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Mar 28, 2013 08:10 AM

Tough news (though tentative)

Had occasion to dine at Belford Bistro over the weekend and was surprised and pleased to see one of the servers being ex BAT. They were always so personable, affable and efficient.

Our dinner was fine at BB (as it comes close to that of BAT), -- conversations with the server lead me to believe that BAT will probably not be opening due to the extensive damage, along with the need to elevate their property (expenses in excess of $100K). There was a meeting with staff and owner this past week and it doesn't look encouraging.

Perhaps Joe will reopen at another location - who knows? But right now, my favorite, local 'go to' may be no more.

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  1. I was told a couple weeks ago by some other servers in the area that Joe wants to open a place but not at the BAT location.

    5 Replies
    1. re: equal_Mark

      =Mark, I hope the insurance co. settlement is favorable and that he has the 'seed' money needed to purchase another storefront and get back to having what is arguably one of the best restaurants around.


      1. re: JustJake

        One can hope. They gave me the idea for putting this together:

      2. re: equal_Mark

        Can you blame him for wanting a location that won't flood on an annual basis? So many places seem to be rethinking their locations after Sandy.:(

        1. re: rcript

          After he pulled up his stakes from Broadway in LB, he was at Bay Ave for what I think to be at least 10 years.

          It didn't flood on an annual basis - and I don't believe he incurred any damage from Irene the year before. It was the overhand right that was Sandy that knocked him and the rest of us onto our a**es and which we've yet to get off the canvas.

          The bigger question remains, will he relocate? He had knee replacement from the wear & tear of all those 6 day work weeks that have gone on for nearly 30 years. One wonders if he will even bother starting up again. Think he's got a place in FL and while I don't know how he sits financially, I wouldn't be surprised if he threw in the towel, cut his losses and 'booked' for warmer weather.

          Should he do so, I won't begrudge him as he's earned it. Always loved his restaurants - unpretentious, great food that continued to deliver and was amongst the best down here.

          1. re: JustJake

            JustJake- I don't know if that is correct about Joe not sustaining any Irene damage. From what I recall, he had just replaced the wood flooring right before Sandy.

        1. re: Eric in NJ

          Bay Ave. Trattoria, which along with a number of other businesses on Bay Ave, Highlands got blown away by Sandy.

            1. re: equal_Mark

              Interesting news bulletin, FRESH has reopened! We heard they were't reopening, but what a nice surprise when we drove by last night to find them reopened. Another Highlands restaurant is back in business!

          1. Two words: Atlantic Highlands

            Two more: Hurry, please.

            1. Hopefully they relocate, if I am not mistaken they took a beating with Irene too barely a year earlier.

              I heard across the Street from BAT, Grimaldis is targeting May to reopen.