Johnny Pepperoni – Now Open!

SEE FIRST REVIEW OF JOHNNY PEPPERONI HERE.

Johnny Pepperoni – 219 11th Street – (201)850-1533

Hoboken’s newest restaurant Johnny Pepperoni is now open.

Right now, the do not have delivery (coming soon), nor do they sell individual slices of pizza. But you’re welcome to BYOB and enjoy their food indoors or out.

See Johnny Pepperoni Menu here.

Johnny Pepperoni in Hoboken NJ almost done!

5/27/2011:

Another quick update for Johnny Pepperoni Pizza & Italian Restaurant at 11th & Park Ave. While May probably won’t see a grand opening, June definitely will!

They’re practically done – and will likely have a quiet friends & family test in the next week or so, and will possibly open a week or two after. Keep in mind that the owners will also be placing emphasis on the many other fine Italian dishes besides pizza, and may not sell by the slice (at least in the beginning). Seating capacity is at around 60 for the inside, and 60 or so for outdoor seating. And yes, it’s a BYOB restaurant – which is excellent!

One thing they told me they’re not going to do – is officially open on a busy night near a weekend. So it’ll probably be a slow ramp-up to full service operation.

Johnny Pepperoni should open this month

May 4, 2011:

Finally got what I hope is a definitive time-frame for the new Johnny Pepperoni Pizza restaurant to open at 11th & Park.

The interior is shaping up, and workers on scene this week said “two to three weeks.” So, with any luck – we’ll be enjoying some tasty pizza before June!

3/15/2011 Update:

Johnny Pepperoni Pizza may be opening soon!

The build progress over at the upcoming Johnny Pepperoni Pizza place at 11th & Park has been rather slow since the last update back in August 2010.

However, “signs of life” have been injected into the new restaurant – and it seems like they’re getting close to wrapping up the interior – and even began painting what one would assume is their new logo on the eastern side of the establishment.

Hopefully they’ll open up soon – like this month?

PS – will eventually retire this thread (which also contains the old Ted & Jo’s info) and create a fresh entry once Johnny Pepperoni officially opens.

8/2/2010 Update:

Starting to look like a pizzeria!

The old Ted & Jo’s location at 11th and Park is finally seeing some progress. Last I heard, this spot was being taken over by the owners of LUA and City Bistro – and one proposed name was “Johnny Pepperoni.” Not 100% certain if all those details are intact – but it definitely looks like the Hoboken pizza landscape is improving (with Dozzino Pizza also coming soon at 6th and Adams).

Will there be any “pizza fatalities” once two new choices are available? If so – who’d be the first victim?

4/8/2010 Update:

Johnny Pepperoni finally taking shape in Hoboken?

Things change so fast in this town – you never know what will really “stick.” The restaurant space at the old Ted & Jo’s location at 11th and Park has been vacant for quite a while – and even though the update from five months ago pointed towards the owners of City Bistro and LUA taking over the joint – not much had been happening – Real Estate signs still up, etc. Supposedly now work has picked up again.

Last I heard – they were going to name the place “Johnny Pepperoni” – which was one of the nicknames that co-owner John Avoletta had while working his way into the restaurant industry.

We’ll see what pans (hahah) out.

11/30/2009 Update:

More delicious pizza for Hoboken?

Rumor has it that the owners of City Bistro and LUA have decided to take over the old Ted & Jo’s location which closed more than a year and a half ago – to open up a new Pizza Parlor (sans liquor license) sometime in early 2010.

If this holds up – how do you feel about that?

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See original Ted & Jo’s entry below…

3/20/2008:

I might have had my last burger at Ted & Jo’s last night.

In an apparent rent increase that was too much to handle, the beloved corner restaurant at 11th & Park will supposedly be closing it’s doors next Wednesday, March 26th.

If this holds true, you might want to get down there for your last meal and pint before they’re gone forever. I’m surprised that a successful and well-established restaurant is forced to close. Maybe the landlord will change their mind? Can an organized boycott of whatever replaces T&J’s change things?

Regardless, you can always head down to Zack’s for similar food.

4/12/2006:

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Corner Restaurant & Bar

Description – Casual Restaurant & Bar serving American cuisine. Entrée price range $6-$16.
Services –
Restaurant & Bar Address – 219 11th St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-4323
Telephone – (201) 222-6670

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After a long busy day with zero food or drink, Ted & Jo's seemed to be a great choice for some quick grub.

At approximately 5:30 on a Sunday afternoon, the bar was quite busy (perhaps because The Masters was on TV). We were able to snag a small table along the wall. Perfect.

Being a resident of Hoboken for over 9 years, this certainly wasn't close to being my first time, but it had been over 6 months since I dined there.

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Ordered the standard beers, one Guiness and a Coors Light Draft (which I gag just thinking about, but it wasn't me.)

Observation: I really cannot stand when they're cheap with the glass sizes, ESPECIALLY for a Guiness. A Guiness should ALWAYS be served in a 20oz. Imperial Pint glass.. not this skimpy 14.9 oz "I'm pretending to be a pint" glass. Bullshit.

I've always thought the food was pretty above-average there, but I just went with the tried and true bacon cheeseburger (medium-rare). While the bacon was limp (must have been nuked), the quality of the ground beef is exceptional. Not the best in Hoboken, but very close. The fries have remained consistent and still taste light, fluffy on the inside, with just the right amount of crisp.

Observation: I really think the waitress we had (she's been there for awhile) is a doll, but she forgot: Water from the beginning, and condiments when the entrees arrived (and 14 minutes after as well). I wish she was a bit more on the ball. I'll give her another shot, because she's cute.

My friend ordered the balsamic chicken with tomato and mozzarella. That was delicious.

Other than cheap alcohol portions pissing me off, we had a great meal as always.

I'd consider Ted & Jo's a reliable staple in Hoboken, and would never hesitate to continue my patronage. Good job overall!

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179 Responses

  1. matt_72 says:

    Sarcasm is lost on me when I am hungover and just rolling into work.

  2. Hobo91 says:

    They took out the beautiful old bar as well. Good luck trying to rent that space…

  3. Sidd Finch says:

    Count me in as the first person NOT to go to that place. Long live T&J

  4. am78 says:

    I had always heard that Ted & Joes had to close because the landlord wanted to raise their rent from something like 8k/month to over 20k/month. Guessing the 0k/month they’ve received over the last year and a half changed their minds? Otherwise, how can a pizza place survive with rent like that?

    • pawzclawz says:

      If it is taken over by the owners of City Bistro and Lua. I’m sure they will have no problem with the rent. IMHO City Bistro and Lua’s are both extremely overrated. I’m not sure how the pizza would be. In the uptown area we already have. 1.Molfetta’s=awful
      2.Uptown Pizza=great
      3.Napoli’s=hit or miss

      In response to am78 who said:

      I had always heard that Ted & Joes had to close because the landlord wanted to raise their rent from something like 8k/month to over 20k/month. Guessing the 0k/month they’ve received over the last year and a half changed their minds? Otherwise, how can a pizza place survive with rent like that?

  5. Silva says:

    This will be the second time those guys bought Gerry’s spot. The other was City Bistro. :)

    • pawzclawz says:

      Interesting. I didn’t know that. What was it before it was City Bistro? I don’t remember. Anyone else know?

      In response to Silva who said:

      This will be the second time those guys bought Gerry’s spot. The other was City Bistro. :)

  6. Evelyn says:

    Oh I can’t wait for an exciting new pizza shop to open!

  7. Elpis says:

    Seriously? So many different options could have improved this town and we get more (most likely sub-par) pizza. Thank goodness for the Pancake House–at least there’s one original coming soon…

  8. plywood says:

    Maybe recession rent rates? Based on a rent of $20K / month, and a gross profit of say $10 per pizza, a pizzeria would have to sell their first 67 pies every calendar day just to cover rent. Does not compute. Maybe a little more competition would help wake the existing pizza places to such concepts as “customer service” and “consistency”.

  9. BklynHobo says:

    Why Pizza!?! Doesn’t anyone have any original thoughts anymore!?

    • plywood says:

      I think Hoboken retail / restaurant scene is like Broadway shows – the start-up dollars are so big, the margins small and the failure rate high, so the investors are looking for a sure thing, a tried and true formula. It’s too bad, but the experimental or non-mainstream restaurants (and stage shows to continue the analogy) have to go where the rents are low so they can afford to eke out an existence until their formula is right (or at least not be on the hook for a big investment if the venture tanks).

      In response to BklynHobo who said:

      Why Pizza!?! Doesn’t anyone have any original thoughts anymore!?

      • whineanddineinhob says:

        I disagree. I think it’s more like Coney Island.

        In response to plywood who said:

        I think Hoboken retail / restaurant scene is like Broadway shows – the start-up dollars are so big, the margins small and the failure rate high, so the investors are looking for a sure thing, a tried and true formula. It’s too bad, but the experimental or non-mainstream restaurants (and stage shows to continue the analogy) have to go where the rents are low so they can afford to eke out an existence until their formula is right (or at least not be on the hook for a big investment if the venture tanks).

  10. nbm3 says:

    I really hope this place doesn’t become a pizza spot.

    • Evelyn says:

      I say bring it on! Everyone I’ve told is fired up about this becoming a decent uptown pizza place. We’re sick of waiting for Grimaldi’s. Also, if it’s BYOB – we will be there all the time!

      nimby, what’s your reasoning for hoping it doesn’t become pizza? That’s a horribly useless comment best kept to yourself. Are you angry at capitalism?

      In response to nbm3 who said:

      I really hope this place doesn’t become a pizza spot.

      • HomeTeam says:

        I guess Napolis is too far of a walk for you?

        In response to Evelyn who said:

        I say bring it on! Everyone I’ve told is fired up about this becoming a decent uptown pizza place. We’re sick of waiting for Grimaldi’s. Also, if it’s BYOB – we will be there all the time!

        nimby, what’s your reasoning for hoping it doesn’t become pizza? That’s a horribly useless comment best kept to yourself. Are you angry at capitalism?

      • pawzclawz says:

        I don’t think being angry at capitalism has anything to do with it. There are three pizzerias uptown alone. I think we were all just hoping for a little diversity.

        In response to HomeTeam who said:

        I guess Napolis is too far of a walk for you?

      • NorthKrissy says:

        Totally agree, Evelyn. And to everyone else, it’s not about diversity (there are actually four places uptown if you count Rosarios), but rather quality and locale. Uptown is good,but small and takeout only most of the time, Molfetta is crap, Napolis is overpriced for what you get, although the meatballs are pretty good.

        A corner pizza place in a quieter section of the neighborhood is just what the doctor ordered.

        Imagine eating there on a nice sprint day? Trees for shade, and less buses and traffic make it perfect.

        In response to Evelyn who said:

        I say bring it on! Everyone I’ve told is fired up about this becoming a decent uptown pizza place. We’re sick of waiting for Grimaldi’s. Also, if it’s BYOB – we will be there all the time!

        nimby, what’s your reasoning for hoping it doesn’t become pizza? That’s a horribly useless comment best kept to yourself. Are you angry at capitalism?

  11. 9 says:

    I actually hope it remains empty for years because the landlord is a douche who deserves it.

  12. plywood says:

    How about a upscale pizza place with soft serve ice cream where you can look at real estate listings and meet with a broker while getting your nails done and dropping off your dry cleaning?

    • 9 says:

      LOL! Well done! I hope this place does well if it does, indeed, open (although if it’s on the Five Guys/7-11 schedule, you will not see a slice until 2012). My hostility is toward the landlord for being the cause of the demise of my favorite bar.

      In response to plywood who said:

      How about a upscale pizza place with soft serve ice cream where you can look at real estate listings and meet with a broker while getting your nails done and dropping off your dry cleaning?

  13. xyzpdq says:

    I just urped up some of my lunch after seeing the gaudy tilejob. Did Johnny Pepperoni hire the same guy who designed the Xanadu Meadowlands complex for his interior? What a shame. Oh, what have they done to my beloved Ted and Jo’s?

  14. whineanddineinhob says:

    Any idea where their chef is being flown in from?

  15. homeworld says:

    It’s funny that their sign says “Since 2010″ and it’s currently 2011 and they’re not open yet.

  16. HOB424 says:

    any word on the opening? Passed by, it looks nice inside.

  17. jm100603 says:

    place looks really nice

  18. Silva says:

    You think the landlord is kicking himself over not giving Ted + Jo’s a fair lease? If this guy’s rent is anywhere near what he was asking for before, this place will last a year. You know how many pizzas you have to sell for it to make a profit????

    • homeboken says:

      Unfortunately agree, if they have a lease similar to the Ted & Joe’s offer, then they are doomed. The price-points on their menu are reasonable and not going to cover the fixed cost component in their business. [quote comment=”207928″]You think the landlord is kicking himself over not giving Ted + Jo’s a fair lease? If this guy’s rent is anywhere near what he was asking for before, this place will last a year. You know how many pizzas you have to sell for it to make a profit????[/quote]

    • Jeffy says:

      Because they’re BYOB, there goes the high-profit liquor markup. But in summer months looks like they have over 100 seats, and are open for lunch and dinner. If they get good reviews and can turn the tables five times a day, I think they’ll be making a fairly hefty profit.[quote comment=”207928″]You think the landlord is kicking himself over not giving Ted + Jo’s a fair lease? If this guy’s rent is anywhere near what he was asking for before, this place will last a year. You know how many pizzas you have to sell for it to make a profit????[/quote]

      • Silva says:

        What about the money they put into the place for the renovation? They have to get that back before they see a profit. [quote comment=”207931″]Because they’re BYOB, there goes the high-profit liquor markup. But in summer months looks like they have over 100 seats, and are open for lunch and dinner. If they get good reviews and can turn the tables five times a day, I think they’ll be making a fairly hefty profit.[/quote]

  19. new2hoboken says:

    looks like they lost some of that historic charm in the reno…

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