Less than a month ago a new “burger” place opened in town and was an instant success. The restaurant, Rock’n the Grill was opened by Glen Rock residents Paul and Jennifer Apostolopoulos.
Paul has been in the restaurant business all of his life following his family opening up one of the first of the 4 diners, called the American Dream, in Delaware. Paul then continued to open up restaurants and food trucks. He ran the food truck at the Paterson Home Depot before it got closed due to COVID. When the former Dunkin’ Donut location became available, Jennifer and Paul thought it would be a perfect time to open a new grill with a hint of their Greek heritage.
When asked why open up in Glen Rock, Paul stated, “ We moved here 1 1/2 years ago and this is the type of town I like and grew up in. I just like my hometown USA”
One of the things he loves is how Glen Rock welcomes people with open arms. For example, he came to do work and in 2 hours he got 1 1/2 hours of conversation done and 1/2 hour of work done.
Once Rock’n the Grill opened they jumped feet first into supporting local businesses, schools, teams, and the borough. Many examples of this can be seen including giving discount cards to anyone that supports the GRHS Relay for Life car wash on May 13th, buying a full-page ad in the GR Pops booklet to support the 4th of July parade, and much more.
Their menu features breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a vegan and gluten-free menu. In addition, they specialize in burgers, wings, and platters. They have an extensive menu as well as a children’s menu.
Please note, handicap accessible through the rear entrance!
Throughout social media, you read praises of residents that have fallen in love with this place.
Pat Zengel, “The owners, Jennifer and Paul, are extremely friendly. Anything you order comes in extremely generous portions. They are a welcome addition to our downtown.”
Resident Christine Parlamis stated on Facebook, “Had a delicious lunch at Rock’n the Grill. Owners Paul and Jen are local Rockers. Great menu and food .. with Greek options to boot (yay!). A welcome addition to the town!”
On a personal note, a huge thank you to them for staying open 10 minutes extra so I could pick up a late dinner after my daughter’s Synchro swim practice and my poll worker retraining.
They are having their official ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 7th at 3:30 pm with Mayor Kristine Morieko, who is addicted to their milkshakes.
The festivities start at 2 pm:
- Fee Italian ice starting at 2 pm
- Face painting for children from 2 pm to 4 pm.
- Ribbon Cutting at 3:30 pm
Visit their website at https://www.rocknthegrill.com/ for their full menu.
Photo credits to: Pat Zengel