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rose-jonAsbury Park Press

Sarah Griesemer, @sarahegriesemer11:29 a.m. EDT July 20, 2015

Many of us will celebrate summer with a backyard party, but no one looks forward to spending the days before preparing and the hours afterward cleaning up. And we certainly don't want to desert our guests while we man the grill or finish up the side dishes.

If that sounds familiar, Jonnie G's could be just what you're looking for. The mobile restaurant, which until recently could be found along the beach in Asbury Park, is taking things on the road.

"Parties and events are where we shine," owner Rose Grossman of Ocean Township said in a news release. "Over the past year the demand has been huge, but with our commitment to the beach over the weekend, we couldn't fulfill all those requests.

"Now our schedule will allow us to take on more of these events, where we are particularly suited," said Grossman, who started Jonnie G's with her husband, Jon, in 2003. "People like being guests at their own party. By hiring us, people get quality food without the bother of planning, cooking, and setting up. Guests still get excellent food, but it's much easier on the host."

Here's how it works: When Jonnie G's caters a private party, the Grossmans provide unlimited food service for two and a half hours, including drinks, paper products, condiments and trash removal. They cook up everything from hamburgers, mini burgers, hot dogs and french fries to crispy chicken sandwiches, Maryland crab cakes and veggie burgers. They also do clambakes — the menu includes lobster, clams, shrimp, corn on the cob and more.

And it is clear the food is good: Monmouth Health & Life magazine named Jonnie G's as having the best comfort food, best burger and best food truck, Grossman said.

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