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Pal's Cabin closing

Sad...putting a CVS there.

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      1. re: MarlboroMan

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

        1. re: omni_vorous_boris

          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.

    1. 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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      1. re: Jerzeegirl

        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...

        1. re: coldbeer

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

          1. re: Jerzeegirl

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

      2. Better than another bank...

        1. 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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          1. re: bropaul

            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.

            1. re: flourgirl

              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.

          2. 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.

            1. 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. 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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                1. re: ambrose

                  Thank you for posting this. Very good story.

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


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

                    1. 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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                      1. re: briansnat

                        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. 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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                        1. re: jrvedivici

                          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.

                        2. 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. 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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                            1. re: Curlz

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

                              1. re: fourunder

                                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.