Chick-fil-A could replace iconic N.J. restaurant that closed last year

Another Chick-fil-A may be coming to New Jersey, and it would replace a now-shuttered restaurant that was a Route 17 landmark in Paramus.

The Paramus Borough Planning Board will vote next month on the construction of a Chick-fil-A in the space formerly occupied by The Fireplace, a beloved and iconic restaurant that closed last year after 65 years.

If approved, the fast-food spot would be built at 718 Route 17, according to As owners of the building and property, The Fireplace would lease it to Chick-fil-A, the report said.

This would be the third Chick-fil-A in Paramus. The town currently has locations at Garden State Plaza and Paramus Park Mall.

The Fireplace had been a staple in the community, a landmark nestled in Paramus between the turnoffs for Oradell and Ridgewood. It was popular for its burgers and fries, dating back to its 1956 opening.

The eatery shuttered last year after falling victim to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on business.

Chick-fil-A currently operates 56 locations throughout the state and over 2,700 nationwide.


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