End of an era: Iconic Hoboken eatery closes after 88 years

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From a working-class port city to an upscale commuter haven – fewer places in New Jersey have changed as much in the last 50 years as Hoboken.

And now another end to an era – a restaurant known as the last remnant of “old Hoboken” has closed its doors after 88 years in business.

Founded by Henry Schnackenberg at the height of the Great Depression, Schnackenberg’s was famous for home-cooked meals, homemade chocolates, egg creams and the working-class people who manned both sides of the lunch counter. The restaurant was long run by Henry Schnackenberg’s daughter and other family members.

Local restaurateurs Joyce and Eugene Flinn bought the place in 2012, spruced it up and tried to breathe new life into it.

But Joyce told News 12 New Jersey that running Schnackenberg’s was a “labor of love” and amid a changing Hoboken, it became a financial drain. And so Schnackenberg’s closed its doors this week.

The restaurant, located at 1110 Washington St., will now become a build-your-own salad place named Alfalfa.

The Flinns say that they have one piece of advice for the people of New Jersey – shop at local mom-and-pop stores before they all close down.

A documentary about the restaurant was filmed in 1989 and can be seen at the Hoboken Historical Museum’s website.

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