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Owner of Former Clams Casino to Open GW Grill on Hudson Terrace

The Boys are Back in Town: the owner of the iconic Clams Casino and his business partner are opening a new American-style restaurant on Hudson Terrace.

If you came of age in a certain time in Fort Lee, you can't forget Clams Casino. And if you can't forget Clams Casino, then you can't forget Donald Sposa, the owner of Clams. Well, he's back. And this time he's brought Joe Kerr with him.

Fort Lee's own dynamic duo--Donald Beena Sposa and his business partner Joe Kerr--are opening the GW Grill on Hudson Terrace inside the site that once housed the old Tom Swifts.

"I always wanted to come back to Fort Lee," Sposa told Patch. "Joe and I were just looking for the right location--and here it is, in one of the greatest spots in Fort Lee."

The GW Grill, with its amazing view of the George Washington Bridge, will offer American-style food, along with brick oven pizza. "Comfort food," as Sposa emphasizes.

For Clams Casino alumni, this bi-level restaurant will also offer a full bar with a fireplace on the lower level, and al fresco dining during the warmer months.

"Our plan was to open St. Patrick's Day," Sposa said. However, they are not sure that they will be able to meet that deadline.

"If we don't open on St. Patrick's Day, we'll open sometime in late March or early April," Sposa said.

To quote a great song, "The Boys are Back in Town."

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Thomas A Bennett January 23, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Congrats guys, I am sure the new place will be great. I do wish you the very best of luck with this new venture.
Tom Meyers January 23, 2013 at 02:57 PM
All the best guys! If you want to use any images to pt up in your new place from the famed Fort Lee Riviera NIghtclub which was very close to your spot let us know and we can make images available to you of the Riviera and such stars performing there as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, sammy Davis Jr etc. All from our archive at the Fort Lee Historical Society / Fort Lee Museum - just shoot me an email at ftleefilm@aol.com. We also have great images of the GWB under construction from the Fort Lee side.
Robyn Nadel January 23, 2013 at 03:28 PM
hallelujah!! I remember Clams Casino well. Sounds like a great spot. It's one of the best ideas for Fort Lee in a long time!! Looking forward to sharing many times with you. :)
Joe Falcon January 23, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Good Luck Donald! I need a romantic table for "Valentine's Day"! In the afternoon. I don't go out at nite anymore.
June Kerr Keelen January 23, 2013 at 04:52 PM
So excited for my brother Joe and Donald!!!! Wishing them all the very best and much success!!!!!
Marge Teilhaber January 23, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Very nice!! Lots of luck!!
Steve Pumilia January 23, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Welcome back Donald and good luck to you both on your business venture.
maryann January 23, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Good Luck Donald, I grew up with you in Eng Cliffs and new your parents well. This is fabulous news for Fort Lee a town no longer known for its restaurants. Maryann
Jim January 23, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Can we hope for a bike rack outside the new place?
norma roig January 23, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Looking forward to this new restaurant perfect Location. Best of luck to you both!
Denise Pergola January 24, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Denise I always knew in my heart that you would be back in Fort Lee. Welcome back Donld, and good luck to the both of you.
susan a January 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM
can anyone tell me where Clam Casino was located? thanks
jimmy February 10, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Hello Donald, Congratulations and Good Luck on your New Place!!! Best Regards Jimmy Chalas
jimmy February 10, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Keep in touch !!! https://www.facebook.com/jimmy.c.dimitrios
danton oneill February 13, 2013 at 01:01 AM
I can't wait for opening day! I will be there with bells on! Lol
susan boni February 17, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Donald,congrats to u guys.looking forward to seeing you again,I am still here after 35 years,remember me,Susan from Frames of Mine,remember Spike??? see u soon,r you doing delivery?stop in I'm at 100 Main Street,never could leave Fort Lee myself!!!!
Charlene Alpher March 15, 2013 at 09:08 PM
So nice to have an new American restaurant open in this area. I was a big fan of "clams" My mom also loved it there. Can't wait. Best of luck guys !
G.W. Grill March 16, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Hi Jimmy. Great to hear from you after all these years. If you are ever in the neighborhood please stop in and see me. We will open sometime in late April/early May. Hope all is well. Donald Sposa
G.W. Grill March 16, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Hi Susan. So nice to hear from you. Definitely remember Spike! We will be doing deliveries eventually, after we are up and running a few months. Hope to see you soon! Donald Sposa
G.W. Grill March 16, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Yes...we will be installing a bike rack in front of the restaurant. Thank you for inquiring.
Irit March 22, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Hi Donald, You may not remember me, Irit Kaplan, but we went to High School together. I would like to see your place. When is it opening? Also, if you need help, I was a waitress for 20 yrs. and know everything there is to know about the Restaurant Business. Good Luck!
peter marketos May 05, 2013 at 05:29 PM
hey guys, good luck with your new venture. Nice article but how can they have all the Clams Casino references and not mention The Saloon???? See you soon? Pete Marketos


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