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Charcoal Grill

There is no absolute certainty when the Palace snack bar first opened at the corner of Kingsley Street and Lake Avenue. Gladys Vanderhoef Combs, the niece of Augustus M. Williams (who owned the Palace from the 1920s to 1938) told the Asbury Park Press (Sept. 5, 1986) that the snack bar was among the improvements brought about by her uncle. At the time, she said, the snack bar sold hotdogs and sauerkraut, hamburgers, ice cream cones, candy, cigarettes and cigars. In the early 1940s, the snack bar was known as Mrs. Dís. Eventually the name was changed to The Charcoal Grill and the snack bar remained in operation for more than 50 years with a menu that changed little over the decades. From the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s, the Charcoal Grill was run as an independent business, co-owned by Jack Ruda and Charlie Weismann. Ruda eventually bought out Weismann's share of the partnership, and continued to operate the grill through the late 1970s; his son Dan (now of Charlotte, NC) recalls spending summers working there with other siblings. Here, courtesy of Palace assistant manager Brian Maher, is the menu on the final day of The Charcoal Grill.

Hotdog Regular $1.50
Hotdog Jumbo $2.25
Hamburger $1.95
Cheeseburger $2.25
French Fries $1.00
French Fries Large $1.25
Pizza Slice $1.00
Whole Pizza $6.95
Nachos $1.00
Cotton Candy $1.00 (This came in Red and Blue)
Pretzels $0.65
Small Popcorn $0.70
Large Popcorn $0.90
Chicken Sandwich $2.25
Good Humor Ice Cream Bars (10 Varieties Summer Months Only)

Soda, 4 Varieties, Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta Root Beer
Fruit Punch
  Small $0.80
  Large $1.10

Slush Puppies (5 Varieties, Blue Raspberry, Cherry, Orange, Grape, Lemon Lime)
  Small $0.65
  Medium $0.80
  Large $1.25

All Tax Included