Coming off the Garden State Parkway, Sun Tavern is the first restaurant – the first place actually – you encounter in Roselle Park, and those who have entered through its doors say it is a great a way to welcome people to town.
At last night’s Mayor & Council meeting, the governing body recognized Sun Tavern for opening their doors and serving customers for a quarter of a century in Roselle Park. Andrew and Kristie McCrone, along with their daughter Skye, were presented a Certificate of Recognition for being a staple in the borough.
More than a restaurant, Sun Tavern is an institution. Ken Duda, Kristie’s father, opened the doors of Sun Tavern Roselle Park 25 years ago. It was previously Charley’s but since 1991, Kristie has lived by the advice her father gave her, “Keep the beer cold, the food hot & tasty and the atmosphere warm and friendly.”
Fifth Ward Councilman Thomas ‘Thos’ Shipley, along with Mayor Carl Hokanson presented the McCrone family with their certificate. Councilman Shipley stated, “In light of your great service and great food and great drink that all of us – I’m sure everyone in this room has gone and enjoyed – I’d like to present you with this certificate honoring your 25 years of business and feeding Roselle Park.”
Andrew offered heartfelt words of appreciation for the recognition. He said, “Roselle Park, it’s a great town. It’s been even greater to us. From the Police Department – you guys – I tip my hat to you to the First Aid Squad, you guys do an excellent job, to the council to the borough offices, how they help us out when we have a problem . . . We can’t thank you enough. It’s our honor to have been here for 25 years. Thank you.”
As Skye joined her family, Andrew pridefully stated to the audience, “Hopefully, 25 years from now you’ll be honoring her for 50 years of Sun Tavern in town.”
Sun Tavern offers many local favorites from fried mushrooms to their signature pizzas to lobster ravioli to prime rib to their drinks. Kristie stated that her goal is to have Sun Tavern offer exceptional food at an affordable price for both friends and families.
Sun Tavern offers the option to eat outside during the warm weather but inside, which was recently remodeled, also makes dining inside an experience. There is an area dedicated to those who want to watch a game while having a drink or two and snacking on appetizers; the other end offers an intimate yet comfortable environment for diners to talk while enjoying old classics and trying new favorites.
Along with their entrees, Sun Tavern has participated in Dining To Donate fundraisers, given to local organizations, and taken part in community events to give back to the community.