The Fireplace and other Paramus NJ restaurants we’ve lost

After 65 years, The Fireplace served up its last burger last week, with hundreds of longtime patrons waiting outside in the summer heat to get one last taste before their favorite burger joint was gone forever.  The Fireplace had outlasted many of its peers — highway diners and ice cream parlors on […]

After 65 years, The Fireplace served up its last burger last week, with hundreds of longtime patrons waiting outside in the summer heat to get one last taste before their favorite burger joint was gone forever. 

The Fireplace had outlasted many of its peers — highway diners and ice cream parlors on Route 17 and Route 4 that live on in the memories of Bergen County residents. 

The Cheshire Cat, Twin Oaks Diner, Pizza Town, Stewart’s Drive-In and Howard Johnson’s are just a few of many that come to mind for Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera. 

LaBarbiera said he “had a chuckle” when people reminiscing about The Fireplace would end their statements with “when we used to go there,” because parents now send their children to a fast-food franchise after a football game, instead of a local burger joint like The Fireplace.

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