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When Carl and Gloria LaGrassa decided to buy a rundown shot-and-beer joint in north-central New Jersey in 2003, their ultimate goal was to create a restaurant to reflect their passion for food and wine. Co-director of operations Brian Hider, was hired by the LaGrassas from the beginning to help them achieve their vision. Now, six years after it opened its doors in April 2005, The Pluckemin Inn, located just off Route 78 about an hour's drive west of Manhattan, boasts a wine list of 5,300 selections backed by an inventory of 50,000 bottles.
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