I can’t stand it any longer. I tried my best to ignore what was happening, thinking that as time went by, the mystery would simply die on its own. It’s not dying. It refuses to die and I can no longer ignore it, so I have to address this bizarre blog mystery. Here are the details:

Several weeks ago, Friday evening, July 9th to be exact, My wife, Kathy, and myself, our son, Brian and his wife, Jenny, and our friends Jerry and Sue C. along with their son, Tim, and his fiancée, Kristen made a visit to Barone Tuscan Grill in Woolwich Twp., NJ, within walking distance of Brian and Jenny’s new home. Actually, in keeping with the “mystery” theme, it REALLY was a dark and stormy night, at least for a while. It was a pleasant enough dinner with good food and a warm, welcoming ambience at this new restaurant in the area. I wrote a review here on my blog and thought that would be the end of it until our next visit to this restaurant which was almost certain to take place as the place was nice and, again, it was so close to their new residence. I mentioned in my review that I would have set up a link to their website but on the Barone website it simply says “coming soon” and offers no details on this location. By the way, six weeks later (today) that same “coming soon” reference is all that indicates the existence of the Woolwich location.

One of the nice features of having a blog on WORDPRESS is that they keep a running count of visitors to your blog and indicate where they came from. It’s fun to check this regularly and see how many readers came each day and exactly where they came from. Since that night back on July 9th, the number of visitors to SOUTH JERSEY WINE & DINE who arrived here from the Barone Restaurant Group website or by searching Google for the words “Barone Tuscan Grill” has been nothing short of INCREDIBLE. No other post that I have ever written has drawn the readership that this one has. It’s almost like every customer who walks into ANY Barone dining spot is mandated to read my blog before they can order from the menu. No wonder they haven’t updated information on their new restaurant in Woolwich Twp. on their website, my blog is serving as their new marketing program.

As much as I appreciate their being responsible for a large increase in visitors to my blog, I would LOVE to know how and why so many people have been directed there from If anyone can supply any details to help solve this mystery please click on the COMMENTS section under any post and share your thoughts. Meanwhile, please don’t think I am bothered by the increased traffic. I welcome it. Thank you, even though you have me totally befuddled!


  1. I was also directed here when I googled Barone’s Tuscan Grill. I agree, food is good, ambience is fine, I do like a BYOB. BUT, you should know that Barone’s has not paid their employess for over 4 weeks. They did issue a paycheck this past Wed to cover that first missed week ~ and the checks bounced. This is not the first time. In early July, all the paychecks also bounced. The owners have mislead the workers (mostly local teens & twenty-somethings) about what & when they would be paid. For example, many worked in April to help get the restauant up & running and were never paid for those hours.
    The reason for my “google” was to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau!

    • Karen

      Wow! I am shocked. To be fair, I can’t say that what you have posted is true because you could have some personal vendetta with Barone’s. I would say I think there is a possibility that your post has validity. If anyone else is aware of the situation I would appreciate hearing from them.


  2. anonymous Says:

    I currently work at Barone’s in Woolwich and I’ve been there since before it was even opened (ie one of those people who worked in April to get it up and running). There was a rough spot financially in the beginning, but if those people would have stuck with it, they would enjoy a great work environment today. Barone’s is a great place to work or enjoy meals, and we are improving every day.

    • insider Says:

      I work in a bank used by some of Barone’s employees. I am aware of Barone’s habit of bouncing paychecks.

  3. Missmommy19 Says:

    On 12/30/10 we ordered pizza to go at 5:40 pm, from the Woolwich Twp. location. I arrived at 6 pm to pick it up, paid, and waited. And waited, as was another woman attempting to purchase food to go who was there ahead of me. There were at least a half dozen men in dress shirts, “manager-types”, unfortunately none of them have a clue as to how to run a restaurant. I saw 2 pizzas go on top of the pizza oven, but didn’t pay any attention to it since I had paid, gave my name, and assumed that they would give me my pizza when it was ready. The other woman’s take out dinners were ready and getting cold, but she was waiting for pizza also. None of the “manager-wannabes” knew what was going on. Finally, at 6:20 pm I stood up and asked one of them who those 2 pizzas on top of the oven were for. Well what do you know??? They were mine. “Manager-wannabe” that took my money ($37.00, ridiculous) never asked wannabe #2 who those pizzas were for when he took them from the guy making them and put them on top of the oven. I rolled my eyes, told him I had been sitting there waiting, grabbed my pizza and left. Dinners are over priced as well. Do yourself a favor and go to one of the dozen other Italian restaurants in the area. We have not been back since.

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