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AMA - Sea Bright

carlylecat Aug 27, 2012 11:17 AM

The sign for the new location of Ama is up in front of The Driftwood Cabana Club on Ocean Avenue

Does anyone know if they have had a soft opeing yet or when the official opening night will be?

Their web site has not been updated

  1. fershore Aug 28, 2012 12:44 PM

    I called Driftwood. I was told that they hope to open for Labor Day weekend, but it's possible that the opening will push out to the following weekend. They do not yet have phone number dedicated to the restaurant.

    4 Replies
    1. re: fershore
      carlylecat Aug 28, 2012 02:14 PM

      Thank you for doing that, can't believe I did not think of that

      I am really looking forward to seeing what how this turns out - fairly exciting

      Any thoughts / predictions???

      1. re: carlylecat
        Papa Bing Aug 28, 2012 05:38 PM

        Just hope it doesn't go from cozy and really good food to too large and mediocre food, say like Mr. Cs did some years back.

        1. re: carlylecat
          fershore Aug 29, 2012 05:20 AM

          Well, considering the location, opening after Labor Day seems risky. The good news is that they'll have plenty of time to work out any kinks by next summer.

          I never dined at the original location. If it's good, I will be loyal all year long.

          1. re: fershore
            RGR Aug 29, 2012 10:28 AM

            We dined at Ama for the first time a few months ago. As one who has never found an Italian restaurant in the area that's anything but awful, I was very impressed with Ama's food and really liked the charming ambiance. We intended to go back but didn't manage to do so before the move.

            Frankly, I'm leery about this kind of change because too often when restaurants expand, the food quality deteriorates and the restaurant loses its soul. That said, Chef Pat Trama is extremely talented and has very high standards, so I hope that will mean the food at this new location will be just as wonderful, and that whatever they are doing with the decor will make it feel like the old Ama.

            Photos of our Ama dinner (Atlantic Highlands location): http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157629495906648/


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