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Pal's Cabin closing

bifpocaroba Mar 21, 2013 11:45 AM

Sad...putting a CVS there.

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  1. equal_Mark RE: bifpocaroba Mar 21, 2013 12:39 PM

    Is this in NJ somewhere?

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      MarlboroMan RE: equal_Mark Mar 21, 2013 12:40 PM

      Never been there.. I'm assuming this is it:


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        omni_vorous_boris RE: MarlboroMan Mar 21, 2013 04:53 PM

        About time this place closed. Living on fumes for at least the past 10 years.

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          creamfinger RE: omni_vorous_boris Mar 21, 2013 05:23 PM

          Pal's is a part of West Orange history. I don't go there much anymore, but I'm still sad it's going away. It's just like Tavern on the Green. I didn't ever dine there, but it was a New York icon and the city lost something when it closed.

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      Jerzeegirl RE: bifpocaroba Mar 21, 2013 12:44 PM

      Boy, I haven't been there in 40 years. Sad to hear another one of my childhood haunts in Essex County is closing.

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        coldbeer RE: Jerzeegirl Mar 21, 2013 12:54 PM

        And to think that is the place where Liberace first performed, Henny Youngman played every New Year's Eve, and Yogi Berra still goes to...

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          Jerzeegirl RE: coldbeer Mar 21, 2013 12:59 PM

          Oh, I know. Wonder what Yogi-ism he'll come up with about the closing.

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            creamfinger RE: Jerzeegirl Mar 21, 2013 05:19 PM

            It's closing because nobody goes there anymore since it's so crowded.

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              Jerzeegirl RE: creamfinger Mar 21, 2013 05:53 PM

              That's the perfect one.

      2. creamfinger RE: bifpocaroba Mar 21, 2013 05:24 PM

        Better than another bank...

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          bropaul RE: bifpocaroba Mar 21, 2013 05:42 PM

          As a WO native, I feel like I am losing part of me. I haven't gone there on a regular basis in more than 35 years, but still . . . do we really need another CVS?

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            flourgirl RE: bropaul Apr 6, 2013 12:33 PM

            CVS stores are popping up all over the place like a bad disease. In my town in Hunterdon County, NJ, we have 3 of them in a 5 square mile radius. It's ridiculous.

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              creamfinger RE: flourgirl Apr 6, 2013 07:13 PM

              We can actually really use a larger CVS in the part of West Orange where Pal's is located. The current one is far too small to service the area. I'm just sorry we had to lose Pal's to get it.

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            ELA RE: bifpocaroba Mar 21, 2013 08:16 PM

            Agreed. I went there once and a while, whenever I had a lunch meeting or wanted to grab a bite, etc. I feel they had slipped quite a bit over the past several years but regardless, the place is part of WO history.

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              bifpocaroba RE: bifpocaroba Mar 22, 2013 04:31 AM

              Although it may have become tired over the past few years. It is still one of the best burgers in the area. I had a swiss , mushroom one two weeks ago and you'd be hard pressed to find a better one around.

              1. ambrose RE: bifpocaroba Mar 22, 2013 05:47 AM

                For those of you who have never heard of Pals, and those who wonder why it's closing, this may help:


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                  ELA RE: ambrose Mar 22, 2013 06:41 AM

                  Thank you for posting this. Very good story.

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                  bifpocaroba RE: bifpocaroba Mar 22, 2013 09:48 AM

                  Also henry passed away as well....he was a good guy


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                    jiffypop RE: bifpocaroba Mar 22, 2013 06:46 PM

                    so sad. no more Pal's and the Claremont closed years ago. very good memories

                    1. briansnat RE: bifpocaroba Mar 23, 2013 07:10 AM

                      What a shame to lose an historic place to the wrecking ball and another strip mall. Too bad they couldn't sell it to another restauranteur who could make a go at it.

                      The food there wasn't the greatest but they seemed to draw a pretty good crowd the atmosphere was cozy.

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                        Curlz RE: briansnat Mar 23, 2013 12:49 PM

                        As I said to a friend yesterday, 99% of the time, nostalgia can't keep the doors open. I haven't set foot in the place in over a decade because the last time I was there I found it so...sad. In food quality, in decor, in service, in clientele... I know a lot of people have a lot of fond memories there, but if they couldn't change (or at least roll) with the times, this seems like it was inevitable.

                      2. jrvedivici RE: bifpocaroba Apr 4, 2013 10:00 AM

                        Wow what a shame had lunch there within the past year.

                        Did I read in that article $200k a year in real estate taxes? That has to be a mistake. lol

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                          creamfinger RE: jrvedivici Apr 4, 2013 11:40 PM

                          If you're shocked that they would be paying $200K a year in real estate taxes, then you clearly don't own a home in West Orange. I'm actually surprised they aren't paying more.

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                          ferventfoodie RE: bifpocaroba Apr 7, 2013 10:17 AM

                          Does anyone know when they're actually closing? Spend most
                          of my time out of the area now but would like to get back for one
                          more mushroom soup. Been going to Pal's for more then 50 yrs.

                          1. Curlz RE: bifpocaroba Jul 7, 2013 10:40 AM

                            For those who are still lamenting the loss of Pal's, I just read this on another site...the Horn Family has partnered with Fairchild's Market in Roseland, where they're offering some of their customer favorites...

                            Dear Friends,

                            We are pleased to announce we have expanded our partnership with Fairchilds Market, located at 171 Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland, beginning Monday, July 8th. A new menu featuring Pals Famous & Original foods will be available everyday at Fairchilds. Favorites such as our Cream of Mushroom Soup, French Onion Soup, Fresh Ground Burgers, Foot-long Frankfurter, Redwood Sandwich, Turkey Gobbler Wrap, Hot Turkey and Roast Beef Sandwiches will be offered along with Fairchilds menu of gourmet salads, creative sandwiches, finely prepared foods, hard-to-find wines and unique gifts.

                            Currently, Fairchilds Market is open for breakfast and lunch daily. With the upcoming addition of Pals expanded menu, dinner service will soon be offered on a limited basis with plans to expand further in the future. Please check our Facebook page and website for updates.

                            We are looking forward to seeing you all and to bringing Pals Famous & Original foods back to the local marketplace!

                            Sincerely yours,
                            The Horn Family

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                              fourunder RE: Curlz Jul 7, 2013 12:04 PM

                              Thanks for the post. I'm not familiar with Fairchild's Market. Is it strictly take-out or is there a sit down area?

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                                PuniceaRana RE: fourunder Jul 7, 2013 04:04 PM

                                Fairchild's has a few tables, but it already gets crowded for lunch before the addition of the Pal's menu items. Until the renovations and expansion are complete, it looks like take out may be your best option. I have heard that the work is supposed to be complete around Labor Day....but as anyone who has ever done a remodeling project can tell you, things never go as quickly as originally planned.

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