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Panache Nightclub – Your Host Jerry Rotonda

It’s just a matchbook for some people, but Panache invokes many personal memories for me.  The club was located on the east side of the Boulevard at the corner of Franklin Avenue.  I celebrated my 21st birthday at the club with Brian Hoffnagle, Johnny Lastella, George Shenewolf and our “girls of summer.”  After I had entered the club hundreds of times for several years before I was able to drink legally, the then owner of Panache breathed a sigh of relief and helped us celebrate with a bottle of Korbel champagne on the house.  Jerry Rotonda – noted in this matchbook as the club’s host – left Panache and would go on to successfully open or manage many restaurants and clubs at the Jersey Shore.  Jerry is still local and recently joined my network of Facebook friends. 
 

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