The iconic NJ Mastoris restaurant has closed

Mastoris Diner & Restaurant, a renowned and sprawling restaurant, bakery, bar and banquet hall in Burlington County that has drawn patrons from across the state, closed, announced its owners on its website and on Facebook on Saturday.

“The decision to close is, in part, due to the impact of the ongoing pandemic on the restaurant industry, as well as a strategic decision by investors in view of the future of the bar / restaurant in its location. current, “according to the social media statement.

Revered for its delicious cinnamon cheese rolls that accompanied every meal, Mastori’s was more than a traditional restaurant. For decades, he organized fundraisers and political meetings before a voting session at the Statehouse in Trenton. Located at the junction of routes 130 and 206 in Bordentown, Mastoris was also a popular choice for family events.

NJ Advance Media writer and food columnist Pete Genovese called Mastoris “the largest restaurant in the state” with over 600 seats. “The welcoming aroma of the restaurant’s distinctive cheese bread – served with every meal – hits you when you walk through the door; a bakery stop is a must on the way out, ”Genovese wrote in 2019.

Mary Mastoris, who died in 2020 at the age of 98, opened Mastoris with her husband, Nicholas, in 1961, according to Tapinto, a news site. The Mastoris family sold the business in 2020 to Foggia Restaurant Group, LLC, a group of local investors, although it remained open, according to the announcement.

“We know this will be difficult news for many community members who viewed Mastoris as more than just their local restaurant; it was a place to get together with friends and neighbors, visit your favorite waiter or bartender, share a meal with loved ones, celebrate life’s great moments or take home a cake for a celebration family, ”says the ad. “Like us, we hope that your memories at Mastoris will bring you much comfort in the days to come.”

member of the assembly John Burzichelli, a Burlington County Democrat, described the facility as once “a popular place for fundraising” and “still a place of warm hospitality where you can always count on a hearty breakfast.”

The restaurant industry in general and diners in particular faced a difficult task before the pandemic, said Burzichelli, former mayor of Paulsboro. Breakfast has always been the domain of the restaurant, but now “they rival everything from McDonald’s to Wawa,” he said. “These iconic diners have seen part of the day taken away from them.”

When the coronavirus struck in March 2020, rallies like political fundraisers, lunches with lobbyists and other outings came to a halt, no doubt contributing to the already difficult business environment, Burzichelli said.

“They are a victim of a changing era,” he added.

A message left with the owners was not returned.

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