May 7th, 2015 marked the three year anniversary of Hotel Victor Bar and Grill. Hotel Victor was established in 1916 by the Rivara family. They celebrated providing a free happy hour and buffet with delicious appetizers and cocktails. The business is currently listed by our very own Vera Gengaro.
Prior to becoming Hotel Victor, it was formerly known as the Hudson Cafe. Victor was Mr. Rivara’s son who he named the hotel and bar after. The hotel was built to accommodate ship workers traveling from Europe to the shipyards. The rooms were small with little amenities.
The Rivara family now owns two establishments in New Jersey – The Glenrock inn and Rivara’s steakhouse in Fairlawn. During the 1920’s the basement was a Speak Easy during prohibition. The archways in the basement also acted as betting windows. The Hotel Victor sign went up in 1935 with pink neon, which still stands today.