Town Hall Deli opened in 1927. Its original home was on South Orange Avenue, a few doors away from the actual Town Hall; hence the name, Town Hall Delicatessen.
The Deli was purchased in the 1930's from the original owners. During the 1930's, the then-Mayor of Maplewood, Mayor Sweeney, visited Havana, Cuba. While there,
he visited Sloppy Joe's Bar and Eatery. Ernest Hemingway and other famous figures frequented Joe's which, at the time, was open to American tourism. Joe, the proprietor, was well-known for the disarray in the Bar- alas, the nickname "Sloppy" Joe!
While the Mayor was at Joe's in Cuba, he had a sandwich that he loved so much that when he returned to the US, he asked Fred and Hans to duplicate the recipe. It was made with cole slaw, ham, cow tongue, swiss cheese, with lots of dressing served on thin rye bread. Hence, the origin of the Sloppy Joe sandwich and how Town Hall Deli of South Orange became The Birthplace of the Sloppy Joe!
Today, Sloppy Joes are made in a wide variety, using any two meats and a cheese of your choice. Although Town Hall Deli is famous across the country for inventing the Sloppy Joe, it is first and foremost a Delicatessen in the traditional style, serving quality storemade products for every meal and a go-to for catering all occasions.
Town Hall Deli moved to its most commonly known location, the brick building at 18 South Orange
Avenue, around 1940. Sold to its current owner, Tony Wonski, the Deli has relocated twice. Most recently in 2013, to its current home at 74 1st Street, and in 2007 to 60 Valley Street, just steps away from its previous locations.
Town Hall plans to continue the same traditions it has had for nearly a century.
Monday-Friday 8:00 am- 8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm