Trying to Answer a Question about a Restaurant on Route 4 from Long Ago
Journeys into River Edge
Was treading a book about the history of the Dairy Restaurant, and I came across a paragraph about a Mrs. Gefen, who with her husband ran a restaurant on Second Avenue from 1965-1972.
Their story is an interesting one for many reasons, but for today I write because of a reference that was made to a place Mr. Gefen worked locally after his arrival in America from Poland in 1950 after World War II but before he and Mrs. Gefen bought the restaurant in NYC in 1963.
“Mr. Gefen found work as a dishwasher in a Jewish-Style diner on Route 4 run by a Hungarian named Weiss – this was his introduction to the restaurant business”.
Anyone have any idea who he is talking about?
My Mom who passed away in 2017 may have spoken about a Weiss’ deli on Route 4, but unfortunately I either did not listen attentively enough or the years may have dimmed any recollection on my part.
To many around our town a diner on Route 4 in that era would have meant Holly’s – with its distinctive neon sign depicting a chicken running to get in a basket. I remember the place- now site of the site of The Coach House Restaurant after an arsonist torched the old place in 1980 - for its ice cream and for the nightly special bus that seduced gamblers to the trotters at Yonkers Raceway.
But as to any Jewish style restaurant on Route 4, I have no clue.
How about you ? Any knowledge about this eatery on Route 4 “back in the day” ?
Finally, speaking of poultry, a Happy Thanksgiving to you and those dear to you….
Photo: Vintage Bergen County; Cleveland Magazine
Book Source: The Dairy Restaurant, Ben Katchor, Schoken, 2020