Remembering The Past: Union’s Flagship Restaurant

An early photo of The Flagship Restaurant in Union Township

An early photo of The Flagship Restaurant in Union Township

by Diane Norek Harrison

After my January 18 column I received the following material: In the 1930’s there was a restaurant/nightclub named Donahue’s that had a nautical theme located on Route 29. When Donahue’s burned down, it was replaced by Flagship 29, which was a nightclub built in the shape of a ship which opened in 1938. It was located on Route 29 which was what is now the east bound lanes of Route 22.

It burned down in 1942 and was rebuilt after World War II, reopening again as a nightclub. In the 1960’s the ship was used as an American Shops clothing store and a dinner theater in 1968. It was rebuilt in 1986 and has been used as various appliance stores ever since.

Picture and information used with permission from The Union Township Historical Society.

If you have your own memories or past material for any town 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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