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Clark White Diamond

Clark White Diamond serving up sliders since 1947

Clark White Diamond

Clark White Diamond

When you think sliders, the first name that comes to your mind may be White Castle. What you may not know is that in New Jersey independent slider joints are alive and well.

The Clark White Diamond is one such place. Without the corporate homogenized feel of a White Castle, the Clark White Diamond feels more like a local diner.

Long time customer Bill Schaffer has been going to the White Diamond since 1948. ”it’s like home. I used to walk here from the grammar school.” “There was no houses so we walked through the woods. Hamburgers were 2 for a quarter. We would walk over here for lunch.” Schaffer likes the White Diamond’s menu because it’s “consistent and it’s good”

Clark White Diamond Slider

Clark White Diamond Slider

Schaffer recalls that Jimmy Cox came to New Jersey from North Carolina. “He came up here and built four or five white diamonds and he would take all the boys from North Carolina that were borderline bad boys. He would give them a job. He would give them a place to live. Great man did a lot of good. They were very good people. Then the Collins family took over and they have been here a long time”

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Roy Rogers Pine Beach, New Jersey

Roy Rogers Pine Beach, NJ

Roy Rogers Pine Beach, NJ

The last freestanding Roy Rogers in New Jersey on US 9 in Pine Beach, NJ

Some Roy Rogers are still open in rest areas on the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway.

Roy Rogers restaurants were founded in 1968 by Marriott Corporation in cooperation with the famous cowboy star.

In 1990 Marriott sold Roy Rogers to Hardees who wanted to eventually convert the chain to their own banner. When initial conversions proved not to be successful they had to be converted back to Roy Rogers.

By the mid-90s Hardees decided to sell off company-owned Roy Rogers stores to Boston Market, Wendy’s and McDonald’s leaving just franchised stores and highway rest stop locations.

Former Roy Rogers East Windsor, NJ

Former Roy Rogers East Windsor, NJ

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