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Meet the Salesmen of Bielat Santore & Company

Earlier in the year, we introduced you to two of our competitive salesmen, Joseph Denker and Robert Gillis. As we have added two more highly-skilled and reputable salesmen to our sales team, David, A. Alvarez and James Gutentag, we thought we’d introduce them in the same fashion. Meet the latest salesmen to join Bielat Santore & Company below along with some personal information they were brave enough to share.

David A. Alvarez

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David A. Alvarez, graduated Cliffside Park High School and studied Business Administration at Ramapo College in Mahwah. He became an entrepreneur with extensive experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. At the young age of 25, Mr. Alvarez co-developed and co-owned the very popular Romanza restaurant in River Vale, New Jersey and sold it for over $2,000,000 within five years. He also founded, owned and operated Banchetto Feast, Nanuet, New York and Banchetto Feast, Westwood, New Jersey.

Early on Mr. Alvarez realized that owning and operating a restaurant was a business and not a hobby. He considers a restaurant owner no different than a music icon. Both stay in business only by constantly changing to satisfy their audiences and to attract new audiences. As a restaurant owner for over 20 years, Mr. Alvarez understands the complexities of the industry. He is familiar with all of the day-to-day operations of running a restaurant including, but not limited to, concept development and implementation, accounting, food costing, payroll and risk management.

Intrigued with the real estate experience he gained developing his own restaurants and negotiating leases with large commercial real estate companies like Simon Properties, Mr. Alvarez decided to obtain his New Jersey State Real Estate license and focus on helping restaurant owners who are looking to sell or buy restaurants. He recently joining Bielat Santore & Company as a real estate agent.

His primary territories for business are Bergen and Passaic counties.

From the salesman…

What are your hobbies?
Indoor and outdoor cycling. In 2015, I took first place riding over 1,500 miles in a four week national competition with over 100,000 riders. It was managed nationally by LIFETIME ATHLETIC.

Favorite food? Music? Band?
Food made with the freshest ingredients; Andrea Bocelli; The Boss, Bruce Springsteen.

What’s something people may not know about you?
In the late 90s, I opened my first restaurant. I worked an average of 100 hours per week for the first two years in business. I ended up in the hospital due to exhaustion and dehydration.

Name one thing that you learned in the business that has been impactful to your success.
Success is measured by the effort.

James “Jimmy” Gutentag

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James “Jimmy” Gutentag’s 40 years in the hospitality industry as well as knowledge of the lay of the land, residing in Northern New Jersey his entire life, provides comfort for his clients while speaking with a fellow restaurateur.

After graduating from American University in Washington D.C. with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Finance, Mr. Gutentag accelerated the success of his family’s owned and operated food business which then transitioned to the opening of an additional retail store. He later became the sole-proprietor of his well-known off-premise catering company, James Caterers and a wholesale manufacturing private label division providing high-quality foods to gourmet markets in the tri-state area.

Before Bielat Santore & Company had the privilege of adding him to their sales team, Mr. Gutentag was managing high-volume banquet facilities as well as consulting to catering venues. Eager to help his customers from the other side of the desk, Mr. Gutentag obtained his New Jersey State Real Estate license and in June 2018, he took on the role of Licensed Real Estate Sales agent at the commercial real estate company.

His primary territories for business are Morris and Essex counties.

From the salesman…

What are your hobbies?
Cooking; Construction Projects/Handyman

Favorite food? Music? Band?
Chicken – Connoisseur of great fried chicken; I enjoy all types of music genres.

  1. Classic Rock from the 70s, 80s and 90s
  2. Jazz
  3. Pop

Springsteen is my favorite.

Name one thing that you learned in the business that has been impactful to your success.
Honesty

Who are your role models? 
My father (Bob Gutentag) for his entrepreneurial accomplishments and guidance; Emeril Lagasse – he uses the phrase “kick it up a notch” that I believe for everything that I do.

Something that people may not know about you…
I started my career as a chef/proprietor of a gourmet high-quality retail food and catering operation. I have an expert palette. I can taste something and duplicate the flavor without a recipe.

Favorite family vacation destination?
Greece and Italy

To contact these salesmen, call the office of Bielat Santore & Company at 732.531.4200. Visit our website for their contact information at www.123bsc.com.


 

Bielat Santore & Company Sells Ray’s Café in Spring Lake, NJ

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For over 25 years, Ray’s Café, Sea Girt, New Jersey has been a mainstay for breakfast-lunch consumers. Several years later, Ray’s opened their second location on Third Avenue in Spring Lake, New Jersey. Thousands of eggs later, planning for retirement and turning down the burners just a bit, Ray Litzinger of Ray’s Café decided to sell his Spring Lake store.

Visit our website at www.123bsc.com for more information on the sale of Ray’s Café and to find out what the new owners have in store for the Spring Lake location.

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Nettie’s House of Spaghetti Starts New Traditions in Tinton Falls, New Jersey

Nettie_3For days, people were dropping in to Nettie’s House of Spaghetti, disappointed to discover that they had to wait until Wednesday, November 28, 2018 for the new Italian eatery’s grand opening. “We’ll be back!” they would say each time in anticipation to see the fresh restaurant that has taken over the long-standing staple, Luigi’s Tavern, which operated at the Asbury Avenue location in Tinton Falls for the past 60 years. New proprietors, Chris and Tania Calabrese aren’t phased by the constant comparisons to the previous neighborhood hangout, only fueling their excitement that so many people are as eager for the launch as they are.

The Calabrese’s have been dreaming of opening up a restaurant together since they met ten years ago while both working at Copper Canyon, a popular tapas and tequila bar featuring Southwestern cuisine in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. Chris was a server, Tania was a hostess and bussed tables during summer and winter breaks from school. Since then, they both continued to strive in the food and beverage business: Tania worked at The Meatball Shop in New York City where she gained experience in finance, human resources and restaurant consulting; Chris followed his passion for cooking, becoming a well-known chef at Asbury Park, New Jersey pizzeria-bar, Porta, before relocating to Jersey City to assist in the opening of its second location in 2011.

With over 30 years of collective experience in the restaurant industry, the dream of opening an eatery of their own never escaped their minds prompting them to finally make it a reality. After considering several locations in Northern New Jersey, they decided to move the operation to Monmouth County, New Jersey near the support of their family and friends to kick things off. It was there that they fell in love with the former Luigi’s Tavern and could not wait to turn it into their own. “We didn’t have anything in place,” said Chris. “Richard (Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, the broker for the sale), brought it to us out of the blue.”

The day Luigi’s Tavern closed its doors on June 15, 2018, the Calabrese’s claimed the keys on the town favorite. “We started planning and implementing the design immediately when we got the green light,” said Tania. The renovation was a huge overhaul for the couple as construction lasted nearly three months. “The opening date was originally scheduled for September,” said Tania. “But it unexpectedly ended up taking us five months to flip.” Although much of the establishment appears to look different for those who are familiar with the original layout, the new owners did try to keep some of the unique elements that visitors enjoyed including some of the booths, chairs and part of the bar area which was repurposed. “We tried to keep what we could,” said Chris. “We like the old school feel of the place. Red sauce kind of joint,” added Tania. “It’s located outside of Asbury Park with its own parking lot, which is a huge thing for us and we love the bar!”

While Tania handles some managerial duties and the front end of the house, Chris is in the kitchen concocting the menu, with his team of 2 other high-level chefs, creating mostly homemade dishes including meatballs, spaghetti, fish, and some vegan and vegetarian options. “I’m a vegetarian so it was a requirement to have some of that on the menu,” said Tania. “We wanted to make sure that there was protein in those dishes and not just pasta and salad only options.” Their staff has been a large part of the creating process as most of their 20 employees are those they knew around the restaurant scene. “We barely did any outside hiring at all,” said Tania. “Either we knew them through the restaurant world or knew them personally. Even our purveyors are our friends.” One reliant staff member whose skills flourish behind the bar is Bar Manager, Craig Stewart who hailed from Porta in Asbury Park. “I’ve had a long-standing relationship with Chris and Tania and we’ve been able to work together and bring in so many people,” said Stewart.

The group got to test the waters at Nettie’s soft opening during the Thanksgiving weekend where friends, family and a small group of locals were invited to dine at the new hotspot. To their surprise, the large crowd reached almost maximum seating capacity each night as word of mouth of the long-awaited opening spread like wildfire. “The area was just in need of a really good Italian restaurant, so people are really excited about it,” said Tania. “Things are going great so far,” said Chris. “We’ll really know when we’re not in a controlled environment and people are just walking in off the streets.”

The duo described the restaurant as a “modern take on old-school Italian,” but admit that the inspiration for its development comes from Chris’s grandmother, Antoinette, whom the restaurant is named after. The name Antoinette means “highly praise worthy” matching the eateries design which embodies a mid-century art-deco vibe as well as the logo of the perfecto sign. “The perfecto sign means, ‘it’s okay’ and stereotypically Italians like to talk with their hands, so the perfecto sign is the closest symbol to resemble that,” explained Tania.

What’s next for the restaurateurs? “Soon we’d like to start serving lunch and offering catering and private parties,” said Tania. “We want to expand, but one thing at a time. Maybe not another Nettie’s but a different restaurant,” said Tania.

Nettie’s is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Sundays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Visit their website to view their complete menu items and daily specials at https://www.nettiesrestaurant.com/. Social media users can also find them on Facebook and Instagram for additional restaurant updates.

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells 60-Year-Old Tavern

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It’s been 60 years since Luigi’s Tavern first opening its doors at 5119 Asbury Avenue in Tinton Falls, Monmouth County, New Jersey. The long-standing bar and restaurant was originally built by Luigi Menditto in 1958-1959 and was known for their cold drinks, delicious thin-crust pizza, warm atmosphere and loyal customers, the establishment soon became a local’s hangout, frequented by the Tinton Falls community who appreciated the memories and the history that the site carried with it over the years. On June 1, 2018, the Menditto’s served their last drinks a the establishment.

Visit our Closed Properties page on our website to find out who took over the former Luigi’s Tavern and more of our sold properties at www.123bsc.com.