Long Branch’s Tuzzio’s Restaurant is closing in late 2022


There is a remarkable quote that says, “All good things must come to an end.”

I don’t know why that’s true, but that’s exactly the case at Tuzzio’s Restaurant in Long Branch, NJ. After serving the community so efficiently and enthusiastically for over 55 years, Tuzzio’s will close its doors forever at the end of this year in 2022.

The property has been sold to developers who plan to build more homes in the ever-growing town of Long Branch.

Walking into Tuzzio’s was like walking into a friend’s grandmother’s house. The smell of world-class sauce, garlic and pizza wafting off the walls over those 55 years would bring a smile to your face, knowing a great old-school Italian meal was about to be served.

The decor was stuck from the late 70’s and early 80’s, but that didn’t matter as it was always a place of comfort. I knew the bartenders, the waiters, Debbie who runs the office and of course Joe Tuzzio the owner who has been with the restaurant for almost all of his 55 years. He retained the recipes that made him successful, much to the delight of the many regulars who would enjoy his food.

This is where I brought my family and friends from out of town and after a long day I enjoyed sitting at the bar with a glass of wine and enjoying a great meal.

One of the many reasons I have supported Tuzzios is because of Joe Tuzzio’s unwavering support of local charities and those in need. He heard me on the radio talking about a family or organization that needed help, and without my asking, he turned up with enough food to feed an army. He did this often and more times than people knew. He’s my friend and I’m proud of his success and run.

Now it’s time to enjoy his life with his beautiful wife and he will split his time between Jersey and Florida.

Good luck Joe and your excellent staff. I will miss going to your restaurant but will cherish the many enjoyable times I had at your legendary restaurant. Thanks for all the great food and your friendship. Be proud of your success.

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 weekend host Big Joe Henry. All opinions expressed are those of Big Joe.

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