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Mixx - Manasquan

While passing the former Inn on Main yesterday, I noticed papered windows and construction activity. Apparently, a new restaurant will be opening there soon. The "sign" read "Mixx, An American Bistro."

I certainly have no idea what to expect and am a bit disappointed that my dream of a Trinity/Labrador spawn (where I always ate for free) would open in the space. Nevertheless, given the state of small town New Jersey (as discussed a bit here: http//chowhound.chow.com/topics/622628 ), it's comforting to see some life coming back to my dopey hometown. We shall see . . . .

On a barely related note, Maria's recently sold as the Bertucci family is retiring from the business after 40 years. My thanks to them!

The new owner apparently intends to maintain the status quo, at least for a while. My understanding is that he previously owned a restaurant "up north" - which in Manasquan can mean anywhere from West Long Branch to Sussex County.

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  1. On Monday afternoon, nothing had changed at the Inn. By Monday night they had already started working on the space. On Tuesday, my business partner noticed that the room had been redone, with a banquette under the window, no sign at the time. By the time we went back to look, the windows had been covered with the Mixx name. They have been working on the space ever since, including Friday night at 8:00 pm.

    I also heard that Maria's had sold. I know a couple of deals had been in the works over the last year or so but all had fallen through. My source thought the new owner was from Freehold.

    In other Manasquan news, I see the former Sweet Cow location on Rte 71 is going to be a Mexican grocery and the bakery location next door is now something like the Surf Cafe, featuring muffalettas.

    The former Abby B's (near the beach) is now called Beach Monkey Bistro. According to the ad in the Coast Star, Dennis Foy is a consulting chef. They are open for breakfast 8 - 1 on Sat and Sun and 5:30 to 10 Fri - Sun for dinner. It will be interesting to see if they can make it at that location. The other 2 places there went out pretty quickly.

    Finally, the former Bayou Cafe is another place also with surf in the name. Haven't had a chance to get any additional info though people were eating breakfast there last Sunday morning.

    I hope to have some time to get to the beach this weekend to gather additional info on these two places.

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    1. re: missybean

      "My source thought the new owner was from Freehold." Like I said, it's all "up north" to me!

      I am excited by these new developments, although I would imagine it to be a bit menacing for you guys (BTW - we had a very tasty Corn Chowder from the Riptide not too long ago!)

      If you do go up to the beach, take notice of the new stand by Gee Gee's - the two-part sign reads: "Sushi" on one frame and "Taco's" on the other. "Taco's what?" I was left to wonder. "Yuck!" was my next thought.

      1. re: MGZ

        Had hoped to get a chance to check out a couple of these new places but did not get the time. Oh well - there is always next week (unless of course something does't last the week).

        Glad you enjoyed the soup. We make them all ourselves. Every time we think about taking soup of the menu for summer, we get a million request for it.

      2. re: missybean

        I looked at the photocopied (and poorly proofread) menu in the window at MoNKEY (formerly, Abby-B's). They purport to have a wood-burning oven and use local produce. We figure on giving them a try some weeknight - I'll risk $20 for a chance at something special.

      3. Mixx apparently opened yesterday. I had a chance to take a brief look at the menu outside the building – sort of standard New American fare. I hope they do well and look forward to trying it. In fact, we would probably go tonight if we were not fasting in anticipation of another special occasion “mercy” dinner at Trinity.

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          1. A client gave us a gift certificate yesterday and it is our intention to go soon. I will post our thoughts (though they will likely be censored). The client really enjoyed it.

            Also, Manasquan's weekly Farmer's Market began today. It's small, but you know how the song goes . . . .