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Jan 12, 2009 07:53 PM

Old Time Tavern Knocked down today in Toms River

Well another Landmark Restaurant is gone, the bulldozers leveled it, lots of good's sad what is going on out there. The Old Time Tavern on RT 9 is no longer.

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  1. Tapas - While I agree that it's sad that a landmark has been torn down, it is being done to replace the eyesore that is the Dover Mall and to me that's progress.

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    1. re: bgut1

      bgut1 Dover mall is an eyesore but next we'll have all the clone chain restaurants in there soon too like every other town in NJ & beyond......what kind of progress is that?
      Do we really need another Houlihan's, Longhorn, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Johnny Corrinos, etc, etc, etc ?...that is the sad part but it inevitably what is to come. The Old Time Tavern was a very old historic building also, they could of at least remodeled it instead of the wrecking ball.....progress? Phooooey!

      Btw any new places you been too I love your reviews?


      1. re: Tapas52

        They've been in the process of tearing it down for weeks now; have they finally finished the operation?

        The way I understand it, the building has been modified and renovated so many times over the years that it no longer qualifies as a "historic" building, although its original pedegree is significant. Basically, they started changing it before the Township was particularly strict about these sort of things so it got essentially reverse grandfathered in, if that makes sense. So really any value it held had been washed away and why they were able to demolish it.

        Frankly, I'm not going to miss it, but I'm sure the older drinking crowd and the early-bird set undoubtedly will. Actually, what many, many people were really, REALLY upset about was that the Dover Diner, once just next door where now stands an almost completed, sure to be totally vacant office building, which was a true landmark, was also similarly dispatched. Hands down, best diner around and I'm sorry it took me so long to discover it, wasting my teenage and college years at the Toms River Diner. Well, I don't regret the time I spent there, but the food at the Dover Diner was so much better.

        Actually, we noticed that they removed the old-style, original "diner car" portion, leaving the extended kitchen area. I suspect they've moved it to some storage location somewhere and we may see it show up somewhere again.

        1. re: Tapas52

          Tapas - Let's wait and see what they put in the "new" Dover Mall. As far as any new places, none yet. Sorry.

          1. re: bgut1

            Really not sure what the fuss is all about. The Olde Time Tavern was never a really good place to eat anyway. The food was just Ok and the service was no better.

            1. re: Babs16

              I agree ,that place was @ best awful ,but the building /location /parking could have given someone else a good shot ,maybe the Rams Head ,Manor type operations ..

              1. re: big1515

                Well I doubt you'll see Manor anything there ....instead get ready for CHAIN Franchise on Steroids all over that tract of land....very soon.

            2. re: bgut1

              bgut1 I see there is a Big sign on the site asking for Business Bids for the new plaza so who knows what will turn up....we'll see?

              1. re: Tapas52

                Tapas52, I've got to read that when I get home, thanks!

                But I wouldn't bet on "very soon;" they've had plans for redevelopment of the property for years and nothing has come of it. It seems it's taken them a decade and a half just to get the original tenents to move out. Why they're in a rush to knock down the Old Time Tavern and the Dover Diner is beyond me, particularly in this market.

                1. re: BeerWeezil

                  BeerWeezil ....I hear you....but with the development of shopping centers all over the area in the last few years maybe the owner Donofrio is ready to make a move...on teh site of the Dover diner next door to the Old Time Tavern is his new business offices being built as we speak.
                  its a large tract of land which includes a road revitalization widening & traffic patterns also.....once they lease all the new businesses & level the old buildings all things will move very swiftly. We'll see for sure.

                  take care

                  1. re: Tapas52

                    We know (of) Mr. D well; my grandparents had a shop in the Dover Mall for almost 25 years. Ah, so that building is his, eh?

                    1. re: BeerWeezil

                      BeerWeezil .....Thats what I heard its Mr, D's corporate office....
                      should be interesting to see what progresses on the site for sure......
                      stay tuned!