Menz statue.

Statue of One-Legged Franklin Menz

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Rio Grande, New Jersey

A cigar-chomping statue of restaurant founder Franklin Menz greets visitors to the button-paved parking lot. At first glance, the missing leg might appear to be a result of vandalism or neglect -- but Menz was sans leg in real life.

Hanging throughout the family restaurant are unique exhibits that are part of the "Menz Museum." They include a stuffed two-headed calf, an albino deer and other exotic animals. The 2-headed calf, born in 1975, lived for ten weeks (some kind of Guiness record they claim, though we'd have to check against the hundred other stuffed 2-headed creatures in US attractions). You'll also find a composite mutant depiction of the Jersey Devil (never alive).

Before he passed away, Mr. Menz used to ride around in a motorized wheelchair giving out lollipops.

Statue of One-Legged Franklin Menz

Menz's Restaurant

Address:
985 Hwy 47 S., Rio Grande, NJ
Directions:
Menz's Restaurant. Garden State Pkwy exit 4A. Hwy 47 west about 1.5 miles. On the south side, where the road curves north, just past Fulling Mill Rd.
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