Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Rescheduled for Nov. 30
Jersey Shore Restaurant Week has been postponed to the week of Nov. 30 to Dec. 9 to allow restaurants to get up and running after Hurricane Sandy.
Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to revisit your favorite restaurants and try new ones.
The first Restaurant Week in Nov. 2009 drew 56 restaurants, with participation continuing to grow.
Thousands come out to enjoy specially-priced three-course meals at the Shore's best restaurants.
Several restaurants have been working hard to help those affected by the storm. Firefly in Manasquan, Woody's in Sea Bright and Brandl, Matisse, 10th Ave Burrito, Bar Anticipation and Jersey Shore BBQ in Belmar provided the community with free hot food and drinks during the last week.
Chairman Jim Flynn thinks the storm will actually affect the turnout positively.
"It will provide people with a distraction from everything else that's going on," he said.
"We've all been so focused on ourselves and our neighbors and everybody else over the last few weeks that I think by the time Restaurant Week rolls around, people will be ready to get out. We really want to rally the community to come out and help these restaurants who mean so much to all of us."
Many of the restaurants were damaged as a result of the storm.
"We kind of take it for granted that we can go out on the weekends and have a great time. The last few weeks have been extremely difficult for these restaurants. Some of them are still not open, and all of them lost at least a week's worth of business. Some of them lost the restaurants completely. It's been a difficult time for everybody. We're gonna try to marshal all our forces to get everybody to come out and support."
Flynn is confident that those restaurants that can still participate will in fact do so.
"Of the almost 65 restaurants that had signed up originally, 20 have already indicated that they'll be back. I think we'll probably end up somewhere around maybe 55, so not too far off from the number that originally signed up."
Flynn says decisions will be made soon regarding a kickoff fundraising event and other ways for the community to support Jersey Shore restaurants.
The following restaurants are currently open and serving the Shore (new openings in red):
- Tre Amici, Long Branch
- Shipwreck Grill, Brielle
- Temple Gourmet, Red Bank
- 709, Point Pleasant
- Garfield's, Brielle
- Basil T's, Red Bank
- Nicholas, Red Bank. Closed Mondays.
- Charley's Ocean Grill, Long Branch
- Harpoon Willy's, Wall
- Undici, Rumson
- Firefly, Manasquan
- The Mill, Spring Lake Heights
- Brandl, Belmar
- Bahr's, Atlantic Highlands
- Bistro by the Beach, Spring Lake
- MonAlyssa, Brick
- Dauphin Grille, Asbury Park
- Pazzo, Red Bank
- Remingtons, Manasquan
- Mr. Shrimp, Belmar
- Fratello's, Sea Girt. Mon-Thurs 11/12-15. 10% of sales to Sandy Relief
- Danny's Grill and Wine Bar, Red Bank
- River House (Formally the Pilot House). Open for lunch and dinner.
- Ciao, Long Branch. Open for dinner.
- Salt Creek Grill, Rumson
- Moonstruck, Asbury Park is open for dinner.
- Pastaio Fresh Pasta, Spring Lake
- Gaetano's, Red Bank
- Jersey Shore BBQ & Catering, Belmar
- 10th Ave Burrito, Belmar
All special events for the week are canceled. "Burgers, Bloodies & Brews" at Harpoon Willy's, originally scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, is postponed until later in the month. There may be a fundraiser scheduled for that week to help the restaurants get back on their feet.
If you own a restaurant at the Shore and are interested in participating in Restaurant Week, sign up here.