The Elks are a fraternal organization founded in 1868, although the organization had previously existed under the…More name of Jolly Corks. The first lodge was formed in New York City.
The local lodge is focused on Maplewood and Irvington as well as South Orange and hosts a pancake breakfast every second Sunday of the month. Other fundraising events include a golf outing in July and a pig roast in September.
Funds go toward sponsoring handicapped children at Elks Camp Moore, giving scholarships, and donating to charities like the Our Lady of Sorrows food pantry.
The Elks have a house on Prospect Street with a parking lot at the back. They have a meeting every other Monday. The bar is open to members on Monday and Friday nights.
The Exalted Ruler is James F. Walsh, Jr.; the secretary is Robert Donnelly. There are about 190 members.
Bunny's is a family-run business that was started over 80 years ago. The space was being used as a candy store when…More current owner Leslie Pogany's grandmother opened the restaurant and took out the first liquor license in South Orange after the end of Prohibition.
It's a family-oriented restaurant (with sizable crowds after youth soccer games and for Our Lady of Sorrows night on Tuesdays), but there's also a robust bar and Happy Hour scene. Take your pick from booths, bar or the tables. In the summer, you can sit in the garden.
Happy hour is from 4pm to 5pm; there's free pizza and specials on pitchers of beer. Come watch one of the 18 TV's, every sporting game is usually on one.
There's a side room that can accommodate private parties of 25 to 30. Delivery is available daily from 4pm to 9pm.