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NEW Cracker Barrel to open on Rt9 / Rt37 Toms River

This is the talk going on around town in the new Shoprite Plaza where the Old Time Tavern once stood.

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  1. there is also a rumor a cracker barrel will open a restaurant right by the jersey shore premium outlets

    1. We have been waiting for a Cracker Barrel down here. We were just at the Shop Rite today and wondering what was going there. Figured it would be a chain, they are the only things that seem to be popular. I was kind of hoping for a Joe's Crab Shack though. Well all the seniors will be thriled.

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      Joe's Crab Shack
      3191 US Highway 1, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

      1. Sweet - now I have a reason to go on living.

        1. People have to realize this is the Toms River equivalent of Thomas Keller opening a spot in town.

          I'm so glad I finally got out.

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          1. re: BeerWeezil

            I have to agree with you ...TR great place to live.....bad place to eat.. ;-(

            1. re: Tapas52

              Not family with TR at all, but isn't there a guy that won in an episode on Foodnetwork "Chopped" who owns a restaurant there?

              1. re: yCf

                I believe the previous owner of Bistro 44 had won on Chopped. The restaurant is still open,but I have not been there since it changed hands.

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                Bistro 44
                44 Washington St Ste 2C, Toms River, NJ 08753

                1. re: rmurphy

                  Yes Eric Chef Erik Weatherspool is no longer at Bistro 44 it certainly was the best restaurant in TR....

                  I saw this post on facebook also...

                  "WE WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR A GREAT RIDE! Chef Erik weatherspool and wife Kelly have left Bistro 44. Staff staying on new things. Support the local business man! You will be missed

                  Love the Weatherspools
                  bon appetite"

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                  Bistro 44
                  44 Washington St Ste 2C, Toms River, NJ 08753

                  1. re: rmurphy

                    I saw this post on facebook.....

                    "WE WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR A GREAT RIDE! Chef Erik weatherspool and wife Kelly have left Bistro 44. Staff staying on new things. Support the local business man! You will be missed

                    Love the Weatherspools
                    bon appetite

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                    Bistro 44
                    44 Washington St Ste 2C, Toms River, NJ 08753

                2. re: Tapas52

                  Did you ever wonder why that is? We certainly live in a pretty populated area, plus we get the shore traffic...are the demographics wrong? Too old? Too poor?

                  1. re: Jerseygirl111

                    I think its the location......TR is in the triangle of New York, Philly, & AC, seasonal crowds on the shore only 5 months out of the year, an over abundance of +55 retirement communities...and the rest commuters traveling 1 1/2 hours RT on average to work.
                    Lets add in the powers to be building every fast food restaurant in creation along our main roads dotted with 24hr WAWAS which now offer all kinds of hot foods at low prices all pushing the mom & pop places off the map.....and lets face it around here 9PM is nite nite time downtown main Street TR is a ghost town at night.... if you want Redbank, Asbury Park, Long Branch, Freehold type eateries you have to travel to them....

                    1. re: Tapas52

                      Unless something has changed, this rumor was denied by Cracker Barrel back in February.
                      http://tomsriver.patch.com/articles/c...

                      1. re: bgut1

                        Rumors are just that ...Rumors?.....I guess we have to wait to see what they put in the space...I wouldn't get excited after all it's Toms River.... ;-)

                        1. re: Tapas52

                          update:

                          They have started building something right next to the shoprite ion one of the PAd spaces.....but there is no signs, info or any talk I have heard of what it will be?....anyone?