NUTLEY, NJ - Tiki Bowl customer Chloe was wearing an “I’m busy being creative” and very busy loving her Sunset Bowl. Chloe, her sister Ava and their mom came in from Whippany to be part of the Grand Opening festivities on Franklin Ave.
According to Chloe’s mom, they are long-time friends of the owners of Tiki Bowls. Nick Auriemma and Nick Auriemma Jr. The father and son foodie entrepreneurs are both firemen in Belleville. Nick Sr. is a Nutley resident and has two daughters at Nutley High.
Nick Jr. said he was inspired by his shore house neighbor in Belmar. “He was running an extension cord out of his shore house and selling these fruit bowls like crazy. I wanted to do something like that closer to home. After graduating from Pompton Lake High school, I joined the Navy; then went to Monmouth College.”
Nick’s buddy from Monmouth is now the owner of two fruit bowls and smoothies businesses in Brooklyn. According to Nick, his buddy schooled them on the bowl business.
“First it was TCBY, then Cups, now its bowls.” Nick Sr. “My son goes to the shore every weekend and everybody is now health conscious. So this is perfect for us and Nutley.”
“We are all about being a Nutley business. Everyone working here is a high school kid. Every Tuesday night is going to be Raider night; 10% of the proceeds are going to go into a scholarship fund to a Nutley High recipient. Monday night is Buccaneer night with a percentage of proceeds going towards a Belleville High scholarship.” Nick Sr told TAPinto Nutley
Jamie Auriemma was busy behind the counter with Nick Jr. preparing mini-bowls; bite-sized samples of Tiki’s menu items. In addition, two of the staff worked the cotton candy machine and another painted beach tattoos on willing customers.
Francesca from Woodland Park sat under the tiki bar thatched roof and said she loved everything coconut; and totally enjoyed her ‘dinner’, a ‘Sunset Bowl’; creamy coconut, chocolate, strawberries and did we mention creamy coconut.
The tiki-hut themed restaurant was packed and everyone seemed to know Belleville resident, Geraldine when she walked in. “It’s beautiful. I love it.” Geraldine is mom and nonna to the owners. She was there to feast on her first coco-nutty fruit bowl and she definitely wanted an umbrella!
Tiki Bowls Nutley is located at 206 Franklin Ave. #tikibowlsnutley