Steve Smith checking in with Tony
Greasy Tony’s was a food joint that used to be on Easton Ave. and Somerset Street in New Brunswick, NJ.
During my mid-70’s days at Rutgers College, it was a landmark and frequently frequented.
In 1992, Tony got evicted (“eminent domain”) so the college could put up a new building. Tony moved out to Tempe, Arizona and is still greasing up the insides of all comers.
My buddy Steve Smith (who grew up in New Brunswick and attended Rutgers with me) consumed a good number of Tony creations. Guess where Steve spends the months when his Jersey beach town of Seaside Park is a bit too cold for his wife? Uh huh – he has a place in Arizona.
After Rutgers played in the Insight Bowl in 2005 (Arizona State beat them 45-40), some Rutgers fans in the know headed from the stadium past the ASU campus and to Greasy Tony’s.
It looks like a Greasy Tony’s establishment should look.
Depending on when you got there, you might have seen a limo parked on the side of the building. And there in the outside seating area was James Gandolfini (Rutgers grad) eating a cheesesteak.
A cheesesteak and Tony Soprano out in the desert. Now that is Jersey.
Jersey people are survivors.
[Note: Since this was posted, word has reached me that Tony Giorgianni died in June 2008.]