was a deli on New Brunswick Avenue.”

I also heard from Doug Sheehan: “I noticed your article on old bars in Woodbridge Township. I was raised in Fords, just up the street from Frank’s Tavern, which was mentioned in your article. There are two classic bars you didn’t mention: Sam’s Bar and Grill, New Brunswick Avenue, Fords and The White Birch, Route 1 and Ford Avenue, Menlo Park Terrace. I spent many a day and night (and many $$$) in those places in the 70’s.”

White Birch Inn was mentioned a week later in my Sept. 28 column.

A few more that I found from the 1930s: Middlesex Tavern, Main Street and Amboy Avenue; Family Liquor Store, Main Street; and Shady Brook Inn, Avenel.

1960s: Kenny Acres Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge on Route 9. Albea Liquors was in the Colonia Shopping center and The Spirits Shop on Inman Avenue. Beacon Liquors was on St. Georges Avenue in Avenel.

Start sending your own memories or past material from any section of Woodbrdige for my 2013 columns!

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ 07201

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