The History of the Cloverleaf Tavern
Nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of Bloomfield Avenue lies the Cloverleaf Tavern, a well-established staple in Caldwell, New Jersey. It is currently the oldest business in town. George Dorchak Jr. founded the Cloverleaf Tavern in 1933. George was 23 years old when he borrowed money from his uncle to purchase the first liquor license in Caldwell after prohibition. The building at the time consisted of two stores: a vegetable stand and a bakery. The bakery was called The Bake Shop with a shamrock as it's logo. This is where George got the idea for the name of his Tavern.
In 1940, George made an election bet that won him a ride down Bloomfield Ave in a wheelbarrow. That's right! The gentleman pictured below holding the wheelbarrow (who remains unidentified today) lost the bet. Click on the link below to watch this amazing video of George being pushed from the "flats" of Caldwell to Central Avenue.
Our menu consists of American cuisine suited for a family-casual dining atmosphere. We are famous for our mouth-watering 24oz shell steak, fresh beer battered fish-n-chips, and our juicy 7oz hamburgers. The Cloverleaf Tavern has something for everyone! Seniors enjoy 10% discounts all-day, kids enjoy balloons and magic on Wednesdays for 6pm-9pm. We serve a complete line of alcoholic beverages as well. Glancing through the bar area, its easy to become lost among the 24 beers on tap and the selection of over 65 bottled beers! The Cloverleaf Tavern has gained a reputation for quality products, friendly environments to relax in and WOW! Customer service - all of which was accomplished by hard work and dedication as a team!
The restaurant earned a Reader's Choice Award from New Jersey Monthly for the "Best Lunch in Northern New Jersey" and earned an additional award of "The Best Inexpensive Restaurant in Northern New Jersey". In addition, an award for "Culinary Excellence" was given to the Tavern at Great Chef's Night, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fairfield, New Jersey.
Cloverleaf Tavern proudly sponsors the Caldwell Street Fair as a Platinum Sponsor Annually
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