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Aztec Oceanfront Motel

The matchbook and postcards, showing views from the early 1980s, successfully convey all of the Aztec Motel’s best qualities: luxurious accomodations, adjacent to the famous Casino Pier, the convenience of an onsite restaurant and lounge, private pool, and the beach and Boardwalk right out front. I haven’t personally watched the MTV show Jersey Shore, but I’m told that some members of the cast enjoyed spending time at the Aztec Bar. Click here for the motel’s website and some modern photographs showing the improvements that the new management has made. The motel is now known as the Aztec Ocean Resort. Try the Seaside Crab House on the premises. I’ve eaten there and recommend it!          


Hopson’s Ocean Glow Motel

Matchbook and interior view of  rooms at Corky Hopson’s Ocean Glow Motel on the Boardwalk at Hancock Ave.  An exterior view is included on page 72 of my book.  The Ocean Glow Motel was demolished during spring 2012.      



Lou Bosco’s Bamboo Bar Matchbook

Recently acquired matchbook.  A postcard showing the interior of Lou Bosco’s Bamboo Bar (when it was located on the Boardwalk) was posted on December 4, 2010.

Chatterbox Bar Matchbook

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. 

The Castaway’s Cocktail Bar

The Castaway’s Cocktail Bar on the Boulevard was part of the local bar scene for many years. Click your mouse to enlarge each image.

Castaway's Matchbook Castaway's Bartenders

Joe’s Bar & Grill Matchbooks

Matchbooks provide small, but sometimes important, pieces of historical information. Here, two matchbooks highlighting Joe’s Bar & Grill provide a specific street address and the name of the proprietor. Even the phone number  gives a clue about what years the bar operated. A postcard of the bar’s interior appears in the book. 

Sinn’s Restaurant

I had the chance to say hello to Herman D’Alessandro and his wife Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. The D’Alessandros, former proprietors of Sinn’s Restaurant, were visiting from Florida. Herman and his wife are examples of people who worked tirelessly to make their Seaside Heights business a success. Long hours and hard work… There is a postcard image of Sinn’s Restaurant in the book on page 80, but here is an advertisement from the early 1970s and two matchbooks.