Remembering The Past: Around Union County

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek

ELIZABETH-A reader replied to my May 18, 2012 column: “I remember the doughnut man. We never stopped, but you’d get the tempting aroma of the fresh baking as you drove by. I believe it was an old bus (1930s) and was painted brown on the lower half and tan on the top. I was told the owner lived (and kept the bus in off-hours) around Catherine Street.”

UNION -The following is from The Union Township Historical Society after my Jan. 18, 2013 column with names of Union County past bars, diners and restaurant names: Blue Dolphin Sea Food House, Cafe Mozart, and Corrigan’s Village Inn were on Stuyvesant Avenue.  The New Elmora Restaurant was located on Route 22, opposite the Flagship, and Farcher’s Grove Restaurant Bar & Grill was on Springfield Avenue.

Five Points Restaurant was on Chestnut Street, The Kingston Restaurant was on Morris Avenue, The Normandie Cocktail Lounge was on Route 29, now Route 22 and Union Hofbrau.

The Meeker Inn was established around 1756 by John Meeker. It was noted for its fine ales and visits by George Washington during the American Revolution. The 19th Hole tavern/restaurant was on Route 29.

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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