Saturday, October 13, 2018
Anybody Remember This Exotic Bit Of Paradise?
Once upon a time there was a tropical paradise in the middle of sprawling suburbia.
It boasted the allure of the islands right alongside a major highway.
It beckoned diners to pull right up (in their Buicks, Oldmobiles, Chevys and an occasional Cadillac) to the land of palms and coconuts. And it all happened in New Jersey.
With Cherry Hill, NJ (formerly Delaware Township) celebrating its 57th anniversary as Cherry Hill, here's a fond look back at one of the alluring landmarks that helped put Cherry Hill on the map.
The Hawaiian Cottage on Route 38 was part Coconut Grove, part Polynesian playground, part banquet hall and part continental restaurant -- a restaurant that even served Italian dishes, including ravioli. Imagine: ravioli under indoor palm trees and alongside a giant pineapple that served as a gift shop.
The Hawaiian Cottage was open from 1938 till 1958 when it was destroyed by fire.
It was never rebuilt.
The is no evidence of this iconic edifice on Route 38 now. Instead, you will find an assisted living facility.
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