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Nov 1, 2012 09:27 AM

Hurricane Damage to NJ Restaurants

Got this from Drew's Bayshore Bistro in Keyport:

"Hello everyone. First and Foremost we hope you all weathered Sandy well. We know a lot of folks in our area didn't do so well, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them. Where are we at Drew's? well Sandy wasn't too kind to us either, but we will be back. We had about 51/2 feet of water tear thru the bistro, and it's gonna be while before we put out the next batch of shrimp & grits. We're not sure when that is going to be, but we'll be sure to let you know! Hope to see you soon - Drew & Tracy"

I'll assume that Nemo, which is across the street on the bay side suffered similar damage.

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  1. Sallee Tee's is sort of deja vu. Not unexpected, but sad. 5 feet of water in the place, they are putting on their happy face and saying that it will take a couple of weeks to dry out and clean up before they can open again.

    And Kitchen Witch being gutted as we speak.

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    1. re: Deb Van D

      We ventured into Atlantic City on Friday night (despite the Mayor’s warning that we’d be going at our own risk)
      AC was pretty desolate, some businesses still had the boards over their windows and there were a few street lights out
      Definite increased police presence on the streets

      I am hesitant to post much about our dinner, because over the years, we’ve become quite familiar with the restaurants owned by the Dougherty family
      I will say that Dock’s Oyster House, the Knife & Fork and Harry’s all came away unscathed
      We had a fabulous meal on Saturday night and the place was nearly empty
      The food at Dock’s and K&F is consistently great, the service is warm and friendly

      If your favorite place is open, and you can afford the extra few bucks out of your pocket… GO!
      The people that work for tips who have been out of work could use your support
      Also, the small or new business owners may have insurance to cover any food lost, but the insurance doesn’t cover loss of revenue…

      1. re: cgarner

        Nj workers who have lost their jobs due to the storm are eligible for Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance. And this included those who are self employed.
        Here is the information:

        1. re: Quine

          "Self employed" is not the same as loss of income on your business
          if you own a restaurant and it has to close because of this type of a situation, no insurance company is paying you for those days that your doors are closed and customers are not coming in and buying your food

            1. re: eleeper

              Which in most states is usually a VERY SPECIAL add on or amendment.Not something that just happens without agents,actuaries and sub policies.

              1. re: eleeper

                which does not pay due to state of emergency!

      2. Drew's (fairly) new location unfortunately sits downhill of Front Street. Nemo's front took water but the entire backend including the new deck sat high enough not to be taken out even with the bay at their back sight view. The Red Sky Restaurant, Ye Cottage Inn, Mike's Subs, Hotdog guy and Keyport Fishery took hits to varying degree. Roads leading to Keyport's downtown are closed to most traffic and will be for some time while the cleanup at the bay continues.

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        1. re: HillJ

          How did Marucas Pizza on the Seaside boardwalk do during the storm & Aqua Blu, & Xena in
          Tom's River on the bay....Lobster Shanty, Daniels, in PPB? Avenue in Lb etc..

          1. re: Tapas52

            I just got off the phone w/a friend who lives in PPB, and she said it's a war zone nothing she's seen in her whole life, and she's been down there for decades. I can't imagine too many places in that town are okay right now.

            1. re: Tapas52

              Maruca's posted on their Facebook page that the store survived without any major damage.

              1. re: Njchicaa

                good to hear marucas survived ...but all around them is gone sad.

                I wonder also about the Atlantic bar & Grille

                1. re: Tapas52

                  I would seriously doubt if you could even find where the footprint of the Atlantic Grill was - sitting in the dunes as they did, and the storm surge -

                  1. re: JustJake

                    Seaside Park and South Seaside Park were barely touched. Waves never breached the dunes. Damage was on bayfront.

                    1. re: FWeats

                      Does that mean ABG is ok? Ditto for Ebby's?

                      1. re: veganhater

                        Think so but not sure. In Fl. now.

                        1. re: veganhater

                          The Atlantic Bar and Grill Is Fine with No Damage ..It is going to Reopen with The orignal Chef Mike Back in Feb or March and Not only is he the Chef But also The New Owner..From What I hear its going to be Called Chef Mike's ABG and will have some of the old ABG Favs Plus new Economy Friendly Tapas and Small Plates..will see

              2. re: HillJ

                Mike's Subs in Keyport was dismantled this week and The Red Sky intends to rebuild/reopen. Hot Dog guy is gone, Fishery is open for business. Ye Cottage Inn sustained a great deal of structural damage, no idea status. Nemo's is open for business. I do not know the status of Drew's place.

                1. re: HillJ

                  As of yesterday Drew's was still closed and it didn't even look as if any work had been started on cleaning it out etc.

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                  1. Does anyone know how the Crab's Claw in Lavallette fared?

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                    1. re: clambake44

                      I saw a picture of the building and it looked intact. No clue about water damage inside, though.

                      1. re: clambake44

                        I saw the pic, also. And it supposedly faired well. However, with all the other damage that Sandy wreaked on the island, it will be some time before anyone is going to be let back into the area anyway.