Here are some restaurant openings in 2020 that we can’t wait to try.
The Jersey Shore has been known as one of the leading locations to hear great music, given all the incredible talent that have performed at shore venues like The Stone Pony, Starland Ballroom, and Count Basie Theatre, just to name a few. But shore towns are also some of the best spots in the Garden State to find incredible food, where it’s no wonder so many restauranteurs are seeking to open restaurants along the coast.
Here are some restaurant openings in 2020 that we can’t wait to try, compliments of the Asbury Park Press.
Burger 25, Toms River
The already beloved Burger 25 is getting a fresh look and a new location. The burger joint is planning to move further down the road to the former Wolfie’s Deli & Restaurant space on Route 37. Owners, Steve and Denise Vetter expect their loyal customers to like the new scenery as everything else about the restaurant will remain the same, besides the address of course. If you’ve never been to this eatery, what have you been waiting for? They have been in business for about 7 years serving burgers, fries, milkshakes, pork roll and cheese, and more – pretty much all the best types of comfort food. If you are familiar with the original space, you’ll be happy to hear that the new location will allow for twice as much seating and a much larger parking lot. Keep your radar up, as they plan to open this May.
Deal Lake Bar & Co., Loch Arbour
This lakefront location has been many restaurants over the years, most recently McGillicuddy’s Taphouse, which closed their doors late last year, immediately making way for the new restaurant owners to take over. And that they did. Owners Phil Villapiano, Andrea Pappas and Greg Bartz have major plans for the property, and if you have had the chance to drive by the restaurant, you could see the plans unfold. The restaurant at 601 Main Street is undergoing a complete renovation from the roof to the ground, and it looks like it won’t disappoint. The plans include constructing a new outdoor bar overlooking Deal Lake – one of three in the establishment – seating for 180 guests, and an additional 90 on the patio. The sign out front revealing the new name, Deal Lake Bar & Co. announces a Spring 2020 opening. While we are still waiting on an exact opening date, we are excited to see how it comes together.
Lentil Tree, Asbury Park
The Lentil Tree closed its doors more than a year ago, and we’ve been missing it ever since. Having the opportunity to walk over with its easy access off Main Street and Memorial Drive to grab a bowl of lentil soup or falafel, was the best part of the convenient Asbury Park location. Good news is, they’re back and ready to reopen for business. The Mediterranean restaurant has had a change in ownership, prompting for the reopen around mid-March. The eatery will serve a blend of Turkish, Egyptian and Mediterranean cuisine.
Joe’s Rotisseria, Asbury Park
Joe Brignoni, owner of new Asbury Park restaurant, Joe’s Rotisseria, has made quite a name for himself in the restaurant industry. Not only does he already have one successful restaurant in Roselle Park – AP will be the second location – he also has participated in the Food Network show, “Guy’s Grocery Games” where he impressively took second place. The new location will join the businesses on Main Street taking over a former nail salon. The two-story building will be part reservation-only upscale dining and part pizzeria. The expected opening is this Spring.
We’re crossing out fingers that these restaurants open soon! Until then we will be keeping a close watch on their Facebook pages for future announcements.
About the Author: Courtney Ciandella has been the sole Marketing liason for Bielat Santore & Company since 2013. She is also the conductor behind the Who’s Who in the Restaurant Industry and Restaurant Tip of the Month series.