Cinelli’s Country House – Cherry Hill, New Jersey

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For more than 80 years, Cinelli’s Country House restaurant was a Cherry Hill, New Jersey landmark. Originally opened in 1909 by Julio Cinelli as a restaurant and bar in a farmhouse on a 7 acre plot of land, the restaurant was a family affair. Julio’s wife was the cook. The restaurant was known for its 25 cent bowl of spaghetti and 10 cent beers. The service was exquisite and the restaurant was a popular sport among locals.

In 1942, Thomas Sr., Julio’s son, took over control of the restaurant after Julio retired. Thomas Sr. and his wife Olga continued to bring fine service and a fine meal. The restaurant was going well and then the Garden State Racetrack opened nearby and Cinelli’s was busier than ever.


Courier-Post – December 19, 1949

The restaurant continued to be a popular spot for locals throughout the next 30 years.


Courier-Post – October 6, 1950

In 1979, Julio’s grandson and Thomas Sr.’s son Thomas, Jr. took over control of the restaurant. By the mid-1980s the restaurant had hit hard times. Changing tastes and and aging building, along with poor business decision lead to Cinelli’s declaring bankruptcy and closing its doors in 1986. The building was torn down a short later.

Peter Pan Motel – East Rutherford, New Jersey

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The Peter Pan Motel, located at 1 Rutherford Plaza on Route 3 in East Rutherford, New Jersey was a fairly simple motel with a pretty great sign. Advertising itself as the last motel before New York City, the motel offered buses to the city and tours of the area. It appears to have opened in the mid-late 1950s.


4 miles West of the Lincoln Tunnel, gateway to Midtown New York on Route 3. East Rutherford, N.J. 2 miles West of NJ Turnpike Exit No. 17. 5 miles east of Garden State Parkway Exit 152. AAA Approved. A Superior Motel.
Each beautiful unit equipped with TV, radio, full tile baths, room controlled heat and air-conditioning. 10 minutes from Motel by bus to the heart of New York City. All NYC tours available at motel.

Apparently the Peter Pan motel was not very safe. Robberies seemed to be a common occurrence.

The Courier-News, September 3 1964

Peter Pan survived on visitors to the Meadowlands sports complex for quite a while. They were open most of, it not all of the 1980s. I think it closed in the early 1990s.

The motel was town down in the early 2000s. There is a Hilton and an office complex at the site now.