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Old 10-26-2008, 08:33 PM
 
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Does anyone recall or remember Club Anthony (aka Choo Choo Club)?

Passaic St. across from corner of Midland Ave (1 way section) and Passaic St. next to the RR tracks/trestle? Near the Garfield train stop. An empty lot sits there now.

Supposedly IIRC the club was in its prime in the mid-late 70s and then ended in early-mid 80s?

Anyone recall or any recollections?
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Old 12-24-2009, 05:09 PM
 
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I recall it well. In 1969, I was a member of a band called the Uncharted Bus. We played at the Choo Choo Club. Playing there was a pain, because the stage was behind the bar and we had to lift our equipment over the bar to set up. But I have fond memories of the place, overall.
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Old 03-27-2010, 09:33 AM
 
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i lived in garfield late 50's early 60's never went to choo choo club but my sister did, she knew dave and eddie brigatti aka the young rascals thats where they started
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Old 04-10-2010, 12:39 PM
 
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I too grew up in Garfield, off Shaw St on Madeline Ave. I think the place closed in the early 1970's
If you go to facebook.com group you know your from Garfield...here's the link [url=http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=75399991857&ref=ts]Welcome to Facebook[/url]. there is a picture of Edddie on stage at the Choo-Choo as well as a picture of a match book. the phone # on the match book is PR 9-9573. Cool to remember
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:55 PM
 
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The Choo Choo Club featured Muzzy and the Axcents.
A local girl brought me there in the early 70"s and the first performances I saw them do was the Italian March Down Broadway and the "Prizefight"
They were a classic.
I also caught the last performance when Muzzy announced the band was splitting.
I still remember fondly the Garfield girl and the Club.
A great memory and a time gone bye.
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:18 AM
 
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I am the original owner and operator of the Choo Choo Club,originated from a local tavern called Jimmy's bar and grill after two major structural renovations I created on of north jersey's popular nite club"HOME OF THE RASCALs" and more.I sold th club to a bartender J.F. who ran it for a short time and sold it to A.F. Who changed the name to ClUB ANTHONY which was his 1st mistake,Anthony F. Operated it for a short time until someone left a lit cigarette burning after closing and the club was totally destroyed,it was very painful for me as I got a call only to rush down to see my pride of a club up in flames.

Sal Bonura
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:48 AM
 
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Does anyone recall or remember Club Anthony (aka Choo Choo Club)?

Passaic St. across from corner of Midland Ave (1 way section) and Passaic St. next to the RR tracks/trestle? Near the Garfield train stop. An empty lot sits there now.

Supposedly IIRC the club was in its prime in the mid-late 70s and then ended in early-mid 80s?

Anyone recall or any recollections?
The place was in its prime from 1963-1971 FACT!!!!! Way before it was changed to Club Anthony
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Old 08-17-2014, 12:49 AM
 
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Sal my brother Gabe tended bar at the Choo Choo some as well as the Riverboat but mainly he worked at Jimmy Kulik's place Jimmy's Lounge.
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:19 AM
 
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Please do not confuse the Choo Choo Chub with Club Anthony there was no affiliation.
I originated and operated the CCC in 1961.I sold it to a bartender and family who worked for me,he operated it for a short period (two years) and sold it to Anthony F 1973 who changed the name to Club Anthony which was his 1st mistake,the CCC had a state wide reputation of the best entertainment for years and operated under strict policies.The RASCALS can verify this as The Pigeons(VANILLA FUDGE),JJOEY DEE & STARLIGHTERS and countless of others,not to mention the ten years of Oldie groups on Tuesdays.you name the Oldie group they passed thru th CCC .

P.S. Don't have Club Anthony confused wit the Bergen County hot spot the CHOO CHOO 1961-1973

Thank You,

Sal Bonura
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:48 AM
 
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Default Owner /operator CCC 1961-1973

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I recall it well. In 1969, I was a member of a band called the Uncharted Bus. We played at the Choo Choo Club. Playing there was a pain, because the stage was behind the bar and we had to lift our equipment over the bar to set up. But I have fond memories of the place, overall.
You lucky U got to Play ther let alone lifting the equiptment over the bar,You have any Idea how many B3 Hammond organs where lifted over that bar no big deal if you where organized group with good help.
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