If you have lost count of all of the restaurants in the Garden State that have announced their demise over the past several months, you aren't the only one.

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It seems to be particularly brutal this year as eateries that have been around for decades have pulled the plug.

A few examples

  • Gaspares’s Italian Bistro in Egg Harbor Township closed after over 40 years.
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  • Voltaco's in Ocean City closed after almost 70.
Voltaco's on West Avenue in Ocean City, NJ, has announced they are closing for good - Photo: Google Maps
Voltaco's on West Avenue in Ocean City, NJ, has announced they are closing for good - Photo: Google Maps
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  • Ward's Pastry, also in Ocean City (not exactly a restaurant, but still...), is gone after nearly a century.
Ward's Pastry in Ocean City NJ - Photo: Google Maps
Ward's Pastry in Ocean City NJ - Photo: Google Maps
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And, sadly, that's just a few of many.

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New addition to the list

Now comes word that a gourmet pizza restaurant in Williamstown, Gloucester County, is closing for good -- but, it's not quite all bad news.

Grindstone in Williamstown NJ as seen in October 2019 prior to opening - Photo: Google Maps
Grindstone in Williamstown NJ as seen in October 2019 prior to opening - Photo: Google Maps
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Recently on Facebook, Grindstone Restaurant on Main Street announced they are shutting down. In a simple message, they said,

Thank you for an amazing 3 years! We have come to a very difficult decision to close our doors to the public as of Nov 6th.

However, if you are craving their gourmet pizza, there's a bit of good news. Grindstone says they will remain open only for private events.

Grindstone had enjoyed some very favorable reviews online, such as this one,

What a wonderful addition to Williamstown! Food aside the decor inside and out is beautiful. The atmosphere is warm and friendly great for families or a date night. The menu is meant for sharing and the only reason I wouldn't is I'd love to eat every dish by myself! We had classic and margherita pizzas, a Caesar salad and chocolate cake, apple crisp & afagato for desserts.

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