SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ –John and Christine Ziminiski have owned Flanagan’s Family Restaurant and Pub for 16 years and want the community to know that isn’t changing anytime soon.

“The rumor that Flanagan’s has been sold is absolutely false. We have not sold and have no intention of doing so. Christine and I are still and will be the owners for a long time,” said John Ziminiski, adding that numerous improvements are currently under way.

“Most recently, repairs were made to the exterior after an accident earlier this year damaged the corner of the building,” he said. “Additionally, in the upcoming weeks, the eatery will be getting a fresh coat of paint, new shutters and new landscaping.”

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Flanagan’s Family Restaurant and Pub first opened its doors in 1984. Back then John Ziminski was the first employee. He spent the next 16 years its chef and in 1990 he and Christine purchased the Plainfield Avenue establishment.

Today, Flanagan’s serves up fresh and affordable homemade dishes seven days a week in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere. There are daily lunch and dinner specials as well as soup of the day, catch of the day, and steak of the day specials along with Sunday through Thursday food and drink specials and an extensive kid’s menu. Flanagan’s also offers live weekend entertainment and a VIP program. 

Flanagan’s also offers various catering options and, most recently, implemented a new Special Party Menu featuring a complete buffet package for parties of 25 or more. For just $20 person, including tax and tip, guests can enjoy an appetizer, chicken dish and a pasta dish accompanied by roasted potatoes and steamed vegetables as well as fresh vegetables and dip, salad, rolls and butter, soda/coffee/tea, and dessert.


“We are available to host private and special occasions – whether it be a birthday, a shower, retirement party, communion, rehearsal dinner, graduation, and any other event,” said Ziminiski. “We are a family restaurant and pub and are available to meet those needs. Here, our goal is for people to come in, enjoy a delicious, homemade meal.”


Flanagan’s also works to give back to the community and donates 25-percent of food purchases every third Wednesday of the month to the South Plainfield Elks Scholarship Fund. Ziminiski also prepares and donates trays of home fries for the Lions Club Easter Breakfast and, during lent, he makes and donates meatless soups to the soup kitchen to the St. Mary’s Dinner Program at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains. Additionally, local sports associations are offers special pricing for their dinners and free use of the establishment for monthly meetings.

Flanagan’s Restaurant and Pub is located at 2501 Plainfield Avenue at the corner of Lake Street (directly across from South Plainfield Borough Hall and the South Plainfield Memorial Library). The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 .m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m.; the pub is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday from 3 to 10 p.m.

For more information, menus and upcoming events, call (908) 757-1818 or visit You can also follow Flanagan’s on Facebook at

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