We again welcome back “Uncle Paul” Hauke , one of the original founders of Tony Boloney’s Indigenous Pizzeria & Subs in Atlantic City, NJ . Tony Boloney’s is the winner of the Guy Fieri Food Channel Cheesesteak Battle and the Kelly and Michael Food Truck Cookoff. It is the Cheesesteak Ole served both times that won them the title’s.
We want to thank you for your prior interviews about the beginning and the development of Tony Boloney’s Indigenous Pizzeria & Subs in Atlantic City, NJ.
Now, this is our fourth interview with “Uncle Paul” of Tony Boloney’s Pizzeria & Subs fame.
Atlantic City Food Guide: Thank you “Uncle Paul” for taking this time to talk with us.
“Uncle Paul”: You’re welcome. It’s a pleasure to be here.
Atlantic City Food Guide: Before we talk about your contribution to the success of Tony Boloney’s Pizza in Atlantic City, NJ, let’s talk about Atlantic City itself.
“Uncle Paul”: OK
Atlantic City Food Guide: New Jersey State Casino Regulators said this past Thursday that Atlantic City Casinos saw their collective earnings fall by nearly 45 per cent in the second quarter of 2013 versus the second quarter of 2012. What do you think about that?
“Uncle Paul”: Well, first of all that is a collective number. In other words some Casino’s actually made more than last years second quarter, some lost less and some lost more. There is no question that it is a troubling issue for Atlantic City and the State Of New Jersey.
Atlantic City Food Guide: How can it be rectified? What is needed in Atlantic City to boost it’s revenues?
“Uncle Paul”: I have a great marketing background and am the founder of and President of Iffpf Media LLC, a leading marketing firm in the United States. A large part of the problem is the marketing of Atlantic City. I believe that the “Do AC” campaign has not worked as well as anticipated. The way the recent storm “Sandy” was reported was and is a big problem. As we all know, the boardwalk was not damaged in the area of the Casino’s. The boardwalk North of Oriental Ave., where Tony Boloney’s is was damaged by the storm. However, this boardwalk area has been in disrepair long before storm “Sandy” and has been closed off for years.
And, of course there are the other Casino’s in all the surrounding states. Atlantic City does not market well to the people who have been going to their local state Casino’s and used to come to Atlantic City, NJ .
Listen, I could spend hours reviewing and talking about the pitfalls of Atlantic City’s marketing. Anyone who really wants to discuss it can get in touch with me and I will be happy to discuss the topic. There just isn’t enough time to discuss it here.
Atlantic City Food Guide: When you think about it, you’re right. But, do you think a small Pizzeria like Tony Boloney’s can change all that is not going well in Atlantic City, NJ?
“Uncle Paul”: You have asked me that in previous interviews and my answer is still the same, no. But they are a positive influence on the city and Atlantic City does benefit from that.
Atlantic City Food Guide: Ok, now this is our fourth interview about the development of Tony Boloney’s Pizzeria. We understand that you have more pictures.
“Uncle Paul”: Yes , I do. The first pictures are the final layout of the Pizzeria and all the equipment all in place back in April , 2009. The second set of pictures is of the opened Tony Boloney’s in June, 2009.
Atlantic City Food Guide: As always, thanks to you ”Uncle Paul” of Tony Boloney’s fame. Can we expect any further interviews?
“Uncle Paul”: Sure. When?
Atlantic City Food Guide: How about next week?
“Uncle Paul”: Ok , great.