Most New Jersey residents have their favorite pizza place. But some might want to consider Pizza Corner at Cliffside Park, because owner Steve Hadz has his customers’ backs.
Hadz has been baking pies at the shop for 22 years. And all those years, an 84-year-old man walked a few blocks from his apartment for lunch — seven days a week.
“He takes eggplant, peppers and onions. Spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, you know? It depends on how he feels,” Hadz says.
Hadz says when this loyal customer didn’t show up at the store last Thursday, he knew something was wrong. He went to the man’s home to find out.
“I went knocking on the door. I heard his voice and I said, “He’s fine, you know?” Hadz said.
But on Friday, when the client once again failed to show up, Hadz says he knew something was seriously wrong.
“I said, ‘Let me check again,'” Hadz said. “When I came back, I knocked, he was asking for help. I said, ‘He’s definitely in trouble. He can’t get up to open the door for us.
Hadz called the police and they broke down the door. They found the man on the kitchen floor. He fell, hit his head and couldn’t get up.
“He was happy to see me. He looked at me and smiled,” Hadz said.
News 12 omitted the client’s name to protect his privacy.
Pizza Corner delivers to six cities, but this was a special delivery for a man who isn’t just a customer — he’s a friend.
Hadz says the client is like family and it’s unclear what might have happened if he hadn’t been there.
The client was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center. He is still there but we expect him to be fine. Now Pizza Corner is waiting for their good friend to come back through the front door for a slice.
The man’s family say they are grateful Hadz is there to watch over their loved one.