Coffee, doughnuts and a Real Housewife of New Jersey.
Melissa and Joey Gorga of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” were on the scene at the Dunkin’ on Ocean Avenue in Belmar during lunchtime on Wednesday, Sept. 9, to help the Tri-State coffee and baked goods franchises kick off their post-Labor Day seasons.
The Gorgas served customers and also talked Dunkin’ and the upcoming Season 11 of “RHONJ.” The cast has been filming at the Jersey Shore, including dinner at La Mondina in Brielle on Sept. 3.
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“We’re out and about filming,” Melissa said. “We’re trying to be secret about it but it’s not really working for us because we’re all over the town. It’s definitely a different season for us because of COVID and the masks and the virus. It’s definitely a different feel for us this year because we’re seated outside, and there’s a lot more filming in our homes. Wow, it’s going to be very powerful, I can tell you that. It’s been amazing.”
Both “RHONJ” cast member Jennifer Aydin and “Housewives” franchise founder Andy Cohen tested positive for COVID-19.
“We all have heavy mind over this,” Melissa said. “We’re all mothers and we’re trying to finagle filming and trying to set my kids up at home virtually (for school) and I had to run here today and all my kids are sitting in front of computers. You can’t help but want to (hover) over them but moms have to go to work. We have things to do — it’s a very trying time for moms who have to work right now.”
As for the Dunkin’s, Joey’s there every day.
“Just a medium coffee, cream and sugar,” Joey said. “I’m good.”
“That’s his thing, and I’m a latte girl,” Melissa said. “Right now, I’m drinking a pumpkin spice latte. Normally I’ll get a vanilla swirl latte. That’s my favorite, too.”
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The Gorgas have a house in Montville and also at the Shore in Toms River.
“We’re always down here so it’s very authentic for us to be filming down here,” Melissa said.
They were quite a surprise behind the counter.
“I couldn’t believe it because I watch them all the time,” said Doris Briggs. “I was on the way down to get an afternoon coffee and I was the first one.”
Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]
This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: RHONJ: Melissa, Joey Gorga hit Jersey Shore Dunkin’, talk new season, serve up donuts