While John is from the area originally, he grew up in Phoenix before moving back to NJ in his early 20’s. With years of experience working in restaurants and missing the flavors he grew up with in Arizona, he created his own menu of recipes.

Heidi spent most of her life here in Ocean County working in the restaurant industry for nearly 20 years. In fact she met John while working together at a local restaurant. She's always enjoyed the fast paced, lively environment. But, what she's always loved the most is meeting fellow locals and serving familiar faces.

After moving into a new home together, John wanted an outdoor cooking area to host. Limited on yard space, the garage was their best option for outdoor cooking. Slowly, John transformed it into a fully functioning kitchen with picnic table seating just outside. They hosted several large parties showcasing some of his recipes. The garage kitchen gained a fun little following and it was decided that it needed to be named, and Pinto's Porch was born.

With their shared industry knowledge, passion for cooking and hosting, and positive feedback on the food, they decided to open up a place of their own. They are moving out of the garage and into a restaurant in Manahawkin, NJ and invite you all to come and eat at the "Porch."