Tom was born in Williamsburg, PA and grew up in Pennsauken, NJ. He attended Rutgers University, graduating in 1969 with a degree in business administration. He was introduced to Veselka in 1965 while dating the original owner's daughter, Marta. Marta and Tom married the following year and Tom began working at Veselka part-time while completing his education at Rutgers. They have two children, Jason and Tom Jr. Tom took over the operation of the business in 1975 when his father in law died suddenly and has been running Veselka ever since with the help of his son, Jason. Tom and Marta eventually separated and Tom later married veterinarian Dr. Sally Haddock who owns St. Marks Veterinary Hospital. They have three children, Kristen, Todd and Sara.
City raised and a graduate of SUNY Albany, Jason has been working in Veselka since he was a teenager. Upon graduation in 1989, he was instrumental in opening Veselka up to 24 hours in 1991. In 1996 he ventured to Japan as an instructor in ESL, returning in 2000 to assist in daily operations. Today he continues to oversee all aspects and is always searching for new ventures to expose Veselka. Jason married in 2009 to Jessyka Cueva, and have one child, Sofia.
Lisa is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked at some of the top pastry houses including high end restauranteur Larry Forgione as well as the Beekman Tavern in Rhinebeck, New York. Lisa grew up on Long Island, baking with her mother, and she has a quality that the finest pastry chefs all seem to share: She's extremely well-organized, "if you stay organized, its not stressful", Lisa states. Lisa's assistance with the Veselka Cookbook was instrumental in its development.
My experience in the food industry began 25 years ago, when I first came to the United States from Poland. Veselka was my first place of employment and it is here where I acquired my solid background and advanced knowledge of the restaurant business. Looking to expend my skill set within the hospitality industry I left Veselka and began working at the Copacabana, a highly recognized banquet hall and nightclub. After 15 years of managing and overseeing private parties, I decided that it was time for a change and went back to my roots at Veselka. It is here that I am finally able to put my years of experience to work and I am also able to attain new skills each day. Being of a European decent, Vesselka has become my second home and my coworkers have become my second family.
Gary is a third generation restaurateur -his grandfather owned cafeterias in Times Square, and his father and uncle ran a well known steakhouse. A former Veselka customer Gary is excited to bring his welcoming ways as the newest member of our team, and excited about now being able to eat here for free.
(aka Sunshine) Manager
I started the adventure with my VESELKA family 7 years ago when I came to the United States from Poland. For the first year I was on the opening team of LITTLE VESELKA. I became a server on the overnight crew and that's when my life got interesting !!! And let me tell You - we had the time of our lives...It was during those years when I learned to love the business. 2 years ago I became a proud member of the management team! I am honored to be a part of a diverse family that allows me to embrace my culture and share it. WORKING LIVING LOVING.
“I just wanted to give it all up and become a handsome billionaire, but Veselka came knocking and I re-considered.”