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Menz's Restaurant

985 Hwy 47 S., Rio Grande, NJ
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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Statue of One-Legged Franklin Menz

Fun statue of deceased founder of Menz's Restaurant, Franklin Menz, who used to ride around in a motorized wheelchair giving out lollipops. Refurbished 2017-18. Report...

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Cigar chompin' Franklin Menz and shark buddy.

Statue of One-Legged Franklin Menz

He's back!

[Mary and Scott Lebeau, 08/31/2019]

The statue of Franklin Menz was out for restoration work. Returned to the restaurant missing a leg, which means he's perfect!

Bizarre Santa.

Statue of One-Legged Franklin Menz

Mr Menz is still sitting on an AC unit, but emitting a bad odor like he might be rotting from within. Other fiberglass wonders include the freakiest Santa I've ever seen. Didn't get inside restaurant -- only open for dinner. Look down. Seashell gravel also includes buttons -- lots of them!

[JayBeeYell, 07/14/2013]

Franklin Menz statue.

One-Legged Statue of Franklin Menz

Mr. Menz's rocking chair is in disrepair, and he is now sitting on the air conditioning units on the side of the building. His cigar has also disappeared. It is now just a wire sticking out of his mouth.

Other than that, he is in decent shape.

[Steve Mc, 09/14/2009]

We appreciate the improvised seating -- most businesses would've stored him behind the trash bins.

Franklin Menz statue.

One-legged statue, two-headed calf: Menz's Restaurant

The man who started Menz's Restaraunt looked exactly like the statue! I used to go there as a child. Mr Menz was really cool. He used to personally greet whomever he could at the front desk, and remembered everyone. He always asked me to play piano, even though I stunk at it. He was extremely nice to all the kids he met. We loved to see him and he used to make us all pick taffys from the taffy trees he had around. It is a great place and I recommend it to anyone who wants something to look at while they eat some great food!

[Nicole DiDomizio, 11/08/2004]

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