|Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:22 PM
|Issue of October 15, 2014
January 15, 2014 | 09:25 AM
An Elizabeth eatery that opened in 1988 and closed in the fall of last year officially re-opened its doors under new management last week, offering many of the same short-order items and prices that has made it a staple in the community for years.
Ollie's is under the management of Jeremy Clary, who works alongside family members Stony Keith and Valerie and Lanna Clary in the small building along Beech Street across from the Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Dept.'s firehouse.
Jeremy Clary said he got off work one day and decided to visit Ollie's for lunch; however, it was closed.
"I used to eat at Ollie's when I was in school (at South Central), and I missed it. Or, we'd hang out at the four-way and get hungry, but they weren't open," Jeremy said. "The longer hours we have we think are going to work a lot better."
Ollie's is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"We used to come down and hang out at the four-way and didn't have anything to eat because they were only open a few hours a day," Jeremy said. "We're also hoping to catch people leaving or going to basketball games on the weekends."
In addition to a $2 burger, a $2.25 cheeseburger and a $2.50 Ollie Burger, a popular menu item is the $4 Barnyard Burger, which is a beef patty topped with cheese, bacon and egg and then anything else a customer would want. When it's all stacked, it's hard to imagine anyone could eat the sandwich without unhinging their jawbone.
"It's pretty tall, and it's pretty unique," Jeremy said. "It's our best seller, I think."
On Wednesdays, Ollie's offers two Ollie Burgers for $4, and on Fridays the usual $6 fish basket, which comes with fish, fries, hush puppies and slaw, also comes with shrimp. Additionally, Ollie's now offers chicken wings in buffalo sauce, mild sauce or barbecue. As always, the fries — with original Ollie's seasoning — are another signature item.
Beyond that, much of the old menu remains the same: if it can be fried, Ollie's probably offers it, from onion rings and broccoli and jalapeño poppers to fried mushrooms, okra and pickles.
"We also have things we liked on the menu," Keith said.
The phone number — 969-2919 — remains the same.