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Screen Shot 2021-11-22 at 21.38.47Clancy's Pub, Route 130, Brooklawn, formerly Waynes Log Cabin (CNBNews photo)

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews

BROOKLAWN, NJ--Empire Sports Bar & Grill is coming to Clancy’s Pub property in Brooklawn, NJ., according to Mark Mathews of 42Freeway. The new owner of the property is Derviş Aktürk of the nearby Empire Diner (a.k.a. the Brooklawn Diner) and he will continue to operate both restaurants, offering a different menu and experience in the two very close eateries. 

In January 2021 Peyton and Me noticed the property was listed for sale, the asking price was $459,900. The last time it was sold was in 2005-06 for $200,000. 

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Fantastic opportunity to own/operate a bar/restaurant in the post-pandemic world. This fully functional property seats +/- 150 people inside, plus an outdoor patio for 50+ patrons. Also features an upstairs apartment or owner's office. Located at the signalized intersection at the corner of heavily traveled Rt. 130. Could easily be re-purposed for another user/business or perhaps a candidate for redevelopment. The opportunities for this property are endless!! Owner financing considered. Will also consider leasing property at $5,000/month NNN. LIQUOR LICENSE IS NOT INCLUDED IN SALE, BUT CAN BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY   SALE PRICE $459,900.

For decades this property was the home of Waynes Log Cabin, owned by Tony Villari. What a great guy he was. This was a hangout for many Ironworkers in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area. I remember sitting at the bar with John Gorecki. It is early in the day. Sitting across from us were two big men. Someone said, "Hey Charlie that guy on the other side of the bar was the bum who gave your father a lot of shit last night. Charlie just walked into the bar.  

Before another word was spoken Chalie was on top of the one guy beating the crap out of him. "You gave my 66-year-old father a hard time, you bastard," as he threw one fist after the other hitting him in the face. Charlie was a lot smaller than both of these guys. So Tony, who is in his late 60s and his 80-year-old brother were holding back the other guy from getting involved.

Tony has the guy in a headlock while his older brother was punching the guy in the face. Screen Shot 2021-11-22 at 21.8.20

I said to John,  "What should we do?"  He said, "Don't do anything, just sit and watch."  

A few minutes later those two guys were thrown out the door. Charlie sat down and drank a beer as though nothing happened.   This happened in 1999 or thereabout. After Tony died the property sat empty for many years. 

Charlie was Charlie Bakely Jr., and his father was Charlie Sr. 

The Bakely family grew up in Gloucester City at Market and Burlington Street. Besides Charlie Sr., the family consisted of his brothers George, Jack, and Joe. Sisters Margaret, Marion, Myrtle, and Carol. 

Charlie died on October 18, 2019, at the age of 88. 



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