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Jan 26, 2013 09:31 AM

What became of NJ Sizzler locations?

I used to work part time in their regional office but never got to see most of their NJ locations. I know Secaucus became a Chilis. And the last one standing, Rockaway, is now a Red Robin. Any info on what the other ones became, and/or what they are now? Thanks.

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  1. The Eatontown location is now Sawa Sushi.

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    1. re: equal_Mark

      Yeah, that's pretty mindblowing in a lot of ways. We went to Sizzler's a bunch of times when we were kids - my guess is it was affordable and somewhat kid-friendly. I remember liking it because they had a "fixin's bar" and I liked piling a hundred pickles on my burger. :)

    2. Edison is a Panera Bread.

      I think East Brunswick is an I-Hop.

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      1. re: jrvedivici

        They had two in Edison. One was referred to as Menlo Park. I guess that's the Panera now.

        1. re: ebchower

          That is the one I was referring to. I grew up in Edison where was the 2nd location I can't place it?

          1. re: jrvedivici

            No idea, I knew them by name only. I'm almost positive Edison and Menlo Park were distinct restaurants.

            1. re: jrvedivici

              My aunt lived in Edison and we were in the area all the time (at least weekly, usually twice weekly, sometimes more). I only remember that one Sizzler (now the Panera) also. We never went there, probably because Steak & Ale and Bennigan's were across the street. I used to love them! Two cousins worked at Bennigan's, another at Bay Street, which was tucked right into the middle of the others. Liked that too, but the rest of the family were not into seafood. I only ever tried Sizzler on a road trip from California to Vegas. I thought it was good, but my mother never liked the serve-yourself type arrangement. I still miss that whole chain restaurant row's original setup, although Steak & Ale may be a little anachronistic to be successful now. Bennigan's used to have the best nachos. Then they were disgusting. I don't know what happened.

              1. re: bluela

                We might have crossed paths at some point in life as for awhile Bay St was a very regular hang out of mine. Even though I didn't like much seafood at the time I liked the L shaped mirrored bar with all the bottles etc. Many good memories there.

                1. re: jrvedivici

                  Do you remember the Fiberglass Shark coming out of the wall at Bay Street?

                  It went for $900 bucks at auction.... The Row Boat cut in half only went for $200.....

                  1. re: fourunder

                    I cannot say that I do was it in the bar area or dining room? I don't know if I was ever in the dining room. You walked in past the hostess stand and to the left was the L shaped bar with high top tables mixed in. I don't remember a shark at all.

                    1. re: jrvedivici

                      It was over the entrance to the kitchen...high up on the wall near the ceiling . The rower was hung overhead upside down from the entrance to the rear of the restaurant

                      1. re: fourunder

                        Too funny unless there was another entrance to the kitchen I use to sit at the end of the bar where the service bar was which was just outside the kitchen entrance! One of my many lost memories over the years.

            2. re: ebchower

              I believe that the other Sizzler in Edison was in a strip mall on Rt 27 South near Division St. Not sure if the building is still there.

              1. re: wizard2

                Good call. I found a listing at 1779 route 27, near Division Street.

                1. re: ebchower

                  If you don't mind what kind of "listing" did you find? Can someone give me a landmark on 27 where division is? For the life of me I can't place this Sizzler!

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    I did a search for sizzler route 27 edison and found that address. Apparently it became a Lone Star at some point. About a block south of the Plainfield Ave intersection.

                    1. re: ebchower

                      Hmmmm in the old Tops Appliance Parking lot? Actually before Tops I think it was a Crazy Eddies. I was from the other side of town but I think that's the spot.

                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        Fancy North Edison. Woodrow Wilson district?

                        I had to play for the Falcons during my short stint there, but got bussed to Wilson. Tough for a beach kid.

                        1. re: MGZ

                          Yes North Edison I grew up on Park Ave near the Sth Plainfield border. I went to school at St. Francis (Cathedral) for grammar school and Bishop Ahr for high school. My families restaurant is still in town while I own it I have nothing to do with management simply the landlord.

                        2. re: jrvedivici

                          I think you're right. It was in the big Topp's (now HMart) parking lot but closer to the street, sort of in the northeast corner of the lot. Just lot now.

                        3. re: ebchower

                          Lone star is closed - this was in the Tops Applienaces parking lot

              2. Bergenfield location became a Nissan Dealership.

                1. The Howell location became a Farmer's market.

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                  1. re: wench31

                    I thought I saw a sign saying Korean BBQ coming soon. Wonder what that means.

                  2. Sizzler wasn't that bad, actually. I remember Tad's, in NY, with a steak, baked potato, and garlic bread for $1.99. But sure, Ponderosa and Longhorn are AWFUL. (And popular!)

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                    1. re: lemarais

                      I must be older--I remember Tad's when it was $1.49.

                      1. re: eleeper

                        +1 on 32nd street across from Pennsylvania Station