Botany Village Says Good-Bye to Johnny’s

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The Penkalski’s were only the third owners of the establishment. The original name of the bar was Louis Poles and dated back over 100 years ago before the City of Clifton was incorporated and was known as Acquakanonk.

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much more. Something for everyone at Bargain Prices. Food and DJ fun! Other Market Dates are September 23rd, October 21st, and November 18th. Vendors now being accepted. Reserve your spot by calling Joe at 609-731-5454. Please beware of the No Parking Sings Residents.

Did you know that K-Mart in Botany Plaza will be closing it’s doors for good on September 2nd. Another Botany business that is going to be entering into the History Books and will be missed.

Botany Village is not going to be the same in August when Johnny’s Bar and Grill on the corner of Parker and Ackerman will be closing after being on that corner with their neon signs in the windows for 65 years.

John and Emily Penkalski purchased the Tavern in 1953 and raised their son John there since he was two years old. After the elder John passed away it has been a mother and son operated business always staying true to their roots 

All markets will be held on Sundays 9 am – 4 pm around Sullivan Square and on Lake Ave. in the Heart of Historic Botany Village. Vendors selling New Items, Used Items, Antiques and Vintage Items, Clothes, Jewelry, Plants, Books, Novelty Items and much,  

This Month’s Fair Outdoor Markets is August 19th 

which made the business so successful.

Known for their delicious Homemade Catering all done on the premises and their family style dinners with the never empty platters and reasonable prices Johnny’s ran thousands of parties through the years. Weddings, Showers, Christenings, Corporate Events, Family Reunions and Holiday parties were always a hit and they all came with their own stories and Emily who is now 96 years old remembers every one of them.