Terry Gonzalez is the managing principal for the Lobby Restaurant, Lounge and Sports Bar in Elizabeth, NJ. Terry started working in the restaurant industry when he was sixteen years of age as a busboy. He saw a future in the business so he sought opportunities with a number of reputable venues. In 2013, Terry was approached with an offer he couldn’t refuse. Eddy G. Productions was impressed with his work and offered him a managing partner position at the Lobby. After 3 years in business, the Lobby has quickly become a staple in the community, attracting thousands of people for its food and festive parties. FriendsEAT was fortunate to get an interview with Terry about their food, concept and business philosophy at the restaurant.
FriendsEAT: Tell us a little something about your restaurant.
Terry: The Lobby is best known for its rich and authentic Latin-American cuisine, serving a wide variety of tasty delicious foods late into the night. The Lobby’s rich menu is sizzling with appetizing meals, ready to satisfy any and all taste buds! Located 25 minutes from New York City, guests don’t have to travel far to enjoy the best of both worlds in a beautiful Manhattan-like setting.
If you’re looking for a night out with your friends, the Lobby is where you can “Eat, Chill, and Play,” all under one roof! Grab your dancing shoes and bring your partner for a night of unforgettable memories.
FE: What makes you stand out above the rest?
Terry: The Lobby literally has something for everyone to enjoy. The experience starts in the heart of Elizabeth’s tourism district where customers can enjoy indoor and outdoor dining. The venue offers a large dining area with 30+ TV’s, a tropical outdoor oasis, a designated pool area for game lovers, and an upstairs penthouse for private and public parties. If you’re looking for it, the Lobby most likely offers it.
FE: Are there any Awards you have received? Any you’re particularly proud of?
Terry: Best Restaurant Ambassador by the Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization
FE: What is your restaurant philosophy? Is there something that everyone strives for with each action taken at your restaurant?
Terry: The Lobby strives to create an ambiance for everyone to enjoy. In less than three years, the Lobby has become a premier venue in New Jersey, attracting celebrity performers to high level elected officials. The goal is to offer customers a place to “Eat, Chill, and Play.”
FE: What is your most popular dish? Why do people love it?
Terry: The Lobby’s most popular dish is the Colombian Churrasco. Customers love the tasty blend of chimichurri and avocado salad over a steak that is grilled to perfection.
FE: And what is the one cocktail your bartender loves to make?
Terry: One cocktail our bartender’s love to make is the Pineapple Coconut Mojito, not only is it delicious, but it goes beyond a regular mojito. Customers rave about its unique and refreshing taste.
FE: Do you offer any deals such as happy hour specials, brunches, etc?
Terry: Our Happy Hour is Monday- Tuesday, 3pm- close; Wednesday – Friday, 3pm – 7pm. The Lobby’s happy hour specials are $3 domestic draft beers, $4 house drinks, $2 shots, and a selection of appetizers for $5.99. The Lobby offers brunch specials Saturday and Sundays from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. They also offer weekly lunch specials which include one meal and one draft beer/house wine for $9.95. And that’s not all! The restaurant’s weekly lineup of events are as follows: Monday nights are industry nights. Restaurant workers can burn off some steam during their happy hour on Monday nights; Tuesday night Karaoke, including $5 Long island ice teas; Wednesday nights Wine Down Wednesday, including $5 select wine glasses & $20 fishbowls.
The Lobby Restaurant, Lounge & Sports Bar is located at 821 Spring Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201
Nearby Landmarks: Airport Hotel Inn & Suites, Crowne Plaza Newark Airport, Arrow Truck Sales, and Wine Cellars
Phone Number: (908) 469-8088
Hours of Operation:
- Sun – Wed 11:00AM – 02:00AM
- Thu, Fri and Sat 11:00AM – 03:00AM
Dining Style: Casual dining with table and bar service
Cuisine Type: Latin-American
Dress Code: Casual
Price Range: $30 and under
Payment Options: Cash, AMEX, MasterCard, and Visa
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