OCEAN CITY, NJ (WPVI) — After nearly 70 years in the Jersey Shore business, Ocean City’s popular Italian takeaway sandwich shop Voltacos says this will be its last summer.
“We do this with sadness in our hearts as this life here is the only one we have ever truly known, but we are also happy and optimistic about our future,” the company posted on Facebook.
Voltacos opened in 1954 and has served generations of residents in search of meat-stuffed cheesesteaks, delicious sandwiches and everything in between.
Friday’s announcement came as a shock to many who flock to the legendary store year after year.
“An Ocean City institution!! Voltaco’s and your wonderful food are as much a part of my personal Ocean City experience as the beach and boardwalk,” commented Eric C. Axelson on the Voltacos Facebook page.
“I am devastated!!!! The best cheesesteak I’ve ever had!!!!! Saturday lunch will never be the same,” another person wrote.
There’s still time to stock up on all your favorites. Voltacos says its last day open will be October 9th.
Read the company’s full announcement below:
“Since 1954 Voltacos has been here to serve our customers, locals and tourists alike, the best Italian takeaway on the Jersey Shore. Now in our fourth generation, we’re proud of the business we’ve built and the legacy we’ve left for ourselves. Generations of our customers have passed through our doors, some now with grandchildren of their own Children were when their older family members first brought them We have done our best to approach each order, each day, each season with the best attitude it could be our last because in a business like this there are no guarantees. As each season comes to an end, we always start looking back and reflecting, but also looking ahead and projecting. After much deliberation, we have come to the not-so-easy decision to make 2022 our last financial year. We do so with sadness in our hearts as this life here is the only one we have ever truly known, but we are also happy and optimistic about our future. The life we have been blessed with was created through the hard work, loyalty and dedication of so many, and it is a debt that can never be repaid. We want to say thank you to all of our customers, whether you were a one-time visitor or a die-hard Voltacos loyalist. Every employee, regardless of the time spent, we would also like to thank you. Each and every one of you has impacted our lives in ways we can never express. Thank you all. Thank you to the City of Ocean City for doing everything possible to make this city a place people would flock to, without it our success would have been less. Thanks to our Creator for blessing us with such an amazing experience. We’ve weathered wars, hurricanes, floods, multiple economic recessions, staff shortages, supply shortages, a pandemic, and just about anything else the world can throw at a small family business to stop it. We would be naïve to think that there isn’t some divine intervention at play. We got through all of this and are ending things on our terms. We hope that we have touched your life as so many of you have touched ours. We still have work to do and are expected to conclude our 69th and final season on Sunday 9th October and do business as we have always done, as we have brought it to this point today. Thank you all very much.”
With love,Joe Sr., Vicki, Jeff Sr. and Jeffrey JrThe Taccarino family
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https://6abc.com/ocean-city-nj-voltacos-west-avenue-italian-takeout-ocnj/12191874/ Voltacos, Ocean City’s popular Italian takeout restaurant, will close after nearly 70 years in business