Albert Manzo has been involved in the industry from the age of 14, when he first started as fry boy at a fast food restaurant called Wild Bills. "My father opened a small Italian restaurant in 1976 when the economy was bad and interest rates were 18% so it was all hands on deck as they say," he says. Right after school he had to get to the restaurant and help in every way he could: dishwasher to sous chef, then on the floor and then bartender. "My father accepted a offer to sell and he went back into general contracting. I joined a small company that bought the rights to open Wendy's restaurants in most north Jersey counties," Manzo says. After several months of trainings and store openings, his father purchased a catering hall a block from their first home. "However, it was 1979 and the place was long past its prime struggling making about $500k annually. The place had tons of issues: bad infrastructure, bad food, inadequate heat and AC. So we decided to focus on food and make the place popular and well known for the best fooâ€”not the fanciest place. After 10 years of growth and success we decided to begin a long overdue series of major renovations. Everything from the front to the back was renovated torn down or replaced over a 10 year period. By 1990 we were not only the place with a reputation for the best food but a very beautiful facility with gorgeous ballrooms and even a amazing glass conservatory. Before long we became the busiest facility in north jersey grossing 17 million (not bad from 500k) Since that time we have expanded our operation to include a growing and successful off site division."
The Brownstone is currently a top rated Wedding facility and the company is proud to host many functions for any occasion: Bar Bat Mitzvah, anniversary, birthdays, engagements, and political events, as well as a major fundraising vehicle for the entire NY/NJ tri state area.