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 foo—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.