We had heard the rumors, and went down to 318 Madison ourselves this afternoon to confirm—over two chili dogs and a dozen clams on the halfshell…
But it’s true — Biggie’s Clam Bar is moving its operations to the Newark St. location, effective October 3rd.
“Madison St. has been an important part of the community for 70 years,” says Biggie’s Mike Ranuro, adding “there are a couple of forces influencing the move.”
The single-story building that has housed the neighborhood staple since 1946 is actually 120 years old. Having suffered a lot of damage in SuperStorm Sandy, it’s facing costly repairs.
Meanwhile, Hoboken’s demographics have changed considerably in the back end of town. “A lot of people commute into the city during the day,” says Ranuro. “Gone are the factories and construction workers from that area.”
Meanwhile, the plan is to focus emphasis on the Newark Street location—in the spot where the world-famous Clam Broth House once stood.
“We are proud of what we’ve built on Newark St.,” says Ranuro. “Our food is fresh and high-quality, our people are great; we have an outdoor area, a private event space to hold large parties. With a full bar, a larger and more diverse menu, the full-service model is the next step in our evolution.”
As for the staff, all are headed over to the Newark Street spot—a block from the PATH and Waterfront.
“Brother Biggie and Marie, Frankie Boy, Gary, MF, Steve Biggie and Rose, Steven Jr., Michael—every single one of us has worked on Madison St., and we’ll never forget where we came from.”