Chris Manzo and his brother Albie Manzo are hoping to follow in their father and uncle’s footsteps and add to the family restaurant business. The brothers opened Little Town three-years-ago, but then opted to move the restaurant to a more social atmosphere, opening an Ainsworth Hoboken franchise in the original location while relocating Little Town to another section of Hoboken. After renovations, the Manzo’d With Children stars have re-opened Little Town… just while the Bravo cameras are rolling, of course – and everything is going great!
“The opening was a blast!” Chris shares. “We had a packed house and everyone had a great time. Anyone willing to take a night out of their busy schedules to celebrate the grand opening with us is a special guest, so yes, there were plenty of them.”
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Boasting a new menu and a new decor in a hipper environment, the Hoboken restaurant still retains its cozy-family vibe according to Chris.
“It’s a very social atmosphere. A huge bar with really comfortable stools, I can seriously sit there all day,” Chris says of the atmosphere. “We also have some community tables. We really want it to be a place where people can meet new people and enjoy each other’s company.”
Chris also praises the restaurants new chef who is “crazy creative and there are a lot of items that are very new to Hoboken” he tells The Dish. The new-Little Town menu will stray from the classics and instead focus on more ethnic fare like Kimchee Buns and seasonal pickled vegetables. “It’s a seriously diverse menu,” Chris explains.
Chris admits they’re a little apprehensive about how their previous customers will react to the changes. “Little Town regulars will certainly feel like it’s different. But the real regulars will see a lot of familiar faces and will enjoy the same electric atmosphere as the old Little Town had.”
Well congratulations Albie and Chris on your latest restaurant success. Ham game for all!
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