So it’s with heavy heart that I write this blog and I announce that the home of the “Dirty Jersey Burger”, the Riverside Grill, will be closing its doors in Hillsborough, as of this Friday, June 15 at 8 p.m.
The owners of this family business, John and Alyse Prudente, thanked all of their supporters when they made the announcement via email on Wednesday, June 13.
“We are moving out of the area and will not be seeing anyone anymore,” read a joint email from both owners. “We wish all those we met along the way the very best.”
I, for one, will miss their made-to-order juicy burgers. They had over 25 standard combinations of stacked beef and fixings on their menu! Their thick-cut homemade style fries and sweet shakes that rivaled McDonalds’ by far will be remembered fondly.
“In this economy, it’s tough,” remarked Alyse Prudente, as I interviewed her, while my daughter stood by my side sipping the thick and delicious vanilla shake just made for her, with sadness in her eyes that it would probably be the last one she enjoyed at Riverside Grill.
“We’ve been open for three years total between here and Manville,” said Alyse. The Manville location was flooded during Hurricane Irene, and then Riverside Grill opened in Hillsborough in the former Kmart plaza.
“In April of 2011 we revamped the deli in Manville into a burger joint, and we got flooded in August. From October 2011 until now, we’ve been in Hillsborough,” related Alyse.
In recent months Riverside Grill served up a series of special dinners in effort to introduce people to their restaurant and bring them on board for their “burgers, shakes, and more”. Riverside Grill had a game night where bison, alligator, and frogs’ legs were on the menu. Last month they served up spaetzle, bratwurst, Wiener schnitzel, and other German dishes one evening to spice up their menu. Originally, they had planned to host a Southern food fest on June 30, but because of the closing, that unfortunately will no longer happen.
“We are going to try to auction off assets here,” announced Alyse, with the hopes that entrepreneurs may find what they need for their own ventures. That said, if someone is looking for a business opportunity, both she and her husband, John can still be contacted to discuss things in more detail at the business phone number for a few weeks more: 908-281-0360
At the time that this article was published, the town business advocate, Gene Strupinsky was contacted but was unavailable for immediate comment. Should any additional information about Riverside Grill’s closing become available, I will make my best effort to publish an addendum to this blog, or add to the comments.
As I walked out the Riverside Grill’s doors with my daughter for what will probably be the last time, Alyse was kind enough to pose for a picture, as she said her good-byes and had these final appreciative words to say, “Thank you to our customers for supporting us.”
Thank you, Alyse and John, for giving us the best burgers in town!