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The Operator: Joe Meli, Owner, Prime 94 Steakhouse, Fairfield, NJ The Equipment and Supply Dealer: Michael Konzelman, Senior Project Manager, Economy Restaurant Supply, Clifton NJ

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he new restaurant in New Jersey is causing quite a stir with locals. Not only because of their delicious and appealing menu choices, but because of its modern and enticing design. Prime 94 Steak House and Grill in Fairfield, NJ, is owned by Joe Meli and hopes to bring a Manhattan quality dining experience with the warmth of a hometown setting. Serving up a vast array of choices, the restaurant will have something for everyone’s tastes. From fresh oysters to signature burgers and, of course, some of the best cut steaks around! And to pay homage to his Italian background, Meli has pre-

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pared authentic pasta dishes that rival some of the best Italian restaurants in the city. But what’s even more enticing is the fact that the restaurant is perfectly designed to host a social hour, which is why Meli decided on such a large bar area. With its own social hour menu, Prime 94 is not only going to be a restaurant of choice for those looking for a delicious dinner, but also a hangout for those looking for a good drink and craft appetizers at the bar.

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Joe Meli’s Approach I remember getting home from school in Italy every day and my

grandma making pasta. She would make these wonderful sauces that smelled delicious. Every day the beautiful tomatoes and basil became her amazing pesto. My career started at a fine dining restaurant in Siracusa near my home. A friend of a friend said come see what we do. Like all good stories, someone got sick and the next thing I knew, I had a job. Prime 94 came to be because of prime meats and a prime location. My wife and I wanted to set the bar high and the name represents that goal. For many years the space was a German restaurant called The Bavarian Inn.

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