On November 5th, 2014 owners Tony Leonardo, Danielle Leonardo, and their partners along with Hudson County Freeholder; Bill O’Dea, Newly -elected Bayonne Freeholder Ken Kopacz, Freeholder Anthony Romano, Jersey City Councilman Khemraj “Chico” Ramchal and other dignitaries and friends celebrated the “Ribbon Cutting” of Hudson County’s Newest restaurant Smokin’ Barrel.
The brainchild of a group of business-partners Robert Kakov, Nirav Patel, Richard Gaetor and Anthony and Danielle Leonard fills a void on Willow Avenue in Hoboken and serves authentic Texas BBQ.
HOBOKEN CHEESE STEAK KING IN NEW DIGS AT OLD CLAMBROTH HOUSE
By Sally Deering
Back in the day when I was a cub reporter at a local Hoboken weekly, the publisher would woo the crew to work on Saturday’s with one promise: Free takeout from Biggie’s. And it worked. Work would come to a screeching halt when our takeout orders arrived in a cardboard box packed with Biggie’s Cheese Steak subs, tender strips of beef under a thick slab of gooey melted provolone cheese smothered in smoky, fried onions encased in a long sub roll.
Biggie’s has been a Hoboken tradition since 1946 when Joseph “Biggie” Yaccarino sold clams from a pushcart to the longshoremen who imbibed in the bars along the waterfront. He eventually opened Biggie’s on Madison Street and the business has been family-owned and operated ever since. In 2010, Biggie’s opened another location in Carlstadt on Rt. 17 and in 2011, just a few months before taking over the Clam Broth House; the family opened a Biggie’s in Tennessee.