NORTH JERSEY’s Little Food Inn Owners Say Post COVID-19 Is All About Giving Back and Adapting

(BAYONNE & PEQUANNOCK, NJ) Little Food Inn has made a big impact on the communities it calls home, having churned out American comfort food at its original cafe storefront on John F. Kennedy Blvd. in Bayonne since 2003, and at its inn on Newark Pompton Turnpike since 2008.

During the pandemic, owner Dana VanDecker explained, she and her husband, Aaron, did their best to stay in business while also supporting those getting hardest hit, telling New Jersey Monthly’s Table Hopping Blog, that they donated meals to local hospitals at the peak of the crisis.

“Charities contacted me and we wanted to contribute our part also. So if they ordered lunch for 50 people, I would try to match them and I’d contribute another 50 free meals to go to the hospital workers. Whatever we could do, we did and I was grateful and appreciative that people were thinking of us,” said VanDecker.

As Little Food Inn continues to make sense of a new normal, the VanDeckers are looking to expand their menu to include new healthy meal plans.

“We have totally adapted during the last six months. Whatever we needed to be, we could be,” added VanDecker. “We’re like chameleons. Whatever anybody wants, I can make.”


The roasted vegetable and goat cheese sandwich in all of its glory from the Little Food Inn in #PEQUANNOCKNJ. (📸: @thelittlefoodinn).