Shady! Did #RHONJ Storyline Lead to Joe Gorga’s Restaurant Closing? (Exclusive)

Posted on Jan 11 2018 - 4:14pm by Staff Writer

Melissa Gorga recently spoke out about the sudden closing of her husband’s restaurant after opening less than a year ago. 

Gorga’s Homemade Pasta & Pizza, the restaurant claimed to be owned and operated by Joe Gorga, with help from his Bravoleb wife, Melissa Gorga, and sister, Teresa Giudice, will soon shut its doors in East Hanover, New Jersey. Melissa cites “management issues” and a “small location,” as the reasons for the closing.

“I can speak about it mildly because it’s a major situation unfortunately,” she said during an appearance on The Morning Breath show on Wednesday. “I will admit one thing: We are overwhelmed with the amount of people that are going. We had no idea it was going to be as busy as it is; that’s first of all.”

“Second of all, yes, there are partners, obviously, that we’ve gone into it with,” she added, later elaborating: “We were having issues with the management and the way they were running it. There were a couple shady things going on.”

However, a source tells AllAboutTheTea.com that the Gorga’s abrupt departure from Gorga’s Homemade Pasta & Pizza has nothing to do with shady management.

“He [Joe Gorga] knew the owner [Ricci]. The owner was struggling with the restaurant, and Joe made a deal with the owner to slap his name on the business — with the promise that the restaurant would get free publicity [on RHONJ] and its rent paid.” A source tells AllAboutTheTea.com exclusively.

Reportedly, Joe was only seen at the Italian eatery during filming of the Bravo reality series.

“He [Joe Gorga] was never at the restaurant. He would come by from time to time…rarely but not everyday.” another source reveals to AllAboutTheTea.com. “He was only here while they were filming that show [RHONJ].” 

On The Real Housewives of New Jersey, the Gorga’s “family business” was promoted as a tribute to Joe and Teresa’s mother, Antonia, who passed away in March. However, a show insider reveals,

“The restaurant opening was a storyline.” The source adds, “And their dead mother was exploited in the process.”

But according to Melissa Gorga this isn’t the end of the road for the family’s restaurant endeavors.

“We’re moving to a new location. The Gorga’s that is [there] right now, we just pulled the sign off the top yesterday,” The Real Housewives of New Jersey star, 38, said during a Wednesday, January 10, interview on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen of Gorga’s Homemade Pasta & Pizza. “The line’s been out the door, honestly, since we opened it, to the point to needing new management.”

She cryptically added: “You’re gonna hear a lot more. Let’s just say that location is not ours.”

The eatery opened in May, and it’s launch was captured by Bravo cameras but alternate plans may have been in the works before filming ended. 

“It was planned that the deal with Ricci would end after the show aired…it was planned from the start.”

Tell us what you think. Was the Gorga’s restaurant business done for a storyline or was it the real deal? Sound off in the comments!

 

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  • T Loves Martinis

    I’m shocked! Said no one.

  • italiano bambino

    Melissa added: “You’re gonna hear a lot more …. Of BS , Lies and Nonsense…

    • we”r”family

      A lot more of their shadiness?

      • italiano bambino

        crookness lol

  • Betty

    Only storyline. Duh!

  • Marsbars09

    I foolishly thought the restaurant was a labor of love for Mama Gorga. They got Papa Gorga in on the scheme too.

    • we”r”family

      Mars did Joe say during filming that he promised his parents that their name would be up in lights one day or something like that?

      • Marsbars09

        I don’t recall him saying that.

        • we”r”family

          When he was putting up the name sign, as Papa Gorga looked on he said something like I told you Pops one day our name would be up in lights.

      • NYUgirl

        I remember the same as you. That’s what Joe said. Really disgusting, I mean, I was actually sad that the mother wasn’t able to see this come to fruition. Argh!

  • Marsbars09

    If Joe rarely came to the restaurant you know Tre and her father never stopped by.

    • Bruce’s Balls

      Truth!

  • Bruce’s Balls

    Tre’s mother must be dying over being used as a SL. Oh, wait….

  • Maisey 😎 🌺

    Well what a wonderful way to honor your dear mother’s memory.

    • we”r”family

      It is the thought right? I kid.

    • Bruce’s Balls

      Not to mention that Nonno is acting like a perverted schoolboy. The Gorgags are the epitome of pimping themselves out. No shame in that fambly.

      • Marsbars09

        Tre and Joey didn’t stand a chance with such a nasty father.

      • we”r”family

        What happened to the sickly old man, who spoke little? He is very different this season.

        • Bruce’s Balls

          Yup, it’s a fucking miracle!

          • we”r”family

            Please don’t take offense but I swear I think that man is on the prowl for wife number 2.

          • Marsbars09

            Or he’s just on the prowl for ass!

          • we”r”family

            Yes, Mars ass of any age.

          • Marsbars09

            He took a special liking to Marge.

          • Bruce’s Balls

            He prolly got his Viagra script filled.

          • Bruce’s Balls

            Me take offense? LMAO!

        • Marsbars09

          This is the most extroverted I’ve ever seen the old man.

      • colleen

        When Noonno finally gets a little “somethin somethin” he’ll say his dead wife came to him saying you have needs Giuseppe, go, go get laid!

        • we”r”family

          Loyal doting son (gag) will bring back the psychic to connect with Mommy so she can give her approval for Daddy to get laid lol.

          • Chickpea16

            LOL.

        • Bruce’s Balls

          LMAO! Maybe he should hookup with Barge Sr.

          I mean she likes to swaller, and technically getting blowies isn’t like actually having real sex!?Am I right? Am I right?

          • Chickpea16

            LOL. Love to see them on a date.

      • Chickpea16

        I never cared for the man.

      • Chickpea16

        Nonno is quite the catch though. 🙂

        • Bruce’s Balls

          LOL! Catch and release!

    • Marsbars09

      Sad, isn’t it?

      • Maisey 😎 🌺

        Yes, it really is Mars. What a family. 🙁

    • Chickpea16

      So soon after she passed too. Disgusting.

  • we”r”family

    I must be dense because I am not understanding this at all.
    So, a business was struggling and Joe offered to lend his name, some publicity via the show, and pay the rent? In return for what? But, except during filming Joe wasn’t really around? So, now they are looking for a bigger location, Tre will be more involved and so forth? But, we are going to hear more about the former location that isn’t theirs? So, in other words Shady dealings again?

    • Marsbars09

      Hi We! I wonder if Tre and Joey are going to make a similar deal with a larger restaurant (?).
      And you know Tre didn’t lift a finger in the restaurant she and Joey lent their name to and she’s not going to do it at the next one.

      • we”r”family

        Mars do you think Tre will ever put in any of her invisible cash as an investment? I mean I am sure she expected her brother to cut her a check for just having her picture taken at the said establishment.

        • Marsbars09

          You would think Tre invested money into the restaurant since Joey claimed it was in honor of their beloved mother. And if I were Joey I wouldn’t pay Tre to make an appearance at the “family” restaurant. Get it?

          • Bruce’s Balls

            I thought at one time it was said that Turdesa was a partner.

          • Marsbars09

            I was under the impression Joey, Tre and their father financed the restaurant.

          • Chickpea16

            This show is hurting for interesting storylines so now put everyone in fake businesses.

          • we”r”family

            I thought I read that too. That Papa Gorga, Joe, and Tre were partners. Now we read that next time they open a restaurant Tre will have a more expansive role. What does that mean?

          • RealitytvJunkie

            None of those fakers invested a dime, it was all paid for Bravo.

          • Chickpea16

            Exactly. The new location is to justify taking down the current Gorga sign. Like they have the smarts and work ethic to run a larger restaurant.

    • Bruce’s Balls

      Funny how the word “again” is used along with the word “shady” for this family.

      • RealitytvJunkie

        Hi Bruce Ball’s. Those fakers are so transparent. I can’t believe anyone fell for Tre and Mel’s poor acting at the restaurant. They could barely keep straight faces in their “fighting” scenes. I’m sure production yelled “cut” several times for retakes.

        • we”r”family

          Like Mel had zero clues this deal had gone down. Give me a break.

          • RealitytvJunkie

            The whole thing was fake from start to finish. All of it. I don’t believe a word that comes out of any of the Gorga’s mouths.

          • RHONJ Fan

            I called it from the start. I said they were faking as soon as the season started. None of them know how to cook.

          • we”r”family

            IMO the next time the FEDS investigate Tre, it will be her brother as well under the microscope.

          • RHONJ Fan

            I agree, WR Family. I’m surprised Joey hasn’t been investigated already.

          • we”r”family

            Tre claims her hubs taught her brother how to build houses, I bet he taught him how to be a small time hustler too. Papa Gorga seems like he’s been on the shady bus for years.

          • Marsbars09

            I believe this.

          • Marsbars09

            For all we know he’s being investigated now.

          • Marsbars09

            Hell, for all we know the Feds may just be watching now.

          • we”r”family

            I hope so. Than Tre will be blaming her brother.

        • Bruce’s Balls

          Agree. I asked down thread if Teresa was a partner. I thought I read somewhere that she invested money (prolly stolen) in the restaurant.

          • just me…❄⛄

            LOL…their money does not clean its self.

      • we”r”family

        I think its their manta Bruce lol.

      • RHONJ Fan

        Shady runs in that family. They are a bunch of criminals and liars.

        • Bruce’s Balls

          Absofuckinglutley!

        • Marsbars09

          F*cking grifters.

    • RHONJ Fan

      “In return for what?” Joe offered to pay the rent in return for the owner to allow him to use his restaurant for a few months so he, his wife and criminal sister could have a storyline.

      • we”r”family

        Another site said that Joe was receiving some sort of “payment” from the owner for this free publicity but it quickly soured.

        • Marsbars09

          I heard a fight broke out between Joe and somebody else.

          • we”r”family

            Whatever the scenario is Mars, if Joe is involved I am sure it went south very quickly. Getting into any business deal with this lot is like getting into bed with the devil.

          • Marsbars09

            Yep! Those folks are nothing but scheming grifters. They go from one fly by night scam to the next.

          • we”r”family

            One would think a sensible person would stay clear. These folks must have their own angle was well.

          • just me…❄⛄

            Good thing he does not spray his hair on any longer.

        • RealitytvJunkie

          Joe pretended to take over someone’s entire business and temporarily changed the name of an established business, who would pay Joe to promote a resturant using HIS name? That makes no sense. Clearly, It’s the other way around.

    • Elizabeth Fisher

      None of this makes any sense. If Poison wasn’t really involved with the restaurant when they weren’t filming, why would they need a larger location? WTF?

      • Sandy Wood

        That’s the best reason their slug-slow minds could come up with for why they are not presently involved.

      • we”r”family

        That is a good question. The clan acts as if they did the owner a favor, and then it went sour. So, they want to branch out and do a bigger restaurant. I mean Joe and Tre are LAZY. They want to do nothing but rewarded nicely. I think Mel doesn’t mind working actually.

  • we”r”family

    Were they using family recipes or the owner’s recipes and claimed them as their own?

    • Marsbars09

      I wanna know the answer to that as well.

      • we”r”family

        and if Papa Gorga cooked, I doubt he washed his hands.

  • colleen

    Storyline for next Season: Joe Gorga Gets his GED! (Where’s hat big ol blue garbage truck?)

    • we”r”family

      I know Joe Guidice is working on his reading skills and GED while serving time. I didn’t know Joe Gorga didn’t graduate as well. What a couple of meatballs lol.

      • Marsbars09

        I remember on one of the reunions Joe said he worked as a stripper while he was in college.

        • italiano bambino

          Joey was in college like saying tre write her own bravo blogs throwing a margie look https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c1a92ae0803064c87eebc6de0241d09201087ea1a7b5eda6d60b15c19eac140a.png

          • Marsbars09

            Goddamn that’s an ugly picture.

          • colleen

            Seriously! Enough eye makeup, Marge?!

          • SassyMcAsspants

            She needs to visit the set of Drag Race for pointers. Her lasher are janky and she needs to beat that face!

          • italiano bambino

            Lol

          • pixntrix

            Love it Mars! And lmao

          • MissScarletwithaRevolver

            At the risk of being accused of “ageism”, ladies of a certain age cannot pull off this look and appear attractive. Period. A 20 something pop star maybe. Just, no. Is that Marge’s thirsty blogger/stalker friend in the background?

          • Shelly Jones

            Not a good lok at all…who’s idea was this…her dress was nice the but hair and make up were a complete mess!

          • Sandy Wood

            She found Tre’s missing forehead.

        • colleen

          Yes, he was a stripper, but in College? Impossible! Unless he slept with all his professors

    • Betty

      Unlike Joe Giudice, Joe Gorga graduated high school. I know. Next season Teresa commits bank fraud, again, and goes back to prison! Yay

      • colleen

        I’d be glued to the TV set if Tre would be thrown in the slammer!

  • Jennymckitty

    I don’t know why I’m not upset by this. I suppose it is because so many of the hare-brained businesses on these HW shows are for storylines or as a way for the HW’s to be paid for product endorsements. This one is probably a little more shady because….wel…the Gorga’s are involved.

    • italiano bambino

      How sad is to portray all this thriving businesses but knowing none of them are REAL. Joe Gorga better stop and rethink and just get a real job.

      • Sandy Wood

        Sadder yet to “establish” it as a memorial to their deceased mother. What a tribute!

  • TartLemon

    LOL… This scam was a surprise to anyone?

  • Wicked Cupcake

    He is such a troll. How does Melissa stand that dwarf climbing on top of her? I would rather throw myself in a vat of acid instead of sleeping with him. Ugh.

    • Bruce’s Balls

      LMAO!

    • Jennymckitty

      He’s better to look at than to listen to. I don’t think I could stand listening to the constant stream of stupidity that comes out of his mouth. Melissa isn’t the brightest human alive but she comes off sounding like a rocket scientist next to him.

      • Wicked Cupcake

        Oh that is for sure!

  • kikid26

    Lines out the door? What a JOKE!!! I go to that mall a fair amount and I have NEVER seen anyone even walking in there let alone a LINE of people! I’ve seen more people going into Smashburger next door! This is just something for a storyline, like the failed store in Montclair a few seasons ago. Just another front to try to hide the grifting scammers they all truly are.

  • Sandy Wood

    Is anyone else having problems with the site today? I am using my laptop and the Gretchen Rossi thread has disappeared entirely (and any that may have been posted after).
    The comments on this thread went away to zero and now is showing 3 comments made during the past 28 minutes…I know there were more. This has been going on for the last 2-3 hours, I tried refreshing several times and shut system down and started up again, to no avail that’s the extent of my techy abilities. I could try from my phone or desk top, but don’t remember my passwords.
    I know that everyone is not having these challenges, as I am getting responses to comments I made on the Gretchen thread before the glitch happened. Any ideas?

    • Jennymckitty

      I’m having problems, too. I’m on my iPad and haven’t tried another device. Must be some problems with the site.

    • All About The Tea

      Hi Sandy – the site is being upgraded to a bigger/better server to improve faster site load times and additional improvements, which you’ll see over the next few hours/days/weeks. All the comments and images will return in its entirety over the next few hours. Bare with us. Thanks.

      • Sandy Wood

        Thank you for info Mod, I was in a slight panic that I would be out of the loop for SW thread on Monday. Whew!!! mopping my brow.

        • All About The Tea

          You’re such a sweetheart, thank you, and we would never do that to you. We know you’re a big Sister Wives fan.

          Also, the 3 new stories published today, will be back on the site in one hour.

          Thank you for your patience.

          • Sandy Wood

            Thank YOU for explanation. It’s good to know you are right here with us.

      • Jennymckitty

        Thanks, Tea.

        • All About The Tea

          Thanks for hanging with us, Jenny. We appreciate you!

  • Annlee57

    Man, Joey is having a lot of problems! I read where a tenant is suing Joe Gorga for slipping on ice on a building he owns!

    • equinox2009

      Everything this family does turns to shyte and wouldn’t surprise me they don’t take care of their property (properties?) Just sitting back collecting rents and providing no services for the tenants I bet Grifters, the whole bunch. Have a happy day, Annlee

      • Annlee57

        Exactly, it seems like you said they just sit back and collect rent and do not provide services for the tenants and I bet that is what happened to their restaurant, they just sat back and expected their employees to do all the work.

        Have a good night, :))

  • equinox2009

    This family are masters of “shady” deals and it’s always the “investors” who are ripping them off They have it down pat We’ll see I guess, JS

    • Annlee57

      I know what you mean! Its always the “investors” or this one and that one, never their fault!

  • Lee Frederic

    bwahahhhaaaa. The only sad part is the tribute to the mother was a sham. SMH