Here’s why Voltaco’s, the take-out store in Ocean City, plans to close next month after 68 years

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Ocean City, NJ, residents and visitors will have about one more month to get their pizza, subs and platter from Voltaco’s Italian Foods, which announced on social media Friday that it will be closing.

The last day of the always-busy takeout will be October 9, capping 68.

In a statement, the Taccarino family said: “We are ending things on our terms.” His son and operator, Jeff Taccarino, told the Philadelphia Business Journal that his parents, Joseph Sr. and Victoria Taccarino, plan to retire to Florida and he will transition to a job outside of the food industry.

Voltaco’s dates back to 1954, when cousins ​​of the Volte and Taccarino families – hailing from the Italian island of Ischia and the Sorrentine Coast – merged their names and opened the modest shop at 957 West Ave.

“Now in our fourth generation, we are proud of the business we have built and the legacy we have left in the process,” the Taccarino family wrote on Facebook and Instagram.

Few if any visitors to Ocean City haven’t tried Voltaco’s, putting the number on speed dial to break the constant busy signal and remembering the cash-only policy (there’s an ATM at inside).

“The [subs] at Voltaco, with their fresh meats and crispy yet light Jersey Shore rolls, might very well rank among the best in the country,” Inquirer reviewer Craig LaBan wrote in 2005. . Eating the hearty lasagna is like traveling in a red sauce time capsule to 1954.”

Jeff Taccarino, reacting to an outpouring of public support since the announcement, told CBS3, “I know we’re doing the right thing. That makes me sad. But I know how hard it is for the restaurant industry to get that kind of reaction [we] certainly done something right in the last 68 years. The heart of a small business is its employees and its customers. We couldn’t do it without you.

In the social media post, the Taccarinos noted that the family had done their best “to approach every order, every day, every season with our best foot forward, with the mindset that this could be their last. , because in a business like this, there are no guarantees.

The decision to close was “not so easy,” the note said, thanking in part its employees and customers. “We do so with sadness in our hearts, because this life here is the only one we have truly ever known, but we are also happy and optimistic about our future.”

The company had remained “through wars, hurricanes, floods, multiple economic recessions, employee shortages, supply shortages, a pandemic and just about anything the world can throw at a small family business to try to stop it,” the note read. “We’d be naive to think there isn’t some kind of divine intervention at play there.”

Jeff Taccarino said on Instagram that the family will be compiling recipes for a cookbook.

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