Do You Remember…The Wild Scallion (Leonardo, NJ)

Unlike the other restaurants profiled in “Do You Remember…”, it is hard not to “remember” Leonardo’s Wild Scallion. Even though they have been closed for what seems like more than 15 years, the sign still remains. I have vague memories of eating there as a small child. I could not have been more than 10 years old, but I can recall some of the interior but not the food I would have eaten. It was known for seafood, but knowing me at that age, I probably went with a burger or sandwich of some kind. As a kid, I loved the name of this place (and still do).

People who go back even further to this area may remember The Lobsterman which operated successfully for decades at the same location. Judging by the appearance, the Wild Scallion appears to have used the same building, just renovated. Both of these businesses had largely successful runs, but the property has sat vacant and for sale since the Wild Scallion’s closing. The location is in a no man’s land of sorts: easily accessible on Route 36, but not close enough to the beach or area attractions to be profitable in this day and age. About two years ago, rumors circulated that an Italian restaurant was going to open in its place, but that quickly died down. Whether the stories were not credible or a possible buyer backed out is unknown, but they cannot be blamed for the decision if so.

Wawa thrives right next door, but so do all Wawa’s. Between driving down Routes 35 and 36 in this area, there are no shortage of failed businesses, especially restaurants. Many of these locations have sat vacant for years. Steak & Ale was in the same boat, but was recently demolished and there are plans to develop multiple businesses on the property. Who else has memories of the Wild Scallion or Lobsterman? We’d love to hear them.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Gary Corbet says:

    I ate lunch at the Lobsterman with friends every Friday from 1977 til around 1992. Lots of great memories. Problem with the location now is since Wawa come along there is only about 10 or 12 parking spaces for the restaurant.

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    1. So parking for Lobsterman/Wild Scallion was once situated on what is now Wawa’s property? I’m too young to remember that!

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