(7. coming soon)
A shot of the lounge looking southward towards the main portion of
Tony Mart’s. This photograph was taken from behind the lounge
bar and shows bar action in front of some of the psychedelic
wall hangings and signs of the zodiac.
(6. coming soon)
The early 70’s. This showed the psychedelic colors painted onto Tony
Mart’s in late 1969 during the transition from it’s prior “collegiate look”
to a hipper more “psychedelic” look featuring Day-Glo and wall decorations
with fluorescent lighting depicting the signs of the zodiac and other
(5. coming soon)
A photograph of the “Main Bar” with the oval scene from the main door or “A”
Door of Tony Mart’s. This main door is to the back of the photographer
with the small side bar to the left and the “Triangle Bar” to the right.
This photograph, taken in 1974, still shows the Main bar as a full oval.
This was altered in late 1976/early 1977.
The Main Bar was the scene of raucous and intense action for many years
in the late 50’s, 60’s ,70’s and early 80’s. It actually had five
stations but was usually operated by one to four bartenders depending on
the magnitude of the business. It also had a draft beer box
capable of dispensing from three kegs.
This is a view of the interior of Tony Marts looking forward or
eastward towards the front door and the bay. This photograph is taken
from the snack bar the farthest back from the front door. To the left
is the small “Cherry Bar” and moving forward to the right is the Main Bar
with the stage and “L-Bar” on the left further down.
excellent photograph of the central area of Tony Mart’s taken from the
stairs leading to the elevated seating area of Jr’s Lounge. To
the immediate left are the front doors. In the foreground is the
“Square Bar”. To the far left is the oval-shaped “Main Bar”.
In the center is the main or central stage with the “L-Bar” stretching
around from the right side of the stage and then along from the rear of
the stage to the left. Behind the L-Bar is the dance floor and
then the “Back Bar” or the draft beer bar. Seated with the white
blouse is Maris Evoy, Roger Evoy’s wife and faithful Tony Mart
devotee. In the right foreground is the very front of the
“Lounge Bar”. This was a huge bar that was approximately 100 feet
long and 40 to 50 feet wide. There was a stage behind this bar to
the far right (not depicted). There was also a small stage to the
far left behind the Main Bar in front of the air conditioner and
in front on the Altec Lansing “Voice of the Theater” speaker to the left
of the air conditioner.
is the Mace that performed at Tony Mart’s in 1974. They were actually
the second Mace with the replacement of the original front man, “Tony
Cherry” by a new front man, PJ, who favored several Bruce Springsteen songs
including “Rosalita” and “Tenth Ave Freezeout” as
their signature dance songs along with The Rolling Stones and David
Bowie as “Ziggie Stardust” also quite popular at the time.
In this photograph, are, from left to right, the drummer and leader of
the band, Joe Samino, who had a great relationship with Tony Mart.
This meant that he was reliable and reasonably priced and he was able to
control his group and make certain that they performed on time and
played never-ending dance music in order to, as Tony Mart would put it,
“Keep the room moving” at all times. The theory was very simple:
sweating and dancing sold drinks. Just above Joe standing of the
left is the late John Leafhead, keyboard player. In the center is
the front man, P.J. and to his right, was the lead guitar player whose
name was also John. Below seated on the right was Dave the Bass
player. His classic white charger is seen in several of the
exterior photos of Tony Mart’s from that season.
is a magical picture that captures some of the excitement and ambiance of a
night at Tony Mart’s. The focus of the picture is the enormous “Follow the
Arrow” neon sign that was and probably will forever be the largest neon sign in
the city of Somers Point. This picture shows the parking lot to the
immediate south of Tony Mart’s. The parking lot is where “Steels Ship Bar”
stood until it burned in a fire in 1967. Tony Mart purchased Steels Ship
Bar, demolished it and made it into the parking lot you see. The small
building with the light on top of it, to the left of this photo, was actually a
warehouse that belonged to Steels Ship Bar and was then converted into “the
ice-house” to be utilized as yet another warehouse and storage area for the
Herculean Tony Mart operation. The front apartment over the main entrance
was probably occupied by one of the custodian porters at the time, Armando
Romero or his brother Abraham.
At this time, in 1974, the rear upper apartments were still occupied by
musicians. Mace was living there and may have been performing on
the center stage at the time of this photograph.