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Jersey Joe's to Open in Half Moon Bay

Coastside resident Don Godshall is bringing a new Philly cheesesteak, Hoagie and hamburger joint to town, and it's going to be good.

East Coast specialties are coming to Half Moon Bay.

Jersey Joe’s, the “West Coast’s connection to Philly cheesesteaks and Hoagies” located in San Carlos, is slated to open early 2013 in Stone Pine Center in Half Moon Bay.

Owner and El Granada resident Don Godshall thought opening his East Coast style sandwich shop on the Coast was a great way to get back to his roots and offer the community a place to go for great hamburgers and sandwiches and to host local sports teams.

“We’re going to have booths, counter-top seating and lots of sports memorabilia and flat screens on the walls here,” said Godshall, who’s owned Jersey Joe’s in San Carlos since 2003 and says from the start he knew what his mission was: to use high quality ingredients, do it right, have fun feeding the East Coast transplants, and introducing new customers to a great sandwich.

He’s talking about Hoagies, which originated in Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania over 50 years ago, where Godshall is originally from.

The Hoagie is a sandwich made on an Italian roll. The original version is made with Italian meats and cheeses, lettuce, tomato, onion, spices, oil and vinegar. Jersey Joe’s will offer many variations on the Hoagie as well as Philly cheesesteaks and hamburgers, which will be made from 1/3 pound of handcrafted, never frozen, freshly ground beef. Milkshakes, wine, and microbrew beers on tap will also be served.

While the menu is complete and will be the same for the most part as the San Carlos menu, the space is still being renovated, but it’s coming along and shows promise as a sparkling new establishment that will be run by an experienced restauranteur and Philly cheesesteak connoisseur.

“We were excited to finally get our sign up,” said Godshall. “I’m hoping this will soon become the local neighborhood cheesesteak and burger place. From the positive reception and feedback we’ve received so far from people, I think it will.”

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George Muteff November 15, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Now This is News!! Seems one can find some iteration of cheesesteaks everywhere, from the local pizza parlors to the Quiznos' and Subways all over the place. Not one of them worth a darn, though. Folks, I have no problem saying don't let any prior experience with the wannabes and imitators out there give you pause - not even for a nano-second. For those that crave a real cheesesteak and have tolerated the impersonators - give it up. The Man is coming to town. Go once, just once...and you will never stop. I am so looking forward to the opening. Don does it right. If you don't believe it, go see for yourself - then make sure you budget for weekly visits cause you will be back.
Judy Drobnick November 16, 2012 at 05:30 PM
We can't wait!! The best cheesesteaks ever!
Christa Bigue (Editor) November 16, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Being an East Coast transplant myself, I can't wait for the Hoagies! Don is going to make the real thing. ... Although, in my neck of the woods, CT and RI, we call them Grinders.
Gary H December 12, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Been going to JJ's before Don took over in 2003, often driving from HMB for my fix. Can't tell you how many Philadelphians I've taken to Joe's who emphatically stated that a good cheesesteak can not be had on South Street, let alone El Camino!! They are now some of Don's best customers. As am I.
brigette perreault January 16, 2013 at 12:26 AM
how can you get applications?
George Muteff January 16, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Applications for what?
Mel January 19, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Can't wait....! When does it open.
Dougie Abarca February 05, 2013 at 07:26 PM
where can we get applications to try to get a job there
Kevin February 05, 2013 at 08:07 PM
when is is going to open?
Christa Bigue (Editor) February 05, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Are they not listed yet? Try reaching owner Don Godshall at his San Carlos location at 650 592 7371. I'll send him a message as well to find out if they are hiring yet and where to get applications.
George Muteff February 05, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Might want to just drop in. He's located in the old It's Italia spot, across from Snap Fitness in the Stone Pine Shopping Center just west of the Post Office. Whenever I have wanted to contact him, that's where I've gone and been successful. And I do believe he's hiring.
David Ecksmogchecktech@sbcglobal.net February 25, 2013 at 04:12 PM
i want cheese steak now!!!!! Please hurry and open
George Muteff February 25, 2013 at 08:13 PM
I stopped by the store and spoke with Don late last week. I've got some very good news to share: we are within weeks, as in sometime in March, of getting our hands on one of those scrumptious cheesesteaks with all the trimmings. The store has taken shape, and it looks very nice. Old pics of HMB are hanging on the walls, with a sample of Don'e subtle humor included on them, seating is done, counters are done, kitchen is done. All that remains now are a few of the last minute adjustments. I am so looking forward to ordering a cheesesteak, with mushrooms and onions, a side of fries and something to wash it all down with right here in HMB...and that day is a mere 2-3 weeks away.
Sandy February 27, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Am from Philly and am truly excited about Jersey Joe's opening in March. I'll be at the front of the line!!!!
George Muteff February 27, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Sandy, love ya babe, but you better take a number!!! :) And please don't come round with Eagles noise. It's hard enough trying to keep Don in place. It's starting to hit a fever pitch. We're all excited and so looking forward to it - probably no more than Don himself.
David Ecksmogchecktech@sbcglobal.net March 13, 2013 at 06:58 PM
any idea when its opening i cant stop thinking about it.
Christa Bigue (Editor) March 29, 2013 at 06:59 PM
There's a chance that Jersey Joe's is having a soft opening today! Once Patch gets more details about the official opening, we'll let you know ASAP!
Daniel Ray March 29, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Dons a great guy, high standards, good heart, and will always take care of you even if you come in 2 minutes before closing time.

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