Est. 1992 – "Pride Through Tradition" Family Owned, Family Atmosphere
Great burgers, steaks, seafood, sautés, pasta and much more make this the place for everyone. The Kunisch family continues the tradition started by their great-grandmother at the Allendale Bar & Grill in 1935. The MB&G pride itself on serving four-star meals in a family atmosphere at pub-like prices. Just be warned – most people who stop by once are hooked for life! Bring your family in to meet ours. Lose yourself on our outdoor patio.
The AB&G and the MB&G: A Four-Generation Family Tradition
Way back in 1935, the ALLENDALE BAR & GRILL had its humble beginnings as a neighborhood
tavern located in the old Allendale Hotel. Owned by Mike and Maude “Mom”
Connelly, the establishment even then was known for its good food and generous portions at
bargain prices. Mom, who took care of the kitchen, was known countywide for her generosity
to those down and out. Hoboes and vagrants dropping off the freight trains that rumbled
through town were assured of a meal before passing on. She also established the tradition of
inviting residents in for a free corned beef and cabbage dinner every St. Patrick’s Day – much
appreciated by residents in those Depression years. It’s said that in her day there wasn’t a fire in Allendale
that Mom didn’t attend to provide hot food and drink to the town’s volunteer firefighters. Yankee immortal
Babe Ruth was a frequent visitor.
In 1948 the AB&G relocated to its present site on West Allendale Avenue. Mom and her five daughters
lived in the house next to the tavern. Gradually she turned over more and more of the operation to her
eldest daughter, Marge and her husband Walt Kunisch, who ran the bar operation at night while working
as a printer during the day. Pizza to eat in and “to go” was added to the basic menu. In fact, present owner
and third generation member, Mike Kunisch, learned the restaurant trade literally at his father’s knee by
folding pizza boxes when he was just five years old. In 1975 Mike Kunisch and his wife, Bobbie, assumed
full ownership and control of the AB&G. Anticipating the trend towards moderate drinking and more
wholesome food, they initiated a major renovation and expansion program that transformed the AB&G
into the cheery, country-style restaurant it is today.
In 1992, the Kunisches acquired the MAHWAH BAR & GRILL and celebrated the arrival
of the fourth generation, sons Chris, Craig, Ken, and daughter Katie, to help run the business.
This building was rich in history as well. Formerly a general store and gin mill, it was
a gathering place for the nearby workers of the American Brake Shoe and Foundry and the
Mahwah Ford Plant. It was home to one of the first televisions in town and neighborhood
kids used to gather out front to peer into the windows in hopes of seeing the likes of Mickey
Mantle on TV. Like the AB&G before it, this local pub made the transition to family eatery.
The original tin ceilings as well as one of the oldest bar structures in the state are still in place. A beautiful
sixty seat outdoor patio is a favorite gathering place.
As the years go on, the Kunisch family’s commitment to their guests and the community continues.
Mike and Bobbie engrained many life lessons on their children, none more so than “A restaurant’s success
is measured on it’s impact on the community.” It is with great pride that Chris, Craig, Katie and
Kenny carry this forward. Their prediction: Continued success so long as they never lose track of their
parents teachings and of Ma Connelly’s goal some seventy five years ago of providing good food and
plenty of it and generous drinks at reason prices to her guests!