TOMS RIVER, NJ – After 30 years of success, Tony Rivoli decided to part ways with his beloved “Rivoli’s” restaurant on Fischer Boulevard in Toms River. Nowadays, Rivoli’s lives on in spirit at Rivoli’s Grill and Chill in Howell and at Riv’s Silverton Hub in Toms River. In his place at the old Fischer Boulevard location was Canaeda’s White Rooster, a $2 million sinkhole funded by Toms River investor Jeremy Grunin. Canaeda’s was featured on Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back, but even the world-renowned Michelin star chef could not save the White Rooster. Shortly after Ramsay’s visit, the restaurant closed its doors.
Now, after losing $2 million at Canaeda’s White Rooster, Grunin is giving the restaurant industry a second try, this time, he has more successful restaurateurs in his corner.
The new restaurant is going to be called Joe Bella’s Italian Kitchen and Bar, owned in a partnership by Grunin, Joe Palmisano owner of the successful nearby Four Seasons Diner and Robert Scalera, of Theresa’s South in Bay Head. The restaurant will have a liquor license and is being renovated for indoor and outdoor seating.