When it comes to satisfying a sweet tooth, Hudson County has an array of bakery spots to choose from — and we’ve rounded up all of the delicious options here. One of those beloved spots is Monteleone’s Bakery, located in the Journal Square section of Jersey City at 741 Newark Avenue. After a vacation sign was put up with a return date of August 2nd, locals have been speculating why this JC spot has not been reopened since. Now, we recently found out that the bakery is permanently closed. Read on for what we know about the closing and what we will miss about Monteleone’s Bakery in Jersey City.
Earlier this summer, Monteleone’s put up signage stating that the spot would be closed for vacation until August 2nd. After it did not open back up, locals have been speculating when (and if) the bakery would be opening back up. On August 13th, a post in the Jersey City subreddit confirmed that Monteleone’s would be closed for good as of August, sharing a post from the We Grew Up in Jersey City Facebook Group from a member of the Monteleone family.
Monteleone’s has been in business since 1946 and is a third-generation family-owned bakery. Guido Monteleone first came to America from Sicily in 1909 and brought his family over to the States a few years later after the First World War. Guido opened Monteleone’s bakery in Jersey City with his family in 1946, which was passed down to his sons after he passed away in 1959. The grandchildren, Guido (the third), Pete, and Mark Monteleone have since run the whole operation.
Monteleone’s used the same recipes that Guido Monteleone used when the bakery first opened, and still used the same suppliers out of Brooklyn up until its closure. Everything was made fresh, and from natural ingredients such as strawberry filling rather than strawberry preserves, and sometimes even fresh strawberries per customer request. Monteleone’s even made its own cannoli shells.
When it comes to baked goods, there is nothing that Monteleone’s did not have available. They sold cakes, cookies, pastries, brownies, cupcakes, pies, and more. In the mornings, customers could stop by for a warm bagel and coffee while they ordered dessert for later. Monteleone’s was most known for its cakes for parties or special events. The spot baked about 50 birthday cakes on any given Saturday.
Monteleone’s always stuck to its old-fashioned ways when it comes to booking and buying its goodies, and Hudson County locals will for sure miss this beloved Journal Square bakery greatly.