Hell, has the pandemic always been mean to the restaurant industry in New Jersey.
Far from being the only tragedy, the chain of Charlie Brown’s took a hell of a blow. Before the virus arrived, there were 14 sites here. Then there was only one. This Scotch Plains restaurant has remained open and is the last in the Garden State.
Even before the COVID-19 virus shut down businesses, Charlie Brown’s footprint had shrunk. The first one opened in 1966. By 1997 there were 22 well-loved restaurants across New Jersey. They filed for bankruptcy in 2010, 44 years after their debut and after having changed owners several times.
My mom and step dad loved this place. Like so many others. The steakhouse was known for its prime rib and salad bar.
If you’re one of those missing out on this place and are in (or near) Gloucester County, good news. Charlie Brown’s in Woodbury is back!
An exact date has not been chosen, but at some point during the first quarter of the New Year, the building at 111 North Broad St. comes back to life as a Charlie Brown’s.
Mayor Peg Sickel made the announcement in a December newsletter, writing:
“The empty building on Broad Street was a grim reminder to our residents of the loss of one of our beloved restaurants. Residents of Woodbury would contact the owners on their website to tell their own stories of special events that took place within these walls.
She also wrote that there were a lot of renovations going on, including flooring, bathroom upgrades, signage, and more.
Mom will be happy.
The views expressed in the above post are those of Jeff Deminski, host of the New Jersey 101.5 talk show.
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