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Hoagie Haven

Hoagie Haven
Restaurant information
Established 1974
Current owner(s) Mike Maltabes
Niko Maltabes
Costa Maltabes
Food type North American cuisine
Dress code Casual
Street address 242 Nassau St
City Princeton
State New Jersey
Postal code/ZIP 08542
Country United States
Website .com.hoagiehavenwww

Hoagie Haven (also known as Haven or The Haven) is an [2] The store was repurchased from the Russos in 2005 and is currently owned by Mike, Niko, and Costa Maltabes.[3]


The store was owned by Emily and George Roussos in 1976 after they purchased the eatery from relatives. They provided an informal dining location for students and residents looking for a quick meal.[2] In 1988, Hoagie Haven sold the restaurant to George Angeletopoulos and Konstantinos Liras under a 15 year contract. The Roussos founded the neighboring George's Roasters & Ribs in 1993, which they managed until 2005.[2] Angeletopoulos's contract expired in 2003 and they returned to Greece. Emily and George Roussos returned as owners and brought back many features they took with them including a hand-crank cash register from the store’s opening.[2]

In 2005, Mike, Niko, and Costa Maltabes, relatives of George Angeletopoulos, purchased Hoagie Haven and George's Roasters & Ribs from the Russos.[3] In 2012, the Maltabes opened the pizzeria, Slice Between, located between the two eateries and currently own all three dining establishments.[4][5] Subway opened a store on 252 Nassau St. to compete with the Haven.[6] In 2015, the Subway franchise closed, having proved unprofitable. Local news sources cited the Haven's strong customer loyalty and quoted residents who considered the Haven to provide better food at a better price.[7]


The menu features a variety of items, most of which include hot and cold hoagies, cheesesteaks, hamburgers, fries, gyros, sandwiches, and soups. Haven offers some specialty sandwiches including the Body Bag, Heart Stop, The Bloch, and the Dirty Sanchez.[8] Haven also added several Fat Sandwiches in 2003 inspired by the Grease Trucks.[8]

Popular culture

Hoagie Haven is a hot spot in Princeton. Many residents and students from Princeton University and neighboring high schools regularly eat at the Haven and it remains popular throughout the night.[9] Hoagie Haven serves between 300 and 500 hoagie orders per day and is supplied by Italian People's Bakery.[10][11] Hoagie Haven was referred to on The Daily Show as one of Jon Stewart's favorite restaurants during an interview with John Popper.[12]


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External links

  • Official website

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