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equal_Mark Nov 1, 2012 09:27 AM

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.

  1. Deb Van D Nov 1, 2012 09:39 AM

    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
      cgarner Nov 5, 2012 10:21 AM

      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
        Quine Nov 6, 2012 07:09 AM

        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
          cgarner Nov 6, 2012 01:51 PM

          "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: cgarner
            eleeper Nov 8, 2012 05:42 AM

            Actually, there is "business interruption" insurance: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business...

            1. re: eleeper
              lcool Nov 8, 2012 10:47 AM

              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
                rcript Feb 28, 2013 05:01 AM

                which does not pay due to state of emergency!

      2. h
        HillJ Nov 3, 2012 05:04 AM

        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
          Tapas52 Nov 4, 2012 01:23 PM

          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
            Curlz Nov 4, 2012 02:00 PM

            I just got off the phone w/a friend who lives in PPB, and she said it's a war zone there...like 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
              Njchicaa Nov 5, 2012 08:51 AM

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

              1. re: Njchicaa
                Tapas52 Nov 5, 2012 12:51 PM

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

                I wonder also about the Atlantic bar & Grille

                1. re: Tapas52
                  JustJake Nov 6, 2012 09:08 AM

                  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
                    FWeats Nov 17, 2012 12:55 PM

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

                    1. re: FWeats
                      veganhater Dec 19, 2012 08:13 AM

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

                      1. re: veganhater
                        FWeats Dec 19, 2012 11:12 AM

                        Think so but not sure. In Fl. now.

                        1. re: veganhater
                          fondofu Dec 19, 2012 11:37 AM

                          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
                HillJ Nov 13, 2012 04:13 AM

                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
                  jrvedivici Nov 13, 2012 07:16 AM

                  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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                clambake44 Nov 5, 2012 12:12 PM

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

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                1. re: clambake44
                  Njchicaa Nov 5, 2012 12:56 PM

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

                  1. re: clambake44
                    gigotz Nov 6, 2012 06:43 AM

                    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.

                    1. re: clambake44
                      rcript Feb 28, 2013 05:02 AM

                      The Crab's Claw Inn is now open!

                    2. corvette johnny Nov 5, 2012 02:31 PM

                      Sea bright, from what I have seen on the internet, is an absolute mess. I don't think much is doing well there at all.

                      Sally Tee got hit hard...

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                      1. re: corvette johnny
                        equal_Mark Nov 5, 2012 04:18 PM

                        Keep in mind that the picture of Sally Tees was taken about 10 hours before the worst of the storm hit!

                        1. re: equal_Mark
                          corvette johnny Nov 6, 2012 06:14 AM

                          yeah I heard it was a mess down there. did anything in seabright survive? I heard something about woodys cooking for for the workers in seabright so they might be still standing.

                          1. re: corvette johnny
                            equal_Mark Nov 6, 2012 09:16 AM

                            Woody's suffered minimal damage, and has joined up with chefs from AMA, Sea Bright Pizza, Yumi and Fromegerie to cook hot meals for first responders, National Guard and contractors working to restore Sea Bright to some semblance of normalcy.

                            1. re: equal_Mark
                              JustJake Nov 6, 2012 09:24 AM

                              Nice. If anyone needs it, it's the responders in the Sea Bright, Highlands, Monmouth Beach area. Are there still around 50 folks missing and unaccounted for in Sea Bright?

                      2. JustJake Nov 6, 2012 09:06 AM

                        I do believe that everything in the Highlands is gone. Bay Ave (I don't know that Joe will rebuild as his wheels are going and I wouldn't be surprised if he either retired or is looking to FL to restart). Wind n Sea - Gone. Clam hut - Gone, Lusty Lobster - Gone, Inlet Cafe - Gone, Bahrs - Gone, Moby Dick - Gone. Grimaldi's - Gone.

                        Matisse in Belmar - Gone. My friend who is a line chef at Drew's has already applied for UE. But they will rebuild.

                        Mr. C's Allenhurst - Gone. Mc Loones in Sea Bright - looks like it may be a tear down with the AP location having taken a good amount of water to the first floor.

                        Don't know about Whispers, Black Trumpet in Spring Lake. I'm sure that there is nothing left of the Atlantic Grill. Don't know how my favorite sushi spot, Izu did, but wouldn't be suprised if it's gone. Anything in Sea Bright (Woody's, Yumi) are also probably on the ropes. Spoke with one of the owners at Sea Bright Pizza and they're throwing in the towel, as they only recently reopened after Irene. Don''t know about the Flaky Tart - I think that they're ok.

                        It's going to be a real long time before us locals get back to normal. For all of the restaurants that I cited in the Highlands, ALL the residents lost their homes, everything. Highland's PD are having them park on the hill to run this out and the scene of those in need at OL of Perpetual Help there on #36 was heartbreaking. Give what you can (time, money, clothing).

                        It is so so very sad and depressing down here.

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                        1. re: JustJake
                          equal_Mark Nov 6, 2012 09:25 AM

                          Long Branch in general is at a much higher elevation than other nearby shore towns. As a result the buildings and other structures suffered much less direct damage.

                          The upshot? For one, Izu Sushi is currently open for business.

                          1. re: JustJake
                            fershore Nov 7, 2012 06:46 AM

                            Lusty Lobster per an email and their website plans to reopen soon. Woody's does as well.

                            I cannot image a life without Sea Bright pizza. It's the best.

                            1. re: JustJake
                              jrvedivici Nov 7, 2012 03:28 PM

                              @ JustJake....I was in the Highlands this past Saturday Nov. 3rd and I can tell you that the Lusty Lobster is still there.....Bahrs is still there......Grimaldi's is still there.....Moby's is still there.......I don't know the amount of damage they received internally however externally the structures are still there and look "sound".........I'm not sure where you received your information from but I am happy to say it is inaccurate.

                              1. re: jrvedivici
                                JustJake Nov 8, 2012 07:07 AM

                                Thanks. I had assumed that as the WindnSea was crushed, that many nearby restaurants incurred the same fate. Couple that with the numbers of homeless standing in line for aid at OLPH up on the hill - and I missed, and hope that your report is correct, but there's no discounting that just because a business is still standing, doesn't mean it's going to be able to get back up on it's feet in a few weeks, let alone a few months.

                                Relative to SB Pizza, that's great news and the information I received was incorrect. I know that it's only been a few of months that they've reopened after Irene - and then to get knocked on one's a## again, I could understand.

                                While I do hope that all return, it is not going to be easy - and some, will not regardless of what they tell you at this point. Has anyone heard as to Joe Romanowski's building and what he intends on doing? I love SB Pizza, but losing BAT would be tough as it remains my favorite restaurant down here.

                                1. re: JustJake
                                  jrvedivici Nov 8, 2012 10:40 AM

                                  I'm not sure where or what OLPH is...but I did stand in a soup line at a Church next to the Highlands Town Hall for a cup of coffee while I was there. A good friend of mine lived on Ocean Ave....about 10 houses from the water.....I brought him in to see/asses the damage. The water line in his home was about 3/4 feet high.........the town while devastated did survive and should thrive once again. It will take time like everything else.

                                  1. re: jrvedivici
                                    JustJake Nov 10, 2012 05:01 PM

                                    Our Lady of Perpetual Help up on the highway

                                    1. re: JustJake
                                      jrvedivici Nov 13, 2012 07:17 AM

                                      I was back in town yesterday and Bahr's had a sign they were open for business!!

                              2. re: JustJake
                                MichelleM131 Nov 7, 2012 05:44 PM

                                Just a note ~ our business is two doors down from Sea Bright pizza and Cono is definitely not throwing in the towel. We were together for hours yesterday, at our devastated stores, and he was leading the, 'Stop crying! We rebuild and put it behind us!" cry. Sea Bright pizza is his love and his livelihood, as was our store, Gracie & the Dudes.

                                1. re: MichelleM131
                                  TomT Nov 8, 2012 06:39 AM

                                  Good luck Michelle, Hoping for the best for you and yours. Tom and Tina...(your former neighbors when you had the ice place in AH)

                                  Now rebuild Donovans! :)

                                  1. re: MichelleM131
                                    J M S Nov 8, 2012 08:23 AM

                                    Michelle - i am so glad Gracie and the Dudes is returning. By far the best ice cream in the area. My wife and I are Sea Britghtonians and we walk (or drive) down all the time. Sea Bright pizza is delicious. There eggplant pie is out of this world good. On that note I hope all of Sea Bright returns to normal soon!

                                    1. re: J M S
                                      JustJake Nov 8, 2012 08:43 AM

                                      Just shared with me - Hurricane Sandy and the Highlands. There are shots of various restaurants in town in this video. Heartbreaking as to the magnitude of the loss for residents of the Highlands.


                                  2. re: JustJake
                                    TomT Nov 8, 2012 09:56 AM

                                    I'm sure many have significant damage and will take some time to come back. Bahrs, however, seems to have sustained relatively minimal damage and Jay and the crew should have them back up soon.

                                    For updates on Bahrs: https://www.facebook.com/BahrsLanding...

                                    1. re: TomT
                                      JustJake Nov 8, 2012 10:26 AM

                                      Tom, I'm sure that will cheer the blue haired set and visions of 'Early Bird' seatings whenever they do open.

                                      1. re: JustJake
                                        TomT Nov 8, 2012 12:00 PM

                                        Wasn't commenting on their culinary prowess, just the fact that they aren't "gone". FWIW, stick to the basics and it's a fine meal. No pastas, paellas, etc. Soup, clams on the half, a fish platter or a lobster and out.

                                  3. angelo04 Nov 8, 2012 01:19 PM

                                    Flaky Tart in Atlantic Highlands is fine, and was busy making Mac and cheese for some of the shelters. I think Copper Canyon is fine as I have a reservation this Saturday.

                                    Jenkinsons in PT Pleasant had no damage to their buildings and structures. Tiki Bar did not fare so well. Building is intact but that entire rear deck is gone.

                                    Belford Bistro reopened this past Wednesday.

                                    Broad Street in Red Bank seemed OK, went to VIA 45 on Sunday, excellent as usual, menu was slightly limited compared to normal but to be expected.

                                    Haven't heard about Bay Avenue Trattoria.

                                    1. Curlz Nov 8, 2012 04:46 PM

                                      Does anyone know how the pier in Long Branch fared? I ask partially because a friend who lives down the shore wants to meet up this weekend and we have no idea, and partially because we haven't read/seen much about Long Branch. Avenue? Sirena?

                                      equal_Mark to the white courtesy phone... :-)

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                                      1. re: Curlz
                                        corvette johnny Nov 9, 2012 07:56 AM

                                        The restaurants are not open yet. I haven't seen them personally but I hear they will be opening soon. Check this out....


                                        Angelo the Copper canyon is OK. I might be there tonight actually : )

                                        1. re: corvette johnny
                                          JustJake Nov 9, 2012 09:18 AM

                                          Pho Le for the bride & I tonite. It'll be a menage a trois as I intend on bringing a bottle of Reisling as well to share.

                                          1. re: JustJake
                                            corvette johnny Nov 9, 2012 10:38 AM

                                            what do you get at Pho Le? I want to go there soon but know nothing about Vietnamese food.

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                                              shesallthat Nov 9, 2012 12:27 PM

                                              Yes Woody is cooking for anyone in need..what about Barnacle Bill?

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                                                Tapas52 Nov 9, 2012 01:09 PM

                                                El Familiar is open in Toms River we had a wonderful birthday party there last night.
                                                Colombian/mexican food was delicious.


                                          2. re: corvette johnny
                                            angelo04 Nov 9, 2012 02:48 PM

                                            Corvette Johnny

                                            Sorry if this post is too late CC is reopening tomorrow.

                                            BTW my JSB C6 is trucks away in the garage until the salt washes away!!!

                                            1. re: angelo04
                                              SusieQQ Nov 9, 2012 03:40 PM

                                              Matise in Belmar is destroyed and the oceanfront bar at Mr. Cs in Allenhurst is gon
                                              Supposedly the skrestaurants on the boardwalk i'm Asbury Paek will reopen by Christmas.

                                              1. re: SusieQQ
                                                JustJake Nov 10, 2012 01:06 PM

                                                Vette, you can't go wrong with any of their dishes. I just had my wife's leftover Pepper Shrimp which is char broiled (including the green beans) and brown rice.

                                                We had the Vegetarian Spring Rolls (tofu based) which is served with a peanut dipping sauce (not my favorite- but I used it), and also had the Egg Rolls which are my favorite (especially with the lettuce wraps and fresh mint and cilantro). The following are highly recommended: Tuna salad, Pepper Shrimp, Souper Bowl, Lemongrass Curry Chicken. Always check out their specials (which the service staff doesn't bring to your attention). It's on a little plexi standup on the table. Last nite's specials had peppered monkfish and also a crispy duck dish. Disappointed that we missed it - as the duck looked like a real winner.

                                              2. re: angelo04
                                                corvette johnny Nov 12, 2012 06:44 AM

                                                NIce, mine is tucked away too. I only drive it in pristine conditions. Any advice on an indoor car cover? I was thinking the satin stretch Gm one or the one LG sells with the zipper. PS, don't forget to hook up a battery tender ; ) Over the summer my battery died and wouldn't even take a charge. I got lazy and forgot about the tender.

                                                JustJake, thanks for the info. I might have to try that duck!

                                                Barnacles is not open. I think they just got power 2 days ago. Salt Creek is open and it was PACKED friday. I ate there and luckily snagged a bar table right as I walked in and didn't have to wait over an hour. Their baseball cut sirloin with bluecheese is a decent steak.

                                          3. MGZ Nov 11, 2012 04:58 AM

                                            Other places that suffered physical damage were Shipwreck Point, Leggetts, Union Landing, Sand Bar, and Labrador Lounge.

                                            The loss of power was also significantly damaging. I just got power at home in Manasquan yesterday. A few local restaurants just got it a day before that - Remington's, Maria's, Squan Tavern, etc.

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                                            1. re: MGZ
                                              MGZ Feb 28, 2013 07:43 AM

                                              Leggett's is reopening with a party tomorrow at Noon. They worked very hard!

                                            2. Curlz Nov 12, 2012 05:19 PM

                                              I was in belmar and spring lake yesterday--both heartbreaking (the SL boardwalk is just GONE) but I did notice that the hotel where black trumpet is had an open sign on their front steps. Not sure if that's for the restaurant, but FYI.
                                              Had an excellent lunch at massuto's--pizzas are legit Neapolitan style! The menu is still limited but it was good to see something up and running after being in belmar.
                                              Hoffman's was also open and was worth every calorie, as usual!

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                                              1. re: Curlz
                                                MGZ Nov 13, 2012 06:08 AM

                                                It's still very bad down here. Access is limited to the beach areas in many towns. The trash piles of people's belongings are everywhere and quite depressing to see.

                                                On a positive side, I'm glad to note that some area restaurants really stepped up with free meals during the worst of the aftermath. Here in Manasquan, Firefly was offering up lunch and coffee for several hours a day - serving a lot of food that they went out and bought. 10th Ave. Burrito and Brandl. were doing something similar in Belmar. I'm sure there were others that helped as well (I saw the manager from Remington's assisting the sandwich shop Max Devros in offering lunches).

                                                At bottom, the rebuilding of the physical structures, economy, and collective psyche is going to take a lot of time. To the extent any of you are not sure where you might like to go for dinner, think about patronizing one of these spots.

                                                1. re: MGZ
                                                  equal_Mark Nov 13, 2012 01:33 PM

                                                  Local Smoke BBQ have been providing hot meals for the utility workers, National Guard and displaced locals as part of Operation BBQ Relief.

                                                  Jersey Shore BBQ has reopened and has joined up with 10th Ave. Burrito for the "10th Avenue Freeze-out": Rebuilding Belmar event...

                                                  1. re: equal_Mark
                                                    MGZ Nov 13, 2012 01:52 PM

                                                    Thanks, Mark.

                                              2. Curlz Nov 14, 2012 05:57 PM

                                                I know that there are CH rules/regs about what can be posted here, but the folks down the shore should know that there are restaurants in Northern NJ trying to help! Many are offering special menus or events (Belmar has one next Sat) with proceeds going to charities, others are offering their kitchens for pop-ups on the nights they're closed. If the administrators will allow it on this thread, I think it would be a community service to allow us to name names...

                                                ETA: I realize that Belmar isn't NNJ, but rather, a shore town that was slammed--was just trying to make my point.

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                                                1. re: Curlz
                                                  The Chowhound Team Nov 16, 2012 07:19 AM

                                                  It's fine to list these types of things, but please try to keep the focus on the food that's on offer, and talk about them in your own words rather than copying any marketing/promo materials. And, of course, our rules for insiders still apply -- anyone who is involved with one of the businesses should not mention themselves.

                                                2. equal_Mark Nov 16, 2012 05:43 AM

                                                  Woody's in Sea Bright helps organize & feed those helping to rebuild the town:


                                                  1. JustJake Nov 17, 2012 01:47 PM

                                                    It was nice being able to dine at Nemo's last nite. Had to gas up on the way home after working late, and got off at #117. Figured I'd try heading down Broad St, found the downtown parking full and after a quick turnaround found a spot across the street.

                                                    While I commented to my waitress that it was great to see that Nemo's was opened and unscathed from the Hurricane, her command of the language was weak and after repeating it twice, gave up trying to convey my feelings. As I had sushi the nite before at Izu, opted for a few appy's (Shumai and the duck roll) along with a bowl of hot miso soup.

                                                    1. angelo04 Nov 17, 2012 04:56 PM

                                                      Both Daniels in PP were destroyed. The good news is they have been gutted and are under construction. Hopefully they open sooner rather than later.

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                                                      1. re: angelo04
                                                        MarlboroMan Nov 17, 2012 09:53 PM

                                                        My mother in law keeps asking about the Shrimp Box in Pt. Pleasant (her favorite restaurant). Any idea how they fared?

                                                        Can't be too bad.. says opening for business in March of 2013 (they generally close in December, I think).

                                                        1. re: MarlboroMan
                                                          angelo04 Nov 18, 2012 04:54 AM

                                                          I have not heard, but that has me wondering about Mr. Shrimp in Belmar. They were inland though so hopefully they made out OK.

                                                          1. re: angelo04
                                                            Curlz Nov 18, 2012 06:21 AM

                                                            Drove past mr shrimp last Sunday and it appeared to be open. Hoffman's in spring lake was also open but had only about half their normal flavors at that point

                                                          2. re: MarlboroMan
                                                            FWeats Nov 18, 2012 08:51 AM

                                                            Shrimp Box is for sale. Owners will run it until sold. Don't know about damage.

                                                            1. re: FWeats
                                                              rjka Nov 27, 2012 11:06 AM

                                                              Drove by the Shrimp Box last Friday, after Thanksgiving and it was closed. Didn't seem to be any significant damage, but couldn't tell about flooding. No obvious cleanup going on though.

                                                              1. re: rjka
                                                                rcript Dec 3, 2012 01:22 PM

                                                                Shrimp Box is rebuilding, they had about 4 1/2 ft of water! Daniel's Bistro should be open by mid-end of January if construction goes well. The fate of Daniel's Trattoria is still unknown. Broadway Bar & Grill is rebuilding, no time line as of yet. Spoke to the owner of Daniel's the other day, he is opening Daniel's Bistro By The Sea on Main St. in Avon By The Sea, should be open by Dec 9th.

                                                                1. re: rcript
                                                                  jracpa Mar 9, 2013 06:01 PM

                                                                  We ate at the Shrimp Box tonight. I thought I had heard it has been reopened for a while, but the waitress told us that they had just reopened on Wednesday. The hostess told me that the water had come half way up the waterside windows, and that they will be putting some markings/plaques indicating the high water mark.

                                                                  Reds Lobster Pot has a for sale sign on it. Daniel's Bistro has a sign indicating that they will reopen.

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                                                          aklein Nov 28, 2012 04:49 AM

                                                          Avon Pavilion is gone. Matisse in Belmar has been torn down and rumor is that the town won't build new permanent structures on the new boardwalk, so unclear about Matisse (and Mack's Chicken Shack!).

                                                          1. jrzcat Nov 30, 2012 02:13 PM

                                                            Does anyone know how The Black Whale and Mud City of Manahawkin fared?

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                                                              HillJ Nov 30, 2012 05:52 PM

                                                              Keyport Fishery has reopened.

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                                                              1. re: HillJ
                                                                Tapas52 Dec 1, 2012 09:31 AM

                                                                How did the Lobster chanty do in PP?

                                                                1. re: Tapas52
                                                                  HillJ Dec 1, 2012 09:55 AM

                                                                  T, they've been advertising their New Year's Eve bash. I haven't been to LC myself in some time. I should....

                                                              2. equal_Mark Dec 1, 2012 10:17 AM

                                                                Finally got into Sea Bright a month after Sandy. Stopped for a bite to eat at the only business currently open. Mrs. Rooney has run her Sabrett stand at this location 10 months out of the year since 1977. She only reopened yesterday after repairing and refurbishing the cart after submersion in 5 feet of seawater during the storm.

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                                                                1. re: equal_Mark
                                                                  AC Captain Dec 4, 2012 09:49 PM

                                                                  Some more good news for Sea Bright-Ama at the Driftwood also re-opened that Friday.

                                                                2. MGZ Dec 7, 2012 06:59 AM

                                                                  For what it's worth, the following restaurants are still too damaged to be open and had to stay out of Restaurant Week:

                                                                  Mister C's Beach Bistro - Allenhurst
                                                                  Langosta Lounge - Asbury Park
                                                                  Jake's Crab Shack - Belmar
                                                                  Matisse Restaurant - Belmar
                                                                  River Rock Restaurant & Marina Grill - Brick
                                                                  Labrador Lounge - Normandy Beach
                                                                  Daniel's Bistro - Point Pleasant Beach
                                                                  Daniel's Trattoria - Point Pleasant Beach
                                                                  Jack Baker's Lobster Shanty - Point Pleasant Beach
                                                                  Shipwreck Point - Point Pleasant Beach
                                                                  Shrimp Box - Point Pleasant Beach
                                                                  Woody's Ocean Grill - Sea Bright
                                                                  Aqua Blu Kitchen & Cocktails - Toms River

                                                                  To be frank, Jake's and Matisse probably should never be rebuilt at their original locations - unless Belmar is willing to invest in some significant dunes. I mean, take a look at what Bradley Beach did in the 90s. That sure seems to have been prudent now, huh? (But, what do I know? I'm one of those people who know that we are contributing to the dangerous warming of the planet, is overeducated, reads too much, and would rather walk than drive whenever possible.)

                                                                  Oh, and Sea Bright, if ever the Constitutional power of Eminent Domain should be exercised (oh, yeah, we had this discussion in the 80s), this is it. Face it, that part of the strip shouldn't be built upon. I know it's close to Middletown and Red Bank's populations, but maybe it should be more like Sandy Hook? Please remember, we're paying for this rebuild, the last one, and the next to come (by "we", I mean us in NJ and the country as well* - which means NJ residents pay twice). For what? Seriously, tear it down, leave a roadway, and move on.

                                                                  * There is a reason the London reinsurers won't back flood policies for much of our coast so that the Federal government has to absorb the risk.

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                                                                  1. re: MGZ
                                                                    sjmjd Dec 7, 2012 09:16 AM

                                                                    There was anarticle in the Asbury Park Press recently about how Wind N Sea withstood the hurricane so well. It said that they were required to build according to rigid and expensive codes that were devised to protect against such storms.

                                                                    1. re: sjmjd
                                                                      MGZ Dec 7, 2012 09:25 AM

                                                                      Most likely the result of the "Storm of the Century" Gloria in 1985. Or, perhaps, the "Perfect Storm" on Halloween in '91. Face it, it's time to draw a line, or put everything in Sea Bright 25 feet above the ground.

                                                                      1. re: MGZ
                                                                        MichelleM131 Dec 7, 2012 05:35 PM

                                                                        Please remember that there are many of us who depend on our locations in Sea Bright to make a living. What better place to sell ice cream than at the beach? We are working on a vision for a sustainable community but cannot imagine wiping the entire town off the map. A new flood elevation will be released on Dec 10 for the entire NJ coast. We will have to modify or rebuild our properties in order to acquire insurance. We have only been there, as a business, for four years. There are others who have been there for ten, twenty, thirty or more. So, please remember Long Branch, where people were not paid properly for their properties. I cannot imagine the government would write me a check that would equal the value of my both by business and my building. I am in the middle of the "downtown", have never had water in my store before, even with Irene it didn't go over the curb, and I am actually insured by Lloyd's of London.

                                                                        1. re: MichelleM131
                                                                          wizard2 Dec 7, 2012 05:44 PM

                                                                          Just build it right so that it does not become a burden on the US taxpayers. If the cost of building it right, less any subsidies that you might be entitled to, doesn't fit into your business model, move on or else enjoy your potentially expensive hobby!

                                                                          1. re: wizard2
                                                                            MichelleM131 Dec 8, 2012 04:28 PM

                                                                            Obviously, building it right would be an advantage to me, so my family need not suffer this again. We have four small children and we work hard to provide for them. We actually own our building, or should I say own the mortgage on our building, which limits our ability to move on. The subsidies for businesses are almost non-existent. No help from FEMA, the SBA offers loans for between 4-6%, there is an ICC clause for flood proofing or meeting new building requirements in a rebuild but no one is quite sure if that applies to businesses either.

                                                                          2. re: MichelleM131
                                                                            MGZ Dec 8, 2012 03:18 AM

                                                                            Look, I'm not saying it's going to be easy on everyone, but that doesn't mean it's not the right thing to do. Coastal development in New Jersey has often been thoughtless. It's time to think.

                                                                            As you may know, I'm very local. My family has lived at the Shore for a century. I still have the pictures my Grandfather took of the destruction from Hurricane Donna. I love access to the Atlantic so much, I tolerate living in NJ. Nevertheless, I'm willing to be honest and prudent about the best ways to approach restoration and some of them should include not rebuilding.

                                                                            I will admit, however, that I did not know Lloyd's would write commercial flood insurance policies. I know people who would be very interested in such coverage. The fundamental reason that the National Flood Insurance program exists is because private reinsurers would not cover the risks.

                                                                            1. re: MGZ
                                                                              MichelleM131 Dec 8, 2012 04:30 PM

                                                                              We are actually one of the highest points in Sea Bright. We were granted a waiver from FEMA stipulating flood insurance was not a requirement for our particular property. We purchased it anyhow because it was so cheap, due to the fact that it was not necessary, I suppose. When my policy is up for renewal, it's anybody's guess who will insure or what the cost will be. We'll have a bit more information on the tenth, with the new elevation levels.

                                                                              1. re: MichelleM131
                                                                                MGZ Dec 11, 2012 07:41 AM

                                                                                For what it's worth here's a recent article about NJ's development of the Shore and how maybe it's time to rethink:


                                                                                Two highlights:

                                                                                "'People opposed every one of our measures because short-sighted people say 'Let's enjoy it today, don't worry about tomorrow,'" said former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, a Republican who proposed a coastal commission in the 1980s in an ultimately failed bid to curb excessive development. "'You just can't do that as a state, or you have to expect that sooner or later you're going to lose that game.'"


                                                                                "Many experts say Sandy presents an opportunity to rethink New Jersey's future development patterns. Some argue that the most sensible approach would be to pull back from vulnerable coastlines and relinquish some real estate to nature. But already the pressures are building -- from homeowners, and from municipalities hungry for property tax revenues -- to put everything back the way it was."

                                                                                If it makes you feel any better, I feel the same way about quite a few locations that I have know all my life, including some here in Manasquan.

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                                                                      fourunder Dec 7, 2012 08:44 AM

                                                                      Whitehouse Subs in Atlantic City is still closed as a result of Sandy. I was there on 12/4 and they appeared to be doing a renovation inside and had signs posted on the windows indicating the closure was due to the hurricane damage.

                                                                      1. angelo04 Dec 7, 2012 09:37 AM

                                                                        Daniel's is having it's grand reopening tonight at its new location in Avon by the Sea.

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                                                                        1. re: angelo04
                                                                          wizard2 Dec 7, 2012 05:26 PM

                                                                          Where is the new location? Can't find anything on the internet.

                                                                          1. re: wizard2
                                                                            angelo04 Dec 7, 2012 05:37 PM

                                                                            Daniel's Bistro By The Sea, 526 Main Street, Avon By The Sea


                                                                            1. re: angelo04
                                                                              wizard2 Dec 7, 2012 05:50 PM


                                                                        2. MGZ Dec 22, 2012 10:48 AM

                                                                          Although it's not a restaurant, I'm happy to post that the Point Lobster Company has been reopened for a bit. Good news for anyone still trying to pull together the best fish they can for Christmas Eve.

                                                                          1. JustJake Dec 22, 2012 02:17 PM

                                                                            I placed a call to Bay Ave. Trattoria the other day (it's a saved # on my cell as is Belford Bistro and a few other favorites) ---- not even a voice message as to status with the phone just ringing and ringing.

                                                                            Someone mentioned that Grimaldi's was still standing - which is across the street but doesn't necessarily mean it's operational.

                                                                            I do miss BAT - I'm sure a lot of folks do.

                                                                            As to the rebuilding of certain towns cited above, I'm in agreement with MGZ on much of her points. Certain areas should probably not be rebuilt (especially Sea Bright) as it's a given it will happen again and again (and it won't take another 100 years). Time to be bought out ala Topsail NC (which had many homes rebuilt 3-4x in a span of a few decades) and annexed to Gateway.

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                                                                            1. re: JustJake
                                                                              wizard2 Dec 22, 2012 06:03 PM

                                                                              From BAT's website:


                                                                              We would like to thank all of our loyal customers for their emails and calls. We will be reopening sometime in the next few months. We will keep you posted on our web site.

                                                                              Gift Certificates will be available for sale at the restaurant Monday - Friday from 9am - 2pm

                                                                              We can only accept cash or checks.

                                                                              Any questions, call Maggie 732 513-4665

                                                                              Happy Holidays Joe & Maggie

                                                                              Looking forward to seeing everyone next year!

                                                                              1. re: wizard2
                                                                                JustJake Dec 22, 2012 07:44 PM

                                                                                That is terrific news. Never bothered to check out their website. Thanks Wizard

                                                                                1. re: wizard2
                                                                                  wizard2 May 21, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                                                  Noticed on BAT's website today:


                                                                                  At this time we do not have any plans to re open in the near future. Thank you to all of our loyal customers.
                                                                                  - Joe & Maggie

                                                                                  1. re: wizard2
                                                                                    angelo04 May 22, 2013 07:11 AM

                                                                                    Awful news. That was a great place and a favorite. Wishing Joe and Maggie all the best.

                                                                                    1. re: angelo04
                                                                                      JustJake May 22, 2013 10:21 AM

                                                                                      At least I'll have some fond memories of wonderful dinners with family and friends (one of which whom passed a month or so ago). Joe Romanowski's restaurants were my 'go to' for over 20 years - dating back to his J&M Bistro in Long Branch.

                                                                                      That he's decided not to re-open (at this time) isn't surprising. He did a 6 day week for many many years - it took a physical toll on him (hip replacement) and I wish him well.

                                                                                      Man, my family is really going to miss this place - even my kids had this as their favorite restaurant.

                                                                                2. re: JustJake
                                                                                  corvette johnny Feb 28, 2013 07:23 AM

                                                                                  Any word on bay ave trattoria yet?

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                                                                                    equal_Mark Feb 28, 2013 07:47 AM

                                                                                    I drove past there and stopped to look in a week ago. The inside is still fairly torn up with no visible signs of work in progress.

                                                                                    1. re: equal_Mark
                                                                                      corvette johnny Feb 28, 2013 12:23 PM

                                                                                      Ah, that is not good. Well we can keep our fingers crossed. Thanks for the update. I assume the Tap House is in the same boat?

                                                                                    2. re: corvette johnny
                                                                                      equal_Mark Mar 6, 2013 04:21 PM

                                                                                      Stopped by today and took a pic through the front door at BAT; no discernible work being done since last time.

                                                                                      1. re: equal_Mark
                                                                                        angelo04 Mar 6, 2013 05:05 PM

                                                                                        Is Grimaldi's pizza across the street open yet?

                                                                                        1. re: angelo04
                                                                                          equal_Mark Mar 9, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                                                          Grimaldi's is still closed. They _hope_ to reopen by Memorial day. Pretty much everything on Bay Ave is still closed.

                                                                                        2. re: equal_Mark
                                                                                          equal_Mark Mar 11, 2013 05:29 AM

                                                                                          Rumor going around is that Joe wants to reopen, but at a different location...

                                                                                    3. Njchicaa Jan 7, 2013 04:21 PM

                                                                                      Rumor has it (from multiple sources) that Maruca's Pizza will not return to the Seaside boardwalk.

                                                                                      I've heard that they are looking for another location. They'll lose a TON of traffic if they stay in Seaside but go onto the strip. Pizza and soda isn't enough to lure most off the boardwalk, they are no Klee's. As for a shop in TR, they had 2 and both closed.

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                                                                                      1. re: Njchicaa
                                                                                        Tapas52 Jan 8, 2013 08:49 AM

                                                                                        I hope its just a Rumor and Joe & Dominick can recover and open ASAP Where ever they go I'll be there for their PIZZA !

                                                                                        1. re: Tapas52
                                                                                          JustJake Jan 8, 2013 09:10 AM

                                                                                          Tap, I know you're a Toms River (or nearby) resident. The last time I visited Seaside, it may have been during the Carter Administration. ;-)

                                                                                          I have had their family's pie in Hamilton - it's quite good - delicious in fact. I wish Seaside well in it's reconstruction and that you can enjoy next summer season.

                                                                                          1. re: JustJake
                                                                                            Njchicaa Jan 8, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                                            That's where Donnie is I believe.... Hamilton. He's somewhere in the central-west part of the state near Cherry Hill.

                                                                                            Jake, I grew up in TR, live in the next town over, and even worked at Maruca's as a teenager. I am not just some random person posting about the place.

                                                                                            I hope Joe can find a location on the boardwalk for Maruca's. I don't think there are enough fans to buy their expensive pies on a regular basis to keep them going if they are in some out-of-the-way location.

                                                                                        2. re: Njchicaa
                                                                                          veganhater Feb 7, 2013 12:26 PM

                                                                                          Just saw this post. Any idea why they won't open on the boardwalk? Their decision or someone else's? This is extremely disappointing news, as it's my favorite pie on any boardwalk.

                                                                                          1. re: veganhater
                                                                                            Njchicaa Feb 9, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                                                            They overextended themselves with the attempt to franchise so they are walking away from the building on Porter Ave. I think they are having difficulty finding a place on the boardwalk that wasn't damaged by the storm.

                                                                                            They may not be open for summer 2013 but plan to definitely be up and running for 2014.

                                                                                        3. corvette johnny Feb 7, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                          Any word on the Bay ave trattoria?

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                                                                                            wizard2 Mar 4, 2013 05:04 AM

                                                                                            Saw this link on Drew's Bayshore Bistro's Facebook page.

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                                                                                            1. re: wizard2
                                                                                              HillJ Mar 4, 2013 05:43 AM

                                                                                              wizard, what a terrific article about quite a few restaurants impacted by the hurricane. The support going on over in Union Beach is also quite remarkable. First time in all my years living in Mon cty that Union Beach rec's major attention.

                                                                                              I've seen a good deal of action over at Drew's new location. The parking lot and surrounding side streets filled with construction work. Good thing parking in Keyport is still (rare) free. That town rallied around Drew in a major way. Nemo's, The Keyport Fishery, all of the pizza shops and Trinity have been up and running for some time. Any word on Red Sky? Mike's Subs is under full re-construction.

                                                                                              I'm looking forward to enjoying meals all over the bayshore and seaside area this spring. Already been to Woody's twice.

                                                                                              I'll be interested to see what Tim decides to do with Rum Runner.

                                                                                              1. re: HillJ
                                                                                                JenniS Mar 4, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                                                Red Sky posted on Facebook a month or so ago that they unfortunately would not be re-opening.

                                                                                                1. re: JenniS
                                                                                                  HillJ Mar 4, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                                  Thanks for letting us know Jenni S.

                                                                                              2. re: wizard2
                                                                                                fershore Mar 4, 2013 09:10 AM

                                                                                                Oh no! Per the article, no more Steve's Breakfast & Lunch in Sea Bright. I could not be more bummed. I am grateful that I had a delicious breakfast there just days before Sandy.

                                                                                              3. bgut1 Mar 4, 2013 05:28 AM

                                                                                                Drew's Bayshore Bistro will be reopening tomorrow, March 5, at his new location at 25 Church St., Keyport!!!

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                                                                                                  PuniceaRana May 25, 2013 04:41 PM

                                                                                                  Mueller's Bakery in Bay head is open for the Memorial Day weekend, though they are only selling coffee and their amazing crumb buns. Their phone is not operational, and it is cash only at this point. Apparently they still have not received any money from their flood insurance or anything from FEMA, as of yet, and have only just been able to apply for state grants. Looks like they are trying to come back...at least we can get our crumb bun fix :-)

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                                                                                                    MichelleM131 May 29, 2013 03:22 AM

                                                                                                    Yumi in Sea Bright is having a soft opening. They are open for delicious sushi but are training a new staff and working the kinks out. Please be kind if visiting and give them a small pass if all is not perfect. The other Sea Bright establishments hope to be open by mid June. Thanks!

                                                                                                    1. Deb Van D Mar 20, 2014 03:52 PM

                                                                                                      One sign of progress all these months later: I saw a mention recently that the shell that was Sallee Tee's was being torn down. I took a walk by yesterday and was happy to see a new, 6 foot high concrete foundation being finished off. I have no idea what new
                                                                                                      incarnation may be revealed but I was glad to see something moving forward at last.

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                                                                                                        equal_Mark Mar 21, 2014 09:05 AM

                                                                                                        Hopefully it might even be a restaurant...

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