CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY

PARADISE CAFE
702 South 2nd Street
Southeast Corner of South 2nd & Line Street

702 South 2nd Street was operated as early as 1918 as a tavern by Joseph Vilardo, who, after prohibition was enacted, operated through at least 1921 under a soft drink license, selling near beer over the bar... and most likely like many other Camden of the era whatever else one could get away with alcohol-wise as well. By 1930 Joseph Vilardo had let the bar business and moved to 423 South 4th Street, working then as a Camden police officer. The 1930 US Census discloses that Luigi Cinaglia and his family lived at 702 South 2nd Street, and that he was a saloonkeeper. It is likely that he was running the bar for some time prior to that.

The 1931 Camden City Directory shows the bar being operated by Louis Cinaglia, and a Mrs. Francesca Cinaglia is known to have been the licensee from 1936 through at least 1939. By 1937 the Cinaglia family had purchased the bar at South 4th Street and Chestnut Street, which eventually became known as Pete's Cafe, run by son Peter Cinaglia through at least 1964. The family was still living at 702 South 2nd Street as late as February of 1938.

The 1943 and 1947 Directories list 702 South 2nd Street as the Paradise Cafe, with R.L. Mosley and Theo Wiley as proprietors. An August 1954 news article states Edward Hoff was running the pace at that time. New Jersey Bell Telephone Directories from 1956 through 1974 have the establishment listed as the New Paradise Cafe. The place was not listed in the October 1977 edition, and most likely had been razed by that time.

Camden Courier-Post - January 15, 1938

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Camden Courier-Post - February 2, 1938
MAN GETS 4 MONTHS FOR SALOON ENTRY
Excuse of Breaking in ‘Just to Buy a Drink' Fails to Move Court

John H. Fagen, 34, of Macon, Georgia, was sentenced to four months in county jail yesterday by Judge Clifford A. Baldwin in Special Sessions Court, on charges of breaking and entering a saloon January 17.

Fagen was arrested after Olga Cinaglia, daughter of Peter Cinaglia, proprietor of the saloon, at 702 South Second Street, heard him and wakened her father. The father and a brother caught Fagen after he climbed out a window of the saloon. Fagen told the court he entered the saloon to buy a drink.

George Zimmerman, 33, of 53 Marlton Pike, was sentenced to six months in jail in default of $300 fine as a result of his arrest three weeks ago by state ABC agents who found five gallons of untaxed alcohol in his home.

Earl Bundy, 824 Sycamore Street, and Grant Green, 723 Sycamore Street, were given jail sentences as a result of their arrest in the latter's home. William West, of Second street and Kaighn Avenue, complained to Policeman Earl Wright that he was attacked by Bundy when he went there to buy liquor. Wright found five quarts of illicit liquor in the house.

Judge Baldwin sentenced Bundy to 30 days for assault and battery and three months for the ABC violation. When Green admitted he had the liquor and said Bundy was innocent, Judge Baldwin said:

"Misery loves company, and as long as you are so fond of Bundy you can keep him company in the county jail for two months."

Harold Smith, of Lawnside, arrested by Bayard Sullivan, ABC agent, for operating a still In a vacant house, pleaded that he was ill and subject to "spells." Judge Baldwin sentenced him to a "spell" of six months in the county jail.

Former Recorder William Branch, of Lawnside, was found not guilty of malfeasance in office. On May 15 Jerry Whitledge, also of Lawnside, was arrested on a charge of drunken driving. At a hearing be· fore Branch. Whitledge was sentenced to 30 days or $100 fine. Whitledge appealed and his attorney, William A. E. King, served the appeal papers on Branch. Under the law. Branch should have sent an immediate discharge order to the county jail for Whitledge's release but Branch failed to do so for several days. Because Branch's term has expired and because neither King nor Whitledge appeared to prosecute, the court discharged him.

Line Street Cafe Robbed of Liquors, Money

Theft of $684.34 of liquors at the Paradise Cafe, 2nd and Line Streets was reported Sunday by Edward Hoff, proprietor of the place, to Detectives Walter Zimalong and Nathaniel Jones. 

Hoff said he detected the robbery when he visited the place at 12.30 p.m. He reported an undetermined amount of money was stolen from a juke box and a cigarette machine. 

Police said the thieves apparently entered from an adjoining room through a window on the second floor of the building, disconnected a burglar alarm, made their way downstairs and broke through a door into the taproom. 

Camden
Courier-Post

August 30, 1954

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