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ebchower Jan 26, 2013 09:31 AM

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.

  1. equal_Mark Jan 26, 2013 09:33 AM

    The Eatontown location is now Sawa Sushi.

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      wereboar May 2, 2013 03:37 AM

      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. jrvedivici Jan 26, 2013 09:34 AM

      Edison is a Panera Bread.

      I think East Brunswick is an I-Hop.

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        ebchower Jan 26, 2013 09:39 AM

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

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          jrvedivici Jan 26, 2013 09:52 AM

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

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            ebchower Jan 26, 2013 09:58 AM

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

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              bluela Jan 26, 2013 05:41 PM

              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.

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                jrvedivici Jan 26, 2013 06:10 PM

                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.

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                  fourunder Jan 26, 2013 06:14 PM

                  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.....

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                    jrvedivici Jan 26, 2013 06:21 PM

                    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.

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                      fourunder Jan 26, 2013 07:24 PM

                      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

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                        jrvedivici Jan 27, 2013 08:03 AM

                        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.

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              wizard2 Jan 27, 2013 07:06 AM

              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.

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                ebchower Jan 27, 2013 07:22 AM

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

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                  jrvedivici Jan 27, 2013 07:58 AM

                  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!

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                    ebchower Jan 27, 2013 08:19 AM

                    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.

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                      jrvedivici Jan 27, 2013 08:40 AM

                      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.

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                        MGZ Jan 27, 2013 05:39 PM

                        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.

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                          jrvedivici Jan 27, 2013 06:00 PM

                          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.

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                          chuck98 Apr 6, 2013 04:22 PM

                          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.

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                          marfoodie Apr 25, 2013 05:41 PM

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

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                fourunder Jan 26, 2013 09:52 AM

                Bergenfield location became a Nissan Dealership.

                1. wench31 Jan 26, 2013 12:49 PM

                  The Howell location became a Farmer's market.

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                    wench31 Apr 6, 2013 08:30 PM

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

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                    lemarais Jan 26, 2013 04:26 PM

                    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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                      eleeper Jan 26, 2013 04:35 PM

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

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                        bagelman01 Jan 27, 2013 07:40 AM

                        +1 on 32nd street across from Pennsylvania Station

                    2. Angelina Jan 27, 2013 06:21 AM

                      The Perth Amboy location is now a Quick Check with gas.

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                        tamerlanenj Jan 27, 2013 09:50 PM

                        West Caldwell became a panera
                        place was truly awful!!

                        1. corvette johnny Jan 28, 2013 05:48 AM

                          This reminded me...

                          I was in puerto rico a few weeks ago and saw a Ponderosa LOL

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                            eatinman Mar 23, 2013 10:12 AM

                            Wow ....... a lot of those Sizzler franchise holders lost a lot of dough!

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                              lemarais Mar 23, 2013 11:02 AM

                              Tad's was always better. Great garlic toast!

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                              DirtyJerzey Mar 23, 2013 06:05 PM

                              The Marlton one, at the now defunct Marlton circle has become a Pietros.

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                                EL7 Mar 23, 2013 06:22 PM

                                TAD'S!!!!!! Oh yes!!! My friend and I used to go to the one on 42nd in the city. We were in our teens, we used to joke hold the steak and throw on a couple more pieces of garlic bread! It was sooo good!!!

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                                TomDel Mar 26, 2013 08:13 AM

                                I believe there was one at the White Horse circle in Hamilton Twp. I think it morphed into a Chinese buffet place for a while and now I believe it's an auto parts store.

                                Before it was a Sizzler, it was a tavern (Gropp's) that had been there since Revolutionary War times. Legend had it that George Washington stopped in there on his white horse, hence the name of the circle and the neighborhood.

                                Somehow the family that owned the tavern avoided having it designated a historical site and the building was torn down and replaced with the Sizzler.

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                                  njmarshall55 Apr 26, 2013 01:31 PM

                                  Is that the place that had the bullet glass in the door...original from Rev. War days? I THINK I remember a White Horse Tavern that I want to just when I turned "legal."

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                                  dgthree May 7, 2013 09:47 AM

                                  Actually, the Rockaway location was torn down, and a Buffalo Wild Wings is in the same spot. Red Robin is inside the mall.

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