HANOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ - Zagursky’s, owned and operated by John and Anne Zagursky’s, located at 43 Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Hanover, was a local bar for the nearby mill workers IN 1945.
During that era, Hanover had a variety of mills, including paper, brick, and a woolen blanket mill, all powered by the Whippany River.
The mills were always operating, therefore, workers had three options for employment schedules; 7 am-3 pm, 3 pm-11 pm, or 11 pm -7 am.
Zagursky’s was more than a building that served drinks. It was a place for mill workers to visit after working long shifts. They found commroderie among other mill workers. It was a place that appreciated dedication and hard working mill employees keeping a small town alive.
At the time, Zagursky’s consisted of a large wooden bar that held either a beer or a shot of various alcohol. A pool table was located in the corner and the smell of hot dogs filled the air.
Time passed and the mills began to close. However, Zagursky’s was still alive and well. Was it the welcoming feeling people got every time they entered? Or was it a place hard working individuals could go and relax and play pool after work?
It didn’t matter what profession you worked in, Zagursky’s meant something different to everyone.
Zagursky’s may have implemented a few changes over the years; however, many aspects of the original neighborhood-gathering place remain unchanged.
A pool table no longer occupies the corner because tables and chairs have filled the space giving people a place to enjoy a variety of televised sporting events.
The smell of hotdogs has been replaced with a variety of menu items, such as burgers, sandwiches, fries, and wings.
People no longer visit Zagursky’s after a long shift at the mill, but they do find themselves there unwinding after a long day’s work, striking up conversations with old friends and meeting new people. You can always count on a current sporting events displayed on one of the various 9 large screen TV’s mounted on the walls.
Almost 70 years later, still family owned and operated, Zagursky’s remains the welcoming neighborhood gathering place people have always known.