Bollinger's Preps for Weekend Reopening

Restaurant that closed 2 months ago returns with new co-owner, menu changes.

is primed to return this weekend, with its grand opening Saturday followed by a ribbon-cutting on Sunday.

Owner Joe Tonelli cited financial reasons when he closed the restaurant at 282 Main St.

But with new co-owner Mary Bulone, who said she "couldn't bear to let one of my favorite restaurants go down without a fight," the restaurant is ready for another go.

"We know that just a fresh coat of paint won't do, which is why we have made many changes," she said. "Not only have we tweaked the menu to better suit our clientele, but we have hired many new faces and have put them through an extensive training program to ensure superior customer satisfaction."

Bulone said several local dignitaries are due at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Sunday.

The restaurant will operate Sundays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until midnight.It will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner service.

The old-fashioned ice cream parlor dates back to the 1900's, when it opened as Von Leesen's. Fred Bollinger took over and renamed it more than a decade ago before retiring in October 2010 and selling it to Tonelli.

Rosemarie Stauber April 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Best of luck on your business reopening. Try to remember the many constructive ideas previously posted by customers on Patch in order to help keep your business going. One idea shared by many was the use of coupons - they could be made available on your website (do you have one?), in the Fdale Observer, and/or on Fdale Patch.
mary bulone April 27, 2012 at 01:10 PM
We have a website which is under construction (bollingersfdale.com) where we will offer specials and coupons we are also offerring coupons in the local pennysaver as well the Farmingdale Observer. If you you dont bring a coupon no worries just ask for a manager and we will honor the posted coupon.
Maggie April 27, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Lots of luck! I've been bringing my grandchildren (now teens), in their whole life, and I love using that time to "catch up" with them over dinner and dessert. Of course, it holds many memories for me since I went there as a kid myself back in the early '60's for an egg cream and to "look for boys". Ah, the times have changed but the memories , old and new, are just as precious.
MJR April 27, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Good luck! I hope this time things are better. I will be stopping by this weekend for lunch with the family.
Robnoxious April 28, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Wondering if you thought about giving kids an ice cream cone for a good report card? Will only help get people in the door. Best of luck, glad to see you reopened.
Maria April 29, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Good Luck and can't wait to stop in for some lunch and of course, ICE CREAM!
Pam Robinson (Editor) April 29, 2012 at 09:36 PM
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