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Jan 22, 2013 07:31 AM

NJ locations with failure after failure

In the late 80's in Ridgefield Park, they built a plush new restaurant near the railroad tracks and I can't count how many places opened and quickly closed there over the next 15 years. You'd think after a while someone looking to open there would learn the history and wonder what they had planned that was so special that could possibly succeed. Anyone know of other such locations?

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  1. There's a little place just south of the Collingwood flea market, just before the circle. If you miss the driveway, you have to go all the way back around. Right now it's empty, but I've seen at least 5-6 restaurants in there. The last one was Middle Eastern food and lasted about 3 months.

    1. Rt.23/Pompton Ave in Cedar Grove.back in the the 80's it was the Cedar Grove Inn , "CGI". Nothing has lasted on that spot more than 2 years or so and i can think off three places that opened and closed and one which was very good. It's a nice building, attractive interior in a well travelled area, go figure.

      1. One that's been discussed here is at the intersection of 516 & 79 in Matawan. It was an Italian Hot Dog place, a cheesesteak place, then salads. The various owners didn't even bother taking any of the old signs down, they just kept piling one on top of the other.

        Another one is in South Amboy on 35 that was at one time Martini's. It's been done over at least 5 times in the last few years & nothing seems to stick there either.

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        1. re: Jerzeegirl

          That location on 516 & 79 has been 3/4 things in the two or three years it's been there.....and is currently empty.

          The one time Martini's is now Atlantic Standard which I have been to a few times and have reviewed it's actually very good but based on my observations upon my visits it's not going to last too much longer this time around.

          1. re: jrvedivici

            We tried Atlantic Standard & didn't care for it. BF was not happy the beer taps weren't working, the service was terrible & we really didn't see too much on the menu we liked. He ended up with fish & I had the tacos which were meh. I don't think it's going to last every long either, unfortunately. Whoever owns it now sure made a lot of changes from when it was Martini's.

            1. re: Jerzeegirl

              Just out of curiosity when were you there? It is my understanding the Chef they brought in left within the past two weeks. (The food was excellent the couple times I was there with large parties nobody had any complaints.)

              1. re: jrvedivici

                It was over a month ago, so maybe we'll give it another try. We also couldn't get over the difference in the decor and ambience from when it was Martini's.

                1. re: Jerzeegirl

                  If you didn't like it over a month ago then I'm not sure it got any better. lol

                  I was never at Martini's but I like the decor and ambiance now.

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    Martini's was verrry what I call "frou frou". It looked like a cherub explosion with Louis XIV furnishings, but the food & service were excellent. They had 2 menus - 1 for the men & 1 for the ladies - the ladies menu had no prices listed. It was our go to for Valentine's Day for quite a while. It was also in a small Cape Cod house on 35 when it started, then bought the house next door & expanded. Once they did that, it was all downhill from there.

            2. re: jrvedivici

              We drove by the 516 & 79 location yesterday and saw activity inside it (and also inside the defunct ice cream parlor a couple of doors down).

          2. Mine would be what is now CJ Mcloon's on Shrewsbury Ave. in Tinton Falls, NJ.

            It use to be the Airport Inn way back in the day. In the early 90's it had a good run as The American Pizza Kitchen which I truly enjoyed. That folded after a 5 year run...then it was a number of forgettable places, Nicky's, Brix 516, (one or two other nameless entities) then CJ Montana's had about a 5 year run now it's CJ Mc loon's and again I don't see much of a future for this incarnation either.

            1. Mine would be where Nemo's in Keyport is now. That location has been at least five other very short lived businesses in a row before the owners of Nemo's took over.

              I hope writing this is NOT the kiss of death.