When filmmaker/entrepreneur Joe Castelo and his brother and sister, Bobby and Christine, bought the original Antique Bakery building in Hoboken — Joe didn’t want to lose the history, have the oven stop being used, or watch the oven get destroyed by a new tenant with a different business. And then he met Chef Paul Gerard.
On a weekly basis they’d meet in the back of the Antique Bakery and Chef Paul would cook and they’d talk and imagine what a restaurant would look like in the 100 year old bakery; the central question being how to preserve the history and tell the neighborhood’s story while bringing something totally new to Hoboken.
So Chef Paul Gerard and filmmaker Joseph Castelo brought their artist’s spirit to the reinvention of the storied Antique Bar & Bakery. And Chef Paul cooks chicken, steak and fish in the massive porcelain brick oven like no one else in the world does; demonstrating a combination of culinary craft and stunt work in a 1000 degree “hot-hole” on a nightly basis; a sight to be seen to be believed.
Antique is filled with memories; mementos of Hoboken history and the pride and the stories of Gerard and Castelo’s families; love being the key ingredient. Boasting a bar that serves imaginative and refreshing craft cocktails along with an innovative dinner menu; Antique is a breath of fresh, creative air for the Hoboken restaurant scene. Inspiring the warmest feelings of yesteryear, Antique Bar & Bakery is still a place where Sinatra himself would be happy to hang his hat.