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Colonial Cafe in West Deptford Plans Enlargement. Extra Eating and Out of doors Areas

A freshly upgraded new inside greets clients at West Deptford’s Colonial Cafe, and within the works is an enlargement that can convey further distinctive areas with a giant give attention to outside patio experiences.

For many years the Colonial Cafe in West Deptford was a country older native bar with a loyal following, however on the identical time 1000’s of potential clients drove by every day on busy Rt 45, by no means pondering to cease in.

However new possession has been altering issues up at The Colonial, bringing in additional loyal followers… and even larger adjustments are coming!

The Colonial Cafe is positioned on Broad St (Rt 45) only a few blocks North of the Colonial Diner. Preserve scrolling to learn extra, and “Like” them on Fb for the newest!

West Deptford’ Colonial Cafe has seen some inside upgrades the previous couple of years and within the works is an thrilling enlargement mission providing one other eating house, and extra outside options.

Colonial Cafe: Native Household With Robust Cafe Historical past

Three years in the past George Damminger and his spouse Leslie took over possession of the Colonial Cafe, and instantly began upgrading the traditional bar and eating space.

Right this moment the native pub’s inside is a properly enhanced mix of the traditional character that the Colonial had for many years, with new design parts together with upgraded surfaces (flooring, partitions) which convey the house into 2023.

However George (who initially is from close by Brooklawn) is much from executed with the upgrades, as he’s planning an enlargement throughout the prolonged property they personal all the way down to the nook. With the property they plan to supply all new Colonial Cafe experiences!

There are two new constructions deliberate and different outside options, with a key factor being a brand new all-season constructing which is able to help year-round eating and “adult-beveraging”.

The principle new constructing in hotter months will open up considerably to convey the outside in! There’ll even be further bogs within the new constructing!

“The Colonial Shed” is deliberate for the West Deptford Bar. Two new constructions and outside parts together with a patio part and firepits.

To be clear.. the unique Colonial Café constructing, bar and eating areas are staying.

These “Part 2” Colonial Cafe enhancements might be adjoining to the Café’s authentic constructing, and provide bonus areas and experiences for the property,

George can be including parking within the the world, as he owns one other piece of property throughout the road which might be developed right into a parking space.

Learn on for extra in regards to the new upgrades, and what has already been improved on the Colonial Cafe these final 2 years!

In operation since 1934, the Colonial Cafe has been upgraded inside, and much more impactful upgrades are coming. on the adjoining nook lot.

Colonial Cafe Inside Upgrades

I caught up with George yesterday on the Cafe the place I loved a scrumptious lunch, a few chilly beers and nice conversations with George, one among his bartenders Christian and some locals who acknowledged me because the “42Freeway man”.

In chatting with George we linked that his Grandfather and my Father have been each associates and Commanders on the Brooklawn American Legion Publish 72! We shared a couple of Legion tales that we each remembered as youngsters visiting the legion bar with our dad and mom.

Like I mentioned.. the Damminger household could be very native! Properly so is the Matthews household, it appears.

George tells me he has labored on the Colonial Cafe since he was a youngster going again to the early 90s.

When the bar grew to become obtainable on the market, George along with his 28+ years expertise working in all features of the enterprise, jumped on the alternative to change into its new proprietor. He actually felt it was meant to be.

Whereas the unique efforts to take over the bar have been being work on in 2019, the ultimate settlement/switch passed off in early 2020.

Sure, the Dammingers took over the Colonial Cafe simply weeks earlier than the State of New Jersey headed into “lock-down” mode!

The principle bar on the Colonial Cafe! New flooring, paint and wall textures. An thrilling enlargement is deliberate for the native bar.

it undoubtedly wasn’t the perfect timing to begin out as new homeowners of a bar/restaurant… However the Colonial Cafe workforce have been capable of preserve meals going out the door to loyal clients, and the homeowners used a few of that “indoor eating downtime” to improve the bar and restaurant inside areas.

Outdoors, the previous bar constructing on the nook of Route 45 and Colonial seems to be principally the identical however freshened up.

The identical retro indicators are nonetheless there to establish the bar’s important entrance… ya can’t contact iconic signage like that!

Inside, the upgraded inside retains the previous Colonial Café allure, however provides a urban-modern really feel to the house.  An ideal place to hold with associates, catch the sport on TV and even convey the household over for dinner.

Pink Oak Opera Home & Beer Corridor Signal on show contained in the Colonial Cafe in West Deptford NJ

it’s a fragile stability for an area pub to make clients really feel at residence as they cheer for his or her native workforce enjoying on TV, whereas on the identical time others really feel simply as comfy grabbing a chunk to eat within the eating space with the youngsters and Grandma sitting on the desk. The Colonial is that type of place.

All through the inside house new flooring was put in, enticing wall surfaces have been added, and I’m informed that even the kitchen was absolutely upgraded throughout that point when New Jersey was not permitting inside eating.

Upgraded refrigeration and lighting for take-out drinks.

I’ve stopped in a pair instances within the final 12 months or so since George and the household took over, and truthfully each time I’ve visited the place he has had a terrific crowd of individuals within the bar.   It’s clear that the locals love the bar and it’s enhancements, in addition to George and his workers.

If it’s been awhile (or by no means) because you stopped in, while you enter from the principle bar entrance door, you’re strolling proper into the biggest room which is targeted on an oblong bar filling out most of its house.

That is undoubtedly the middle of the Colonial Cafe’s motion, enjoyable and meals… And from that middle house there are two separate seating areas off to the perimeters.

Off to the suitable and up a single step is a tabled eating space, which I’ve been informed at one time a few years in the past was a small native market.

Right this moment it has new flooring, new wall surfaces, and a big display tv on the far finish.

The eating room space at Colonial Cafe has new flooring, portray and extra.

A extremely sensible concept to accent the décor (whereas fixing a storage drawback), was they’ve all the faucets surrounding the higher perimeter of the partitions within the room, in addition to some beer cans seem on show

On the left aspect of the bar is a smaller eating space with excessive high tables and the “To-Go” fridge part.

This part has some attention-grabbing wall surfaces and graphics which proudly proclaim “By no means Voted Better of Something Since 1934″!

Ya gotta love that type of humor!   Makes me wanna cease again and hang around with everybody once more… My type of individuals.

Largely accomplished over the winter, a brand new patio space with firepits has already been added to the property at Colonial Cafe, West Deptford

The Shed at Colonial Café

Which lastly brings me to “The Shed on the Colonial Cafe”. Undecided if that’s the official identify however I that’s what it says on the renderings.

Right this moment, immediately subsequent to the Colonial Cafe bar constructing is a small residence, which then has a aspect yard extending to the nook. All of this property is owned by George and the bar.

Final 12 months throughout some Phillies and Eagles video games they used this outside yard house (which on the time was mainly a garden), arrange a projector, and watched the Phillies evening video games.

Over the winter they added a brand new paver part, with two brick outside hearth pits.

The plans for the bigger upgrades embody two constructions really.

To make room for the brand new building, the small home immediately subsequent to the bar will come down.

The bigger important construction to be developed might be nearer to the bar… however is not going to be linked to the unique Colonial Cafe.

This new constructing might be used 12 months spherical. It can have a major quantity of surrounding doorways and home windows which will be opened up extensively to the skin, giving clients the expertise of sitting in an outside patio. However then closed up tight for the colder New Jersey winter months.

George shared with me the ground plan that they at the moment has for the bigger constructing. I say “at the moment” as a result of the plan remains to be evolving however he’s very near locking in his reply.

As you’d count on, many of the constructing might be a eating space seating perhaps 45-50 individuals.

A really draft-mode constructing plan for the Colonial Bar Shed in West Deptford NJ

There might be new bogs within the again left nook, in addition to an space he expects to have a bar service-area setup… however that may be a key portion of the design that George remains to be fascinated about.

With the power to open up the partitions, in hotter climate the eating house will seamlessly transition into a brand new absolutely outside patio space.

The second construction seems to be extra of a 3-sided constructing which on hotter climate will present safety from the solar and rain, with comfy seating and tables. I must get extra particulars on this constructing… nicely we’ll anticipate the plans to settle in!

As talked about, they’re ending up work on a brand new patio space on the property, together with two firepits.. so the ultimate design and building will provide a wide range of enjoyable settings for visitors together with the upcoming new constructions.

Hyperlinks and Places

Colonial Cafe
1 Colonial Ave & Rt 45
West Deptford, NJ

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