In 1937, Peter “Brains” Tumulty began operating a tavern at the corner of George and Washington Streets in downtown New Brunswick. (Don’t look for Washington Street – it doesn’t exist now.) “University Pub” as the tavern was known, was a watering hole for a colorful blend of New Brunswick townspeople, politicians, students, and businessmen. Rumor has it that if you had an inclination to place a wager on a horse, there were certain “customers” happy to help fulfill that inclination.
In 1964, Peter’s son Frank, a school teacher, and his wife, Helen, decided to buy the tavern and turn it into a restaurant. The Pub’s success grew until April 1, 1970, (yes, April Fool’s Day) when a fire destroyed the kitchen. Frank decided to tear down the old building, and in September of 1970, “Tumulty’s Pub” opened in “The New Building.”
Tumulty’s thrived during the ‘70s. it was the “First Date” restaurant for many Rutgers students, a meeting place for business people, and with the model electric trains roaming the dining rooms, a great place for parents to bring their children.
In the late 1970’s the revitalization of downtown New Brunswick began. With the support of the City and Johnson & Johnson, Tumulty’s moved to its present location in July, 1982. Frank and Helen retired in 1985. Their son Peter and son-in-law Bob Brandes have managed the business since.
The Tumulty family would like to thank you for visiting and we hope you enjoy New Brunswick’s Original Restaurant.