• Olivia’s: A New Dining + Cocktails Spot Coming to Hoboken

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    Garden Street in Hoboken has GreekTown, Mario’s, Moran’s, and now, another restaurant coming early next year. While the windows of the former Sasso’s location are now covered in brown paper, new temporary signage has cropped up {thanks to our reader Rachel C for the tip!}, indicating that an eatery called Olivia’s in coming to the space in March 2020.

    The sign, which simply states, “Olivia’s: Dining and Cocktails” popped up at 1038 Garden Street, formerly Sasso’s Liquors and Delicatessen. Keep reading to learn all about Olivia’s, a new dining + cocktails spot coming to Hoboken.

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    What We Know So Far

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    Not much is known about Olivia’s as of now. Preliminary searches for the eatery turned up a place called Olivia’s in the Bronx, but that seems to be unrelated. As Hoboken Girl learns more about Olivia’s — what kind of food and cocktails it will serve, what the interior will look like, what the menu items are, etc. — we’ll be sure to update you.

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    ^ A peek inside the current space! 

    We even stopped by the location but the construction workers were not sure themselves.

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    The Space

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    {Photo credit: Google Maps}

    In the meantime, here’s what we know about the space itself. Sasso’s Liquors and Delicattesean has been around since the 1920s. The original owners of the store retired in 2008 and sold the store to Frank and Mark of Bagels on the Hudson. Years after switching ownership, Sasso’s — which was half liquor store, half deli where patrons could grab Boar’s Head cold cuts and Italian sandwiches to go — was busted by a police sting operation this past January.

    The Hoboken Police Department’s Alcoholic Beverage Unit put on a citywide sting operation in January 2019, which resulted in 10 total liquor stores getting citations. The police department said at the time that prior to the undercover operation, authorities had received several complaints about liquor stores selling to minors.

    While Sasso’s was cited, citations were also written for Village Market, Cork Wine + Spirits, Blue Ribbon, Daniel Liquors, Ottomanellis, Hoboken Discount Liquors, Augie’s, Hoboken Vine, and Yash Liquors.

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    According to a 2016 article by The Digest Online, Michael Cipolla was the owner of Sasso’s, likely at the time of the 2019 citation. Aside from selling liquor, beer, and wine, Sasso’s was known for its locally-sourced food {if not from around here, Sasso’s ventured to Brooklyn or even Italy to procure the best of the best}, homemade meatballs made in the brick oven, pasta with pesto, and dessert options like Sasso’s Brownies.

    As more information becomes available about Olivia’s, we’ll continue to update this post about the new eatery. Stay tuned!

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    Steph Osmanski is a freelance writer who specializes in sustainability and health and wellness content. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton.