Sauce and Loaded getting ready

Sauce and Loaded, a new bar and grill, will soon be coming to Princeton at the former Long John Silver's location.

PRINCETON — The permitting process is done, now the physical work on a new restaurant at the old Long John Silver’s location at the Princeton Shopping Center begins.

Owner Matt Friedman said Wednesday, “The owner of the Long John Silver’s building stopped by to get a meal at the ‘Shark Shack’ last summer and brought up the idea of us leasing the building and developing it for a new restaurant.”

The physical work on the remodeling started recently after Friedman had his request approved by officials from the city including the Zoning Board of Appeals.

“The name of the restaurant/bar and grill is ‘Sauced and Loaded’. It’ll be the first such business in Mercer County that isn’t located at Exit 9,” he said

Despite the name, which is a pun on several levels, the restaurant isn’t a barbecue place strictly, he added.

“We’ll offer wings, chicken tenders and ribs with at least 15 different sauces, plus steaks, burgers, Philly subs and seafood,” he commented.

Friedman added,”We hope to be the place where you can watch sports including football on Sundays, have a few drinks or have dinner with the family. We hope to be a business which creates local jobs.”

The business will join other businesses owned by Friedman including Wolfman Tattoos, the Shark Shack, Hats & More and the Manor Market.

The business is expected at present to be open between Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

Jeff DiSibbio, President and Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce for the Two Virginias, said,”It’s always great to have a business which creates more choices for customers and more jobs for people as well as additional tax revenues for our governments.”

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist at the Princeton Times. Contact him at

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