Remembering The Past: Around Union County

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

Here are some past names of bars, diners and restaurants that were once around Union County. Remember more? Do you remember some mom and pop stores from the area? Please send!

CRANFORD-Super Diner was on South Ave.

ELIZABETH-Big Ben’s Tavern on First St., Charlie’s Tavern on Elizabeth Ave. with Charlie Goldate as the proprietor, Christen Lee’s Gas Light Chinese Cuisine on Cherry St. and Shamrock Tavern; So. Broad St.

GARWOOD-Sunset Tavern; North Ave.

LINDEN-U.S.1 Diner; Route US 1 and Golden Lantern Restaurant on E. Edgar Rd.

KENILWORTH-Kenilworth Inn 481 Boulevard

MOUNTAINSIDE-Tops Diner on Route 29 and The Tower Inn Steak House

PLAINFIELD-The Park Hotel had a Cocktail Lounge

RAHWAY-The Chowder Pot Seafood Resaturant on Route 27 and Grand Diner HWY 25

SCOTCH PLAINS-The Stage House Inn; Park Ave.

SPRINGFIELD-Farmer’s Inn; Morris Ave., Swingle’s Colonial; Route 22, Terry Dempsey’s Cocktail Bar & Restaurant; Morris Ave. and White Diamond Restaurant.

More next week!

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

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