meet the crew

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T.C.
- General Manager -
- Restaurant Concept & Design -

ABOUT

When it comes to creating and running successful casual dining concepts in the city of Trenton, T.C. Nelson has skill, experience, and the luck of the Irish on his side. Along with his sister and brother, he developed, owned and operated the original Trenton Bagel until 2003 - and simultaneously ran a bustling cafe at the NJ State Museum. After working in finance for a few years following the sale of those businesses, Nelson was ready to return to the capital city, roll up his sleeves, and open a bar/restaurant that would serve as a Trenton's gathering place. In late in 2010, he set his sights set on 449 South Broad Street, having had a vision for the space for years. Nelson's longtime friend and property owner, Roland Pott, issued him a challenge ...and he immediately accepted. Within days, Nelson and his fiancee Leanna came up with the name Trenton Social ... and in just three months, doors opened to the public. Trenton Social's anniversary is celebrated in style every St. Patrick's Day. Nelson is responsible for the daily operations and entertainment bookings at Trenton Social.

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Byron
- Head Cook -
- Kitchen Manager -

ABOUT

This is Byron's second tour alongside T.C. Nelson. He was a line cook at Trenton Bagel, where the two became good friends. After hearing of T.C.'s plans to open Trenton Social, he reached out while the space was still undergoing its transformation, and was quickly hired to execute Social's menu. Hailing from Guatemala, he brings exciting new flavors and dishes to the menu, and cool, calm and "calidad" leadership to the kitchen - always with his trademark smile.

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Maria
- Line Cook -
- Prep Cook -

ABOUT

Maria keeps Trenton Social's kitchen running like a well-oiled machine. She preps ingredients, finishes plates and assists on the line when the bar and dining room are bustling. Even on the busiest days, Maria and her husband Byron control the kitchen with great skill and good humor.

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Gabrielle
- Server -
- Banquet Coordinator -

ABOUT

Gab has been a trusted resource at Trenton Social since opening day, bringing her valuable restaurant experience to both dining room and bar operations. She handles the details of set-up and service for larger parties, and is quick to remember your name and favorite drink after just one visit.

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Robin
- Server -
- Line Cook -

ABOUT

Robin came to Trenton Social from one of the area's premier restaurants, Rat's at Grounds for Sculpture. She has been an integral part of the team since the beginning, providing both front-of-house and back-of-house expertise. Trenton Social allowed her to pursue her love of cooking, as she quickly learned the menu and now takes the reins in the kitchen on Sundays. Robin also creates many of the desserts offered on Trenton Social's menu.

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Peter
- Bartender -
- Mixologist -

ABOUT

If you've been served by Pete, you already know he brings an undeniably friendly vibe to the bar. He’s the ultimate team player, an instant hit with patrons, and the red-headed host with the most. Pete served our country in the Army before returning to Trenton ... so you know there's no cleaner or more organized bar in Trenton now that he's on board.

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Benjamin
- Bartender -
- Mixologist -
- Tea Master -

ABOUT

The newest face smiling at you from behind the granite is the always-gracious Benny. Not only does he make a mean cocktail and great conversation, he also brews his signature tea blends exclusively for Trenton Social ... but you have to be here when he's working to order one up! You can see Benny showcase his musical talents every week at Trenton Social as the host of Tuesday Night Open Mic.