Nellie Tutt's

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Nellie Tutt's


1207 Springwood Ave. Asbury Park, NJ

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1207 Springwood Avenue was located in the heart of Asbury Park’s West Side business district. According to the 1930 Sanborn insurance map, 1207 was a three-story brick structure with a one-story frame porch to the rear. That address is now part of Springwood Center, a mixed-use building, completed in 2012.

Source: Sanborn Map Co., Insurance Maps of New Jersey Coast, New Jersey, Vol. 2 (1930), sheet 201.

Detailed History

Listed in The Green Book for almost the entire run of the publication, Nellie Tutt’s was a West Side institution. Incorrectly listed as “Nellie Fritts” from 1939 through 1941, the restaurant was listed as “Nellie Tutt’s” from 1946 through 1967.

The restaurant was operated by Mrs. Nellie Kendrick. According to her obituary, she was born in Calvert County, Maryland and lived in Asbury Park for 53 years, until her death at 83 in 1977. Her husband, Mr. Robert C. Kendrick, was also known as the owner and operator of the establishment. His obituary stated that he was a veteran of World War I.

Sources: US census, 1930; Polk’s Asbury Park City Directory, 1940 and 1945; “Mrs. R.C. Kendrick,” Asbury Park Press, 25 August 1977; “Robert. C. Kendrick,” Asbury Park Press, 26 October 1973.


J. Shaffer

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