Joe & John Toto's goes out with 'cheers,' stories of good times on Staten Island

Feb 26, 2019 415

BY: Pamela Silvestri

John Toto beamed as patrons walked up the stairs of his Ocean Breeze restaurant for the last time. They heard the news: After 34 years, Joe & John Toto's declared last call as Sunday, Feb. 24. It will soon be Juicy Lucy, a barbecue restaurant by one of the borough's Lickety Split route owners, Richie Holmes. 

"Emily!" said John to a tearful guest who threw her arms around him. "Sad.  It's a very sad day," said Tom Clifford of South Beach. Tom is a long-time friend and Staten Islander who said his friend, John, was "one of the most honest, caring people who really valued his customers." Tom lamented, "That’s why he was able to stay in business so long. Very sad day."

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