Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The Old Heidelberg Restaurant, Hamilton
THE OLD HEIDELBERG RESTAURANT, Hamilton
A place not in the Burg but quite familiar to many Burg
folks in its days.
Opened in 1929 by Mr. and Mrs. Herman Rennert of Bavaria,
Germany, the Old Heidelberg started out as a hot dog
stand on Hamilton Avenue. In the 1930s that part of the
township was known as Sandtown or Oiltown because of the
sandy dirt roads and the many gas stations that lined
Hamilton Avenue. Beachgoers on their way to the Jersey
Shore would stop for a snack while filling the gas tanks
of their cars. Those with leisure time would sit at the
restaurant's one-table dining area. Later, the Rennerts
added a full dining room, a working kitchen and a bar.
In 1960 the Rennerts sold the restaurant to German
immigrants Joe Kobel, Walter Schwartz and Alfred
Kleinman. The trio also ran Old Mill Restaurant in
Spring Lake. Kobel retired in 1978 and the remaining
partners sold the business to Ruhls in 1985.
(Story : Trenton Times, Picture : Tom Glover Site)
Note: artical says Mr Rennert from Bavaria..his WW2
Draft Registration says hes from Bad Salzuflen, a town
in the Lippe district of North Rhine-Westphalia Germany:)