SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The iconic John's Meat Market in downtown Scotch Plains celebrated its 80-year history on Saturday, May 11, 2019, with a backyard BBQ, doo wop bands, and hundreds of well wishers. 

The township landmark opened its doors on April 17, 1939, with John Losavio at the helm. Eight decades later, business is still brisk. Vinnie and Nick Losavio continue the tradition started by their father, John, a master butcher, who worked alongside his sons, until he died in 2004. (Their mother, Marie, was an opera singer who performed at Carnegie Hall.)

"We attribute our shop’s success to our father’s commitment to sell only the highest grade of meats available. Prime may cost more per pound but it’s worth it and our customers keep coming back," says Vinnie Losavio, who reveled in the warmth his business and his family have been shown in Scotch Plains.

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"The turnout has been unbelievable," said Losavio, who accepted resolutions from Union County and the New Jersey State Assembly marking the 80th anniversary of John's Meat Market.

Visitors included longtime customers and dignitaries, including: Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Council members Josh Losardo, Elizabeth Stamler, Roc White, and Ted Spera, Township Manager Al Mirabella, Deputy Manager Margaret Heisey, Township redevelopment coordinator Tom Strowe, Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, and actor Gary Pastore, among others. 

John's Meat Market has won the title of "Best Butcher in New Jersey" numerous times from New Jersey Monthly magazine. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.