B2 Bistro – On the Waterfront
BERKELEY TOWNSHIP: When I first began in the real estate business over forty years ago, there were restaurants and bars lining the waterfront along the New Jersey coastline,” states Barry Bielat of, Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey. “Now, with the exception of New Jersey boardwalk locations, few remain.” Over the years, waterfront real estate became more attractive to wealthy individuals and/or real estate developers who saw the opportunity to convert a restaurant property on the water into a mansion resort for their private residence, or into a multi-unit townhouse development to create multiple ‘for sale’ residences with high price tags on the water.
However, there are still limited waterfront restaurant hold-outs that dot the New Jersey coast; and because of their locations and spectacular panoramic water views, many are time-stamped institutions. One such restaurant and bar, ‘The Waters Edge, 11 Whitecap Way, Berkeley Township, New Jersey was just sold to the regional restaurant company B2 Bistro + Bar, according to Bielat, the broker for the sale. “The water is a natural attraction drawing locals and vacationers automatically to its enticing ambiance,” continues Bielat.
Nestled on the Barnegat Bay, the Water’s Edge is a wonderful place to meet friends and family for savory food and mouthwatering drinks. The restaurant’s massive 7,000+ square foot outdoor deck, equipped with three “Tiki-Bars,” a full outdoor kitchen, 23 ‘dock and dine’ boat slips and house-owned pontoon boats scouring the bay to bring anchored boaters to land, only adds to the allure of this summertime oasis in Ocean County, New Jersey. There is even a built-in pool and pool bar for those who need to cool off on a sizzling summer day.
According to Stephen Valentine, managing partner at B2 Bistro + Bar, “we will be building a premier destination-style restaurant which will be open 365 days a year. The community is fantastic down here. This venue will have something for everyone,” Valentine says. B2 Bistro’s menu includes American and Mediterranean fare, including fresh seafood, burgers, steaks, wood-fired pizza, sushi and always the best craft beers on tap. Their other restaurants are in Red Bank, Point Pleasant Beach, North Brunswick, Toms River, and Reading, Pennsylvania.