CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY

CENTRAL CAFE
629 Ferry Avenue

629 Ferry Avenue was already bar by the time of Prohibition. The 1918 Camden City Directory shows that Solomon Rosenberg was the proprietor. He remained in business at 629 Ferry through at least 1921. By 1926 Walter Evanuk was the saloonkeeper. He purchased the bar at 400 Jasper Street, and sold 629Ferry Avenue to Michael Brown, who owned, operated, and lived at 629 Ferry Avenue through at least 1931. The bar change hands at least once before World War II, as Eugene Zalewski is listed as the proprietor in the 1940 Camden City Directory. 

The 1947 Camden City Directory shows 629 Ferry Avenue as being owned by Samuel Wasiluk, who owned the Central Cafe. The Central Cafe was originally located at 1057 Central Avenue. When Sam Wasiluk moved to Ferry Avenue, he brought the name Central Cafe with him, and although his bar was on Ferry Avenue, it was known for many years as the Central Cafe. 

Sam Wasiluk came to America from Russian Poland in 1910. By 1920 he was living at 668 Tulip Street and working as a riveter at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard. By 1930 he had moved to 1057 Central Avenue, the corner of Central Avenue and Tioga Street, and was operating a grocery store. When Prohibition was repealed in 1933, Samuel Wasiluk established a bar at 1057 Central Avenue. He had acquired the 629 Ferry Avenue bar by 1946. The 1947 City Directory shows both bars as being called the Central Cafe. The Tioga Street property has been known since the 1950s as the Tioga Tavern. Sam Wasiluk passed away in Rio Grande NJ in January of 1970.

By 1954, the bar at 629 Ferry Avenue was called Cindy's Central Cafe. The 1966 Bell Telephone Directory shows the bar as Payton's Place. At some point in the years after that, the bar was renamed Tee's Cafe

By the early 1990s Tee's Cafe shut its doors. Although the sign remains, today the building is a private residence. 

Tee's Place - 629 Ferry Avenue - February 2003

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