Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Club Bene'

The Club Bene' would be celebrating it's 64 th year anniversary this year. It was one of the best clubs in new jersey. The building is still there, it is now silent. The sound of great music no longer heard . I would like to tell the story of the great Club Bene' and how it started in the year 1946 on april 1st, april fools day. It was a tiny two story building, simply a corner bar. A family man decided to buy it for his family at the time his wife and son. He had dreams , this was the start of that dream. The Forties were good and bad times, the war had just ended a few years ago. Men had just come back from the war. World War 2. Families were trying to get back to normal, many of these families were hoping to build a future for themselves and their family. They were the good old days. Imagine this , a man who saw this little bar being the future for his family. This was not a corporation, this was the generation where they learned as they went along. There were no books on how to accomplish what you saw happening down the road. Just your ideas. Imagine a little corner bar turn into an national know club, who would ever had thought that would happen , or if it was possible. The dreams. Selling beer and pizza. Working 16 hours a day , seven days a week. Just depending on your self and your three brothers and your father.

1 comment:

  1. My first paying job out of N.Y. was at Club Bene as was John Travolta's. I am sorry to hear it is gone. If the names of all the actors that performed there were to be published, I would bet more than a few well know names would pop up. More that that, it was a place for young talent to stretch their wings and put on some very good shows. I will hold in fond memory.
    Michael Maurice, Director of Acting at the Motion Picture Institute, MI