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Posted in BYOB Restaurant Reviews, Wine Dinners with tags , , , , on August 23, 2010 by ballymote

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!