It's not uncommon nowadays to hear about restaurant closings, and it really is sad.

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Whether it be from costs of inflation to a lack of employees to keep the place running, I feel like I'm seeing more and more places close for good.

A very popular Italian restaurant in Long Branch is getting ready to close, but it's not due to inflation, a staffing shortage, or any of the typical reasons we see nowadays.

I'm not going to lie, it's not often you see a restaurant close like this and it's impressive.

The restaurant has been kind of a staple in Long Branch since it opened in the 1940s, before that the building was home to a barber shop, according to APP.

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash
Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Even when the pandemic hit, this place was able to keep its doors open by coming up with a quick way to get its food to customers via take-out.

So, What Popular Italian Restaurant In Long Branch, NJ Is Closing?

You'll have some time to stop in for one last bite, but on December 18th it looks like Tuzzios Italian Kitchen will be closing up shop, according to APP.

Owner Joe Tuzzio said that after fifty years of running the kitchen it's just time to spend more time with his family.

Photo Credit: Google Maps
Photo Credit: Google Maps

Why Is Tuzzios Italian Kitchen Closing?

Tuzzios owner Joe Tuzzio said that it's just time.

After fifty years of running the popular Italian restaurant, he's looking forward to spending some more time with his family.

It's not often you see that in the restaurant business, and I think it's pretty remarkable.

What Will Replace Tuzzios In Long Branch, NJ?

At this time APP, and Joe Tuzzio reports that they aren't wholly sure what will become of the restaurant.

The building and liquor license were both sold and will be finalized come January.

Photo by Robert Linder on Unsplash
Photo by Robert Linder on Unsplash

Rumor has it the building may become residential, but nothing's been confirmed.

Fortunately, Tuzzio was able to maintain the rights to his brand and recipes, so that leaves the possibility open for future partnerships and pop-up kitchens.

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