The Jersey Shore places that aren’t there anymore
When John Lennon sang "there are places I remember" with The Beatles, he could easily have been talking about the Jersey Shore.
No matter where you live in New Jersey, if you've lived here all your life, you had to have spent time at the Jersey Shore and many of the places you remember aren't there anymore.
I've owned two businesses at the shore, both coffee houses.
One in Sea Isle City called Coffee Dot Comedy, which was an internet cafe where we also did comedy five nights a week, the other was called The Daily Grove in Ocean Grove, where we had bands playing on the weekends, among them were Rock N Roll Hall of Famer Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez.
The problem with staying in business at the shore is that you're pretty much only making money for about four months a year.
Add to that the pandemic plus the cost of doing business in New Jersey and many of the places we remember have been forced to close.
Recently, we have seen places like the Avon Pavillion close while Tuzzio's in Long Branch announced the owners would be retiring at the end of this year after 55 years in business. What are the places that you remember that are no longer at the shore?
The Boardwalk Mall in Wildwood before it was gutted. Nowhere near as cool as it used to be.
The Penalty Box
Evelyn’s seafood restaurant in Belmar
Reggie’s in Belmar
Drive In movie theater in Manahawkin. Home Depot is there now.
Belmar Playland and rooftop mini golf!
Hitsville South (when it wasn’t The Fast Lane)
Tradewinds in Seabright and any other rock and roll venue that made music at the Jersey shore so memorable!!!
Michael Stermel Jr.:
Hunt's Pier in Wildwood.
The Carousel Arcade in Seaside. Pinball , 80's video games, pokereno, etc plus the carousel and a western shooting range.
The Haunted Mansion in Long Branch.
Lynn Ann Murray:
The Robert E Lee Restaurant. I had my first date there and many more after. When it burnt down I cried.
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