Restaurants Recently Sold

Ray’s Café, Spring Lake, NJ is Sold by Bielat Santore & Company

Good Morning A.M. Kitchen

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For over 25 years, Ray’s Café, Sea Girt, New Jersey has been a mainstay for breakfast-lunch consumers. Several years later, Ray’s opened their second location on Third Avenue in Spring Lake, New Jersey. Thousands of eggs later, planning for retirement and turning down the burners just a bit, Ray Litzinger of Ray’s Café decided to sell his Spring Lake store.

According to Richard R. Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, broker for the sale, Ray’s Café, 1321 3rd Avenue, Spring Lake has been sold. The new purchaser, a Belmar, New Jersey resident, will re-open following minor renovations with new decor and a new trade name; “A.M. Kitchen.” The newly renovated café will continue to serve high-quality food at both breakfast and lunch.

Breakfast is typically the first meal of a day. The word in English refers to breaking the fasting period of the prior night. There is a strong tendency for one or more “typical”, or “traditional”, breakfast menus to exist in most places, but the composition of this varies widely from place to place, and has varied over time, so that globally a very wide range of preparations and ingredients are now associated with breakfast.

Thus, if a restaurant has “breakfast” in its name, certain expectations are set. A.M. Kitchen will deliver, planning to offer excellent a unique menu of homemade breakfast and lunch items, made from scratch with fresh ingredients. When and where possible, many herbs and vegetables will come from local organic growers.

In addition to slinging eggs and pancakes, the restaurant intends to offer complementary newspapers and Wi-Fi and showcase local rotating art and artist receptions, book signings, poetry readings and local musicians periodically.

Ray’s Café is open Monday through Friday 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 6:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells 60-Year-Old Tavern

Luigi’s Out – Nettie’s In

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It’s been 60 years since Luigi’s Tavern first opened its doors at 5119 Asbury Avenue in Tinton Falls, Monmouth County, New Jersey. The long-standing bar and restaurant was originally built by Luigi Menditto in 1958-1959 and was known for their cold drinks, delicious thin-crust pizza, warm atmosphere and loyal customers, the establishment soon became a local’s hangout, frequented by the Tinton Falls community who appreciated the memories and the history that the site carried with it over the years. On June 1, 2018, the Menditto’s served their last drink at the establishment.

Luigi’s has been sold according to Richard R. Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale. For the past 38 years, Luigi’s Tavern has been owned and operated by Luigi’s son and daughter-in-law, Rudy and Barbara Menditto. When the hard-working couple felt that it was time to finally retire from the business, they contacted Allenhurst commercial real estate firm, Bielat Santore & Company to help them sell.

The Menditto family had been no strangers to the restaurant industry since before their journey began at the tavern. Dating back to 1932, when the national government abolished prohibition, Luigi was among the first to receive a consumption license from the City of Asbury Park. It was then that he opened a successful bar, Lou’s Tap Room at Railroad and Cookman Avenues, later followed by Eatontown eatery known for its live entertainment, The Greenbrier, and then Lou’s Tavern in Tinton Falls.

The new owners, Chris and Tania Calabrese, jumped on the opportunity to take over with aspirations of transforming Luigi’s into a fresh, new, Italian restaurant and bar. The seasoned restaurateurs gave the property a complete design overhaul, while still maintaining some of the previous restaurant’s unique charm that customers have enjoyed for years.

On Wednesday, November 28, 2019, Nettie’s House of Spaghetti celebrated their grand opening inviting guests to try out their plant-based menu sprinkled in with old Italian classics. With seating of up to 80 people between their dining and bar area, the restaurant is open for dinner on Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and Sunday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Visit their website to view their complete menu at https://www.nettiesrestaurant.com/.

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Joseph Denker of Bielat Santore & Company Sells Upper Crust Sandwich Café

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Fully-Equipped Deli; well maintained in Iselin, Middlesex County, NJ; located at the heart of densely populated commercial/residential area was sold by Bielat Santore & Company Salesman, Joseph Denker.

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells Another New Jersey Liquor License

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The liquor license was a Type “32” license, a Plenary Retail Consumption License w/ Broad Package Privilege

Bielat Santore & Company has just sold another liquor license as reported by Richard R. Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey the broker for the sale. The Allenhurst, New Jersey firm has sold hundreds of liquor licenses within the State of New Jersey.

This liquor license was a Type “32” license; a Plenary Retail Consumption License w/ Broad Package Privilege. This license authorizes the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the licensed premises by the glass or other open receptacle and also allows the sale of alcoholic beverages in original containers for consumption off the licensed premises. The sale of package goods is not restricted to the public barroom thus the license can be used to operate a package goods store if desired.

Seaside Heights is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey. As a resort community, the beach, an amusement-oriented boardwalk, and numerous clubs and bars make it a popular vacation destination. Seaside Heights calls itself, “Your Home for Family Fun Since 1913!” The beach season runs from March to October, with the peak months being July and August when the summer population explodes to 30,000 to 65,000.

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Former “Grimaldi’s” Restaurant Sold By Bielat Santore & Company

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Highlands – Rising Up

The former “Grimaldi’s,” restaurant and bar located at 123 Bay Avenue, Highlands, New Jersey, has been sold according to Barry Bielat of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale. Prior to Hurricane Sandy, the location was the home of Grimaldi’s Coal Brick Oven Pizzeria; in fact, the coal-fired brick oven is one of the only items that survived Sandy.

Patsy Grimaldi, the founder of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, learned to make pizza at age ten at Patsy’s Pizzeria, his uncle Patsy Lancieri’s restaurant in Italian Harlem in 1941. Decades later, Grimaldi decided to go into business for himself and originally planned to his own restaurant in Manhattan. However, Grimaldi believed coal-fired brick ovens produced the best pizza and new coal ovens were illegal in Manhattan. As a result, Grimaldi opened Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn, New York in 1990. In the late 1990s, Patsy Grimaldi retired, selling the Grimaldi’s name and franchise. Highlands, New Jersey was one of those franchise locations.

Unfortunately, like many other businesses in the Highlands, Grimaldi’s never recovered after Superstorm Sandy. The building sat empty for several years. Red Bank, New Jersey real estate developer, Northeast Professional Planning, Group purchased the land, building and liquor license. The developer intends to fully remodel the facility, which includes two residential apartments on the second floor. Following extensive renovations, NPPG will lease out the 5,106 square foot restaurant and bar and the two residential apartments. Anticipated completion date is May 1, 2018.

The entire Borough of Highlands has been in a rebuilding mode since Sandy. Harborside at Hudson’s Ferry, the name given to the 49-unit townhouse complex by the developing company Pulte Homes of New Jersey, has delivered a facelift to the section of Highlands near the entrance to the Henry Hudson Trail. Homes in that area are currently listed between $600,000 and more than $1 million, according to Pulte. Sandy Hook Bay Marina had been completed restored including the addition of a full-service waterfront restaurant, Bay Pointe Inn.

Dozens of homes are being elevated and restored, and many of the commercial buildings on Bay Avenue have also been regenerated. The Seastreak Ferry, providing direct passenger service to and from New York City, continues to bring hundreds of people into Highlands every day. Mark this writer’s words; “within the next 12-18 months, Highlands will become the next ‘hot spot’ at the Jersey Shore.”

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells The Cove in Bayville, New Jersey to MJ’s

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MJ’s Hooks #6 – This One Waterfront

Central New Jersey’s fastest growing restaurant company, MJ’s, has just purchased their sixth restaurant location on the Barnegat Bay in Berkeley Township, Ocean County, New Jersey. This is the first MJ’s location in Ocean County and the first waterfront location for the company. The broker for the sale was Richard R. Santore of, Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey. Bielat Santore & Company is MJ’s exclusive real estate broker that has selected the sites, negotiated the transactions and secured financing for each of its six locations.

MJ’s purchased a restaurant and bar formerly known as the Cove, with 300 feet of frontage on the Barnegat Bay in Berkeley Township, New Jersey. The 3+ acre property includes a 13,000 square foot fully equipped restaurant and bar, an outdoor deck, tiki-bar and kitchen. There are also 21 boat slips at the site. The restaurant will undergo extensive renovations in order to convert it into an MJ’s restaurant. These renovations are expected to take 60-90 days to complete. MJ’s anticipates opening up for business on or before Memorial Day weekend.

MJ’s restaurants specialize in standard American fare, with an attention to taste and quality in a fun-filled, sports-bar style environment. Each location has its own unique charm and relaxing atmosphere. It’s where you can sit down for a pleasant lunch or dinner in one of the dining rooms or watch your favorite game at a spacious bar. MJ’s uses only the finest ingredients for all of their appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, salads and pizza. Their pizza is the best in the area; thin or traditional crust! Mouth-watering chef’s choices and drink specials are featured daily, along with live entertainment 4-5 nights a week. MJ’s happy hour is the best in the area, every Monday – Friday at the bar.

Other MJ’s Restaurant are located at: Route 537 and Sycamore Avenue in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, Highway 35 in Middletown, New Jersey, Highway 66, Neptune, New Jersey, Highway 34 in Matawan, New Jersey and Summerhill Road in Spotswood, New Jersey. All of the MJ’s restaurants have been well-received and are extremely popular. Already looking ahead toward #7, MJ’s is actively pursuing new locations. All site selection is managed by Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey.

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells Eatontown Italian Market

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Pizzuto’s Market Sold to Two Paisans

Think of an Italian market, and what’s the first image that comes to mind? A bustling, aromatic shop with huge wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese on the counter and small wedges of pecorino Romano in baskets. Shelves stocked with jars of imported capers, olive oils and plump white beans. And above it all, ropes of sausage and prosciutto hams, dangling from the ceiling. Refrigerators offering an impressive selection of imported cured meats alongside salami, speck and bresaola, plus sausages and fresh mozzarella that are made in the store. Plain and stuffed fresh pastas and house-made sauces pack the shelves as well, next to trays of lasagna, eggplant Parmesan and individual cups of tiramisu. Imported pantry goods such as vinegars, cans of Italian coffee beans and wines do double duty as scene-setters and sellable goods.

Got the picture; now get the goods, the good Italian goods. According to Richard R. Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, Pizzuto’s Market located at 15 Highway 35, Eatontown, New Jersey was sold to two highly-skilled food operators. These operators, Michael D’Angelo and Richard Pesce have been seasoned in the restaurant business, the pizzeria business and the Italian deli business for over 25 years. Joseph Denker, a salesperson for Bielat Santore & Company, introduced D’Angelo and Pesce to the market and was the agent that guided the new owners in their purchase of the store.

Pizzuto’s Italian Market is centrally located between the Monmouth Mall and Red Bank, New Jersey, fronting on the heavily traveled Route 35. Proprietors D’Angelo and Pesce are hands-on owners. Both men are trained chefs. D’Angelo has a restaurant, catering and Italian Deli background and Pesce a background in the pizzeria business. Together they will create, present and offer the finest in Italian prepared foods, sandwiches, homemade pastas, soups, breads and fresh mozzarella all complimented by an array of the best-tasting pizzas in the area for. The market will also offer an extensive off-premise catering menu.

Pizzuto’s is open Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. So, stop in and say hello to the two Paisans at Pizzuto’s…you’ll be glad you did!

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells Hometown Bar

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Neighborhood Tavern Changes Hands

For more than 50 years the Hiawatha Tavern has been a fixture in Hazlet Township. Changing from owner to owner over the years, it was purchased by Michael Fiscina in 2002 and centrally located on Highway 35, Hazlet, Monmouth County, New Jersey. In 2007 the bar was relocated to a larger parcel of property on Highway 36 in Hazlet.

Mike’s Hiawatha Inn thrived for the past 10 years as a meeting place for the locals, offering great drinks and typical bar fare. Many a party and celebration were celebrated by the local clientele at the Hiawatha.

When health issues caused Mike to decide to sell, he contacted Bielat Santore & Company, an Allenhurst, New Jersey firm, specializing in the sale of bars and restaurants for over 35 years, to package and market the bar. According to Robert Gillis, Bielat Santore & Company’s salesperson responsible for the sale, the bar was sold on Monday, November 6, 2017. Gillis, who himself had once owned and operated a bar in Hazlet was instrumental in bringing the matter to a successful closing.

The new owners will continue to operate the facility as a traditional “neighborhood tavern” under the name, Nic’s Hometown Tavern. Good luck and continued success to a Hazlet food & beverage institution!

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells Point Pleasant Beach Restaurant

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709 – B2 = BINGO!

For nearly ten years, the trendy bar and restaurant located at 709 Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, named simply “709,” has been the “go to” eating and drinking spot in downtown Point Pleasant Beach. Upon entering the facility patrons belly-up to a handsome mahogany bar where on most nights, the crowd is two or three deep. Customers look up from the bar and become mesmerized by a wall of water, continuously changing colors and bubbling around the “709” logo. As one walks through the bar room, you enter a cozy dining room complete with floor to ceiling mirrors and a stone-hearth fireplace. If that is not enticing enough, one can ride the elevator to the second floor and enter the “Living Room;” a private party room that seats 100, accompanied by a second mahogany bar, another stone- hearth fireplace, and an outdoor veranda looking over downtown Point Pleasant Beach.

Although all of that ambiance is still in tack, the ownership is not. As reported by Richard R. Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey the broker for the sale, the restaurant was sold to the owners and operators of the acclaimed B2 Bistro in Red Bank, New Jersey. Both Santore and his partner Barry Bielat worked toward completing this transaction and are enthusiastically awaiting the change-over from 709 to B2. According to Bielat, the new owners are going to transform 709 into a second B2 Bistro + Bar, introducing Ocean County to the concept that Monmouth County has been raving about.

The B2 Bistro + Bar is a perfect destination for everyone from hip, socially-connected Millennials to discerning, worldly Baby Boomers. The concept offers a casual, welcoming atmosphere, an exceptional menu, an active and well-stocked bar, and fabulous service and hospitality. The kitchen staff transforms the freshest locally-sourced ingredients into delectable culinary creations with their own innovative and creative twists. Based on the popular bistro-style cooking in the United States, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, and other Mediterranean countries, B2’s culinary focal point is its wood burning oven where many of the dishes are prepared, in particular, the specialty pizzas. The exposed oven serves as a key social-gathering point in the restaurant.

The bar at B2 provides an eclectic and well-priced wine list, a continuously rotating selection of craft draught beers, and a raft of exceptionally crafted cocktails. The bar specializes in barrel aging spirits and using only fresh seasonal fruit in its drinks. The new proprietors will operate the Point Pleasant Beach restaurant and bar as 709 until after the holidays. Thereafter, following renovations, they will seek to reopen in the spring as B2 Bistro + Bar. Keep a close eye on this one!

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Bielat Santore & Company Bails Bank Out, Sells REO Property

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The Transaction Closed on October 31, 2017

A foreclosure occurs when a property owner cannot make principal and/or interest payments on a loan. The property then goes through the foreclosure process and is placed for sale by auction. If the opening bid is not met, the property becomes a REO or real estate owned by the lender. When a lender does have to take an asset back, it wants to dispose of it in the most efficient manner possible

Notwithstanding the long-running claim that most restaurants fail and are foreclosed on, the reality is that failing restaurants usually are sold by professional commercial real estate firms such as Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey before they ever get to that stage. Over its 35 years in business, Bielat Santore & Company has sold hundreds of restaurants. The majority have been operating and successful, some have been operating and unsuccessful and a limited number have been closed down and bank owned. This story is about the latter.

Bielat Santore & Company was hired by Republic Bank to dispose of a closed restaurant in Waretown, Ocean County, New Jersey. The subject restaurant included land, building and a liquor license. The bank had foreclosed on the real estate and thus the property became bank owned. Because the Philadelphia headquartered bank had no experience with liquor licenses in New Jersey and did not want to take possession of that asset, Republic Bank had Bielat Santore & Company appointed as a “court receiver” to sell the license. A receiver’s main function is to liquidate the available asset(s) and ensure as much debt as possible is paid back to creditors.

Although selling a closed restaurant in the post “Superstorm Sandy” depressed region of Ocean County was a difficult task, and probably took longer than both Republic Bank and Bielat Santore & Company had first anticipated, a buyer was found. But that was only the beginning; now the work began. How do you secure financing for a start-up business to purchase and renovate a restaurant property that had failed in business and had been closed for nearly two years? Not easy; but accomplished by Bielat Santore & Company, who, while in business, has secured in excess of $500,000,000 in financing to facilitate restaurant related transactions.

The transaction closed on October 31, 2017 as reported by Richard R. Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey the broker for the sale. Following an estimated 4-6 weeks of renovations, Breakers Kitchen & Tap will open its doors at 535 Highway 9, Waretown, New Jersey. Breakers Kitchen & Tap will take advantage of the popularity of gourmet bar food, fresh local seafood, and craft beer. The concept will also incorporate televised sporting events, a focus on friendly and professional service and a concentration on supporting the community.

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells Another Oceanfront Parcel

Oceanfront Restaurant Changes Hands

Recently written up in the periodical “Country Living,” Long Branch, New Jersey has been touted as one of the “23 Best Small Town Main Streets in America.” And the main street in Long Branch, Ocean Avenue, runs right along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The award-winning Pier Village, a mixed-use beach front Victorian-inspired community, featuring dining, shops and services is a prominent attraction on the Long Branch oceanfront.

Likewise, for more than 40 years, there has been another central meeting place on the Long Branch oceanfront; “Charley’s Ocean Grill.” Established in 1985 this traditional neighborhood restaurant and tavern, located at 29 Avenel Avenue, Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey, has enjoyed a lasting reputation as a focal point of the community and a meeting place for locals to gather socially to enjoy an abundance of good food, drink and music.

Over the past 12 years Charley’s has been owned and operated by the Pappalyiou brothers who tore down the little neighborhood bar in 2008 and erected a brand new two-story 9,000 square foot restaurant and bar in its place. The business increased tremendously following construction and the loyal local clientele who were sad to see their little old tavern torn down, welcomed their first-rate new environment with open arms and open pockets.

When the Pappalyiou brothers decided to retire and sell the restaurant, they called on Allenhurst commercial real estate firm Bielat Santore & Company, to handle the transaction. That transaction closed on September 15, 2017 as reported by Richard R. Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey the broker for the sale.

The new owners, seasoned restauranteurs, will continue to operate Charley’s as a family-orientated, family-priced and family quality restaurant and bar. “We believe that Long Branch has a bright future. There are many significant residential real estate developments that are breaking ground on Ocean Avenue along the ocean, and downtown on Broadway and Brighton Avenue. We plan on taking advantage of the influx of customers these developments will generate,” state Charley’s new proprietors.

With seating for up to 250, including two spacious bars and two inviting outdoor decks with direct ocean views, Charley’s Ocean Grill not only offers a full ala carte and drink menu, it can also cater private affairs for up to 120 guests. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and private affairs.

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells Union, NJ Celebrated Restaurant

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Tarrantella – A Dance and a Restaurant

No Italian wedding or celebration would be complete without the rhythmic song and dance of the “tarantella.” It is the most popular of all the Italian songs and it is even considered by many as the song of Italy. The song is both lively and graceful and the dance is one of light and quick steps mixed with passionate gestures. Its origin dates back to the Middles Ages.

Likewise, no Italian meal or celebration would be complete without the authentic Italian cuisine, superior culinary skills and fresh ingredients of the “Tarantella Ristorante.” It is the largest Italian restaurant in Clark, New Jersey and it is even considered by many as the only Italian restaurant to go to when in Clark. The restaurant is both lively and inviting and the menu offers a complete line of southern Italian cuisine. It has been family owned and operated since inception, which dates back fifteen years. Tarantella’s is a place where every customer is treated as a guest in the owner’s home.

Since its beginning, this well-known restaurant, bar and pizzeria, located at 1199 Raritan Road in Clark, New Jersey had been owned and operated by the Constantin family. On May 15, 2017 the Constantin’s “ownership tarantella” ended when the restaurant was sold, as reported by Richard R. Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey the broker for the sale. Proprietor Stanley Constantin decided it was time to retire and to sell Tarantella’s after nearly 50 years in the business. His dancing days are over; or are they just beginning?

The new owner, a seasoned restauranteur, will continue to operate Tarantella’s as a family orientated, family-priced and family quality restaurant. Tarantella’s menu is extensive, serving some of the finest southern Italian meat, chicken and seafood dishes in the area, in addition to a complete array of pastas, a variety of sandwiches, wraps and salads and a celebrated line of pizza for both on premise and take-out consumption.

With seating for up to 250, including a spacious bar, Tarantella’s also offers a full complement of in-house and off-premise catering packages. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and private affairs. So for your next celebration, instead of the Waltz, Tango, or Electric Slide, take a stab at dancing the Tarantella; 1199 Raritan Road, Clark, New Jersey!

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells Towering Pizzeria

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New Owner Now Making the Dough

There is a new owner making all of the dough at Ciro’s Pizza Café, 25 Morristown Road, Matawan, New Jersey. Louis Trupiano has purchased the ongoing concern and will continue to operate the business under the distinguished Ciro’s Pizza trade name, as reported by Richard R. Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey the broker for the sale.

The original Ciro Pizza Cafe was established in Staten Island, New York in 1997 by Ciro Pappalardo. Ciro had worked in the restaurant business since immigrating to the United States from Naples, Italy in 1962. His brothers had established Joe & Pat’s Pizzeria, today considered one of Staten Island’s most renowned pizzerias. Ciro’s Pizza Café made its New Jersey debut in Matawan in July, 2011. After almost six years in business the commuting back and forth between Staten Island and New York became problematical at best, thus leading to the sale which took place today.

Entrepreneur and marketing whizz, Louis Trupiano saw an opportunity to convert one man’s problem into his eventual benefit. Trupiano decided to fuse together Ciro’s well-known reputation for its pizza, made with the freshest ingredients, thinner crust, home-made sauce and strategically placed cheese and toppings with the power of social media, internet, radio and cable advertising to build his own pizza empire. “The food is terrific here; the restaurant is beautiful. The problem is very few of the approximately 700,000 people living with in a 10 mile radius know about us,” states Trupiano. “The previous owner advertised very little and did not spread the word. I plan on blitzing the market. That’s my nature, that’s my specialty, that’s what I do.”

When it comes to authentic Italian cuisine, superior culinary skills and fresh ingredients, Ciro Pizza Café is the place to go in Matawan, New Jersey. And you are going to hear about from Louis Trupiano. “We’re the best pizza around; come in and try it.” Ciro’s Pizza Café is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and private affairs.

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MJ’s Restaurant Buys Neptune Property

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Central New Jersey’s hottest restaurant and bar concept just purchased their Neptune, NJ location according to Bielat Santore & Company

Central New Jersey’s hottest restaurant and bar concept, MJ’s, has just purchased their Neptune, New Jersey restaurant building and 4 acre tract of land that it had been leasing for the past five years, according to Richard R. Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale.

The Neptune location was the third of five MJ’s restaurants opened by proprietors Angelo DiCapua and Robert Webster. DiCapua and Webster opened their first MJ’s restaurant together in 2009 at the intersection of Route 537 and Sycamore Avenue in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. MJ’s #2, opened in 2010 and is situated directly on Highway 35 in Middletown, New Jersey. MJ’s #3 opened in 2011 on Highway 66, Neptune, New Jersey. MJ’s #4 in 2013 opened on Highway 34 in Matawan, New Jersey and MJ’s #5 opened in 2015 on Summerhill Road in Spotswood, New Jersey. All of the MJ’s restaurants have been well-received and are extremely popular.

MJ’s restaurants specialize in standard American fare, with an attention to taste and quality in a fun-filled, sports-bar style environment. Each location has its own unique charm and relaxing atmosphere. It’s where you can sit down for a pleasant lunch or dinner in one of the dining rooms or watch your favorite game at a spacious bar. MJ’s uses only the finest ingredients for all of their appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, salads and pizza. Their pizza is the best in the area; thin or traditional crust! Mouth-watering chef’s choices and drink specials are featured daily, along with live entertainment 4-5 nights a week. MJ’s happy hour is the best in the area, every Monday – Friday at the bar.

Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey is the “exclusive broker” for MJ’s Neptune, and has been extremely instrumental in finding, negotiating and financing each of the MJ’s restaurant locations. “We are currently deciding on our sixth location. We are reviewing sites in both Ocean and Middlesex counties and are actively seeking additional locations throughout central New Jersey,” explains Santore of Bielat Santore & Company.

MJ’s owns the ground under three of its existing locations. This latest Neptune real estate transaction was financed by Manasquan Bank, Manasquan, New Jersey. The company intends to develop and lease out two acres of the four acre tract to a select commercial tenant, which will provide additional rental income going forward.

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Bielat Santore & Company Helps the Bar Room Get a Little More Elbow Room

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The Elbow Room Bar + Kitchen has opened in Bradley Beach, NJ

The Elbow Room Bar + Kitchen is now open at 416 Main Street, Bradley Beach, New Jersey. Business partners Jay Vacchiano, executive chef Dino Fornicola, and general manager, Madelyn Snow, have all been in the restaurant industry starting at a very young age. Vacchiano has been in the business for over 15 years, realized his dream just a few years ago when he opened his first restaurant, the Bar Room in Deal, NJ. Madelyn Snow has direct ties to the new Bradley Beach location. Her parents, the Caporaso’s, owned a former restaurant at the same address, the Draughting Table, for more than a decade before retiring.

When asked how the name was chosen, Vacchiano said, “We were simply outgrowing the Bar Room and needed a little more “Elbow Room.” The new restaurant will replicate the same great food and service at the Bar Room. The menu will also be similar but expanded to include a few new specialty dishes to coincide with exceptional cocktail offerings. The Elbow Room is a great local bar, as Vacchiano describes it; “A casual neighborhood place where you can always get great food and great service. We want the Elbow Room to be the go-to place!” When dining out you can enjoy everything from a hearty burger to delish braised short-ribs to pappardelle Bolognese; there really is something for everyone on the menu, with very reasonable pricing as well.

The Elbow Room Bar + Kitchen is open every day except Tuesday, from 4:00pm to close. The Elbow Room will also be opening for brunch on Sundays and lunch in the near future. Visit their website and Facebook page for more information on upcoming events and specials at http://www.elbowroomnj.com or follow them on Facebook.

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells Legendary NJ Pub

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Landmark New Brunswick restaurant, Tumulty’s Pub has officially been sold

Although prematurely being reported by various sources as sold, Richard Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, confirms that the landmark New Brunswick restaurant, Tumulty’s Pub has been officially sold on August 4, 2016 by his firm.

“There were several earlier reports of this sale and yes I wish it had been sold earlier; but believe me, this deal took an inordinate amount of energy, persistence and perseverance to bring it to a closing table today,” says Santore.

“I knew that when my salesman Joseph Denker bought this listing into our office that I had a buyer ready to go,” continues Santore. That buyer was Richard and Sheila Weber, owner of the Brunswick Grove in East Brunswick, New Jersey. “I was involved in the sale of the Brunswick Grove when the Webers purchased it some 13 years ago. I have stayed in touch with Rich Weber and over the past 12-18 months, he has been actively pursuing a second location, particularly in the New Brunswick marketplace. When I told him Tumulty’s was for sale he immediately replied; “I’ll buy it!

Tumulty’s Pub is one of the oldest businesses in the New Brunswick, having been a longstanding fixture in downtown New Brunswick for more than 80 years. Tumulty’s opened as the University Pub in 1937 at George and Washington Streets in the city. Peter “Brains” Tumulty ran the spot. Tumulty’s son and his wife bought the pub in 1962 and turned it into a restaurant. A fire destroyed Tumulty’s in 1970 and it was rebuilt. In 1982, Tumulty’s moved to its current spot at 361 George Street to accommodate the building of the Johnson & Johnson headquarters.

Richard and Sheila Weber have been recently joined by their sons Michael and David in operating the Brunswick Grove in East Brunswick. The family is looking forward to working together in renovating and revitalizing Tumulty’s Pub, rebuilding is renowned reputation and brand. The restaurant will undergo extensive interior renovations over the next sixty days. Following renovations, the restaurant will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

The new Tumulty’s Pub looks forward to once again becoming the “First Date” restaurant for many Rutgers students, a meeting place for businesspeople, and a great place for parents to bring their children.

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Bielat Santore & Company’s Joseph Denker Sells Bradley Beach Restaurant

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Changing of the Guard at 812 Main Street, Bradley Beach, New Jersey

Since 2001, Citricos, located at 812 Main Street, Bradley Beach, New Jersey has served good traditional Southern Italian charm and cuisine to its patrons. Although Citricos may be considered to be located within a seasonal marketplace, this well-received Mediterranean Italian Grille has enjoyed a year-round following that its founder, Michael D’Angelo, has built and nurtured with over 15 years of hard work, word class recipes and impeccable hospitality.

According to Joseph Denker, of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the agent involved in the sale, “this sale was an emotional decision for Michael, but after almost 40 years in the restaurant business, 15 of those years at Citricos, he felt it was time to hand the reigns over.” The restaurant has been sold to the team of Danny Kerr and Patricia Cox who will both work closely with Mr. D’Angelo to ensure that the clientele at the restaurant experience the same quality food and warm hospitality they have come to know and expect. Many loyal customers have already met the new owners and have taken kindly to them.

Danny and Trisha bring with them over four decades, collectively of experience in the restaurant business. They have no plans to change anything about the restaurant. The menu at Citricos includes delicious Italian and Mediterranean favorites created from scratch with fresh-from-the-market ingredients. Hearty soups and amazing appetizers are a top the menu, but are directly followed by a selection of steak, chicken, pasta, fish, veal, homemade desserts and more. In addition, many creative specials are presented with the menu each night. The new owners will supervise everything in the kitchen and in the dining room making sure each customer is treated like a guest in their home.

Citricos is open Monday through Saturday for dinner only. The restaurant is closed on Sunday.

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells 21 South Bar & Grille

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21 South Bar & Grille to become Cornerstone Kitchen & Tap in the latest venture for restauranteur Mark Chen. In his new restaurant, Chen is planning to combine regional American fused cuisine in conjunction with an extensive line of craft beers

Since 2012, 21 South Bar and Grille, located at 21 South Hope Chapel Road, Jackson Township, New Jersey has served sports and entertainment lovers in Ocean County with food, drink, sports and live entertainment, establishing itself as one of the most popular social destinations in the area. 21 South provided an exceptional dining experience within the confines of a city-like, lounge atmosphere equipped with contemporary decor, lighting and sound systems. The restaurant transformed the local sports bar into a lifestyle venue catering to the young professional who enjoys an extraordinary experience in the midst of catching his/her favorite sporting event.

According to Joseph Denker, of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the agent involved in the sale, the restaurant has been sold to a group headed up by Mark Chen, owner of Koi Asian Fusion Lounge in Brick Township, New Jersey and will be closed for approximately three weeks for renovations, reopening as Cornerstone Kitchen & Tap. “The former owner of 21 South, Randy Holt, did an amazing job with his place, but being the consummate entrepreneur, Randy has several other projects on the horizon which required his full attention” continues Denker; “thus the reason for the sale.”

Cornerstone Kitchen & Tap is the latest venture for restauranteur Mark Chen. Chen’s Koi Asian Fusion is cuisine that combines elements of different culinary traditions. Fusion food is a general term for the combination of various forms of cookery and comes in several forms. Regional fusion combines different cuisines of a region or sub-region into a single eating new experience. In his new restaurant, Chen is planning to combine regional American fused cuisine in conjunction with an extensive line of craft beers. The menu will be family friendly, including several options prepared with farm to table ingredients for the health conscious diner. A renovated bar will feature 26 craft beers on tap. Chen is committed to serving delicious food at affordable prices, in a comfortable neighborhood atmosphere.

Cornerstone Kitchen & Tap is scheduled to open seven days a week for lunch and dinner during the first week of May 2016.

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells Rumson, NJ Landmark Restaurant

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Monmouth County restaurant, What’s You Beef has been sold!

For nearly 50 years, What’s Your Beef has been a heralded steak house in Monmouth County, New Jersey, popular with locals and families who are looking for a good cut of beef without having to travel very far. Since its inception in 1969, the restaurant has known only two owners. And now, according to Richard Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, it has its third. Santore who brokered the sale, reports that What’s Your Beef has been sold to a group headed up by Marilyn Schlossbach, owner of Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park, New Jersey, along with several other sister restaurants in Monmouth County.

What’s Your Beef instituted a unique dining concept in 1969 that is still very fashionable today. Patrons line up at a refrigerated case and choose their cut of beef (i.e., filet, sirloin, rib eye). A professional chef stationed at a grill next to the case, cuts the meat exactly to the customer’s order (8 ounces, 12 ounces, etc.). The chef then grills the meat precisely to the desired temperature, as the next patron steps up and orders. Other offerings such as pork, veal and fish are also displayed inside the refrigerated case and are available to order. “The concept has withstood the test of time. It still draws a big family audience because the parents are treated to a great steak dinner and the kids enjoy watching the show,” continues Santore.

The new proprietor, Marilyn Scholossbach, a self-taught chef that has been wowing customers since 1982 with her unique culturally-mixed dishes inspired by her love of traveling, intends to maintain the What’s Your Beef concept, although enhancing it by infusing her “farm to table” philosophy and bill of fare. The cooking enthusiast also believes that being personable and interacting with customers is one of the best ways to attract a crowd. “Being heavily involved in the community is important to every business I own. Who I am as a person and what I undertake within the community is a part of what keeps customers coming back,” states Schlossbach.

The restaurant will remain open seven days a week while undergoing minor renovations. Following renovations the new owners plan on expanding the traditional 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm restaurant hours, by adding a lunch menu and a late night bar menu. Rumson will hold on to its legendary restaurant; however it promises to be better than ever as it presses onward to its 50th year in business.

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells Water’s Edge Restaurant

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What goes around comes around

What three short years can bring. In October 2012, Bielat Santore & Company sold the Water’s Edge Restaurant, located directly on the Barnegat Bay weeks before Superstorm Sandy devastated the New Jersey coastline. Regrettably for the new proprietors, the Ziegler family, Superstorm Sandy totally destroyed the restaurant before they ever had the chance to open for business. With time, a great deal of money and a tremendous amount of perseverance, the Zieglers rebuilt the Water’s Edge from the ground up, and we mean up (about 14 feet off the ground). In late summer of 2013, nearly one year after Sandy hit, the Water’s Edge was back in business, bigger and better than ever.

However, the owners discovered that rebuilding business was much more difficult and time sensitive than rebuilding the restaurant facility itself. In an attempt not to rely entirely on the built-in summertime business from customers who flock to the restaurant’s massive 7,000 square foot outdoor deck, equipped with “Tiki-Bars,” outdoor kitchen and a bandstand for music listening and dancing pleasure, the Zieglers focused on developing a catering business within the confines of the elegant, up-to-date space they had recently created. Building a catering business takes time because one needs to book dates in advance in order to produce revenue that will come in down the road. Time was one-thing the Zieglers did not have enough of. So in June of 2015 they contacted Richard Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey and asked him to sell the restaurant.

Bielat Santore & Company decided to contact the Water’s Edge’s previous owners to see if they would have any interest in buying the completely renovated and remodeled facility back. Barry Bielat of Bielat Santore & Company had been working very closely with those owners and knew they were in the market for a waterfront location. The hunch paid off and on October 6, 2015 the Water’s Edge was sold back to its former owner. “What goes around comes around!”

Nestled on the Barnegat Bay, the Waters Edge is a great place to meet for food, drinks or entertainment. The exquisite atmosphere and tranquil setting make the Waters Edge the latest and most talked about facility to hold a wedding reception or other catered affair in Ocean County, New Jersey.

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells NJ Landmark Shadowbrook Estate

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The Shadowbrook mansion has a rich history, dating back to its completion in 1907. Originally built as a fine country estate for Dr. Fahnestock, a wealthy surgeon from Manhattan and his family, Shadowbrook was the hallmark of grandeur landscape and the largest and most distinguished estate ever built in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. The Shadowbrook hosted its first social function in 1941 and became a fine restaurant in 1943. In 1971, Shadowbrook was acquired by the Zweben Family, who built and operated one of the most prestigious catering and banquet centers in the New Jersey.

According to Richard R. Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, that long line of ownership has come to a close. Santore, who brokered the sale states that the Zweben Family, owners for over 43 years have sold the 17 acre Shadowbrook estate to another one of New Jersey’s leading caterers. The enterprising proprietors of the Venetian catering complex in Garfield, New Jersey and Seasons catering facility in Washington Township, New Jersey are now the new owners of the Shadowbrook.

“This is one of the most significant sales our firm has brokered,” says Santore. Santore’s company, Bielat Santore & Company, is an established New Jersey commercial real estate firm. The company’s expertise lies chiefly within the restaurant and hospitality industry, specializing in the sale of restaurants and other food and beverage real estate and businesses. Since 1978, the principals of Bielat Santore & Company, Barry Bielat and Richard Santore, have sold more restaurants and similar type properties in New Jersey than any other real estate company. Furthermore, the firm has secured in excess of $500,000,000 in financing to facilitate these transactions.

This is not the end of an era, but the beginning of another age for the Shadowbrook. The new owners plan to upgrade the facility and add a spacious ballroom that can accommodate 400-500 guests. Their Venetian and Seasons facilities offer consummate elegance, sophisticated white-glove service with attention to detail and the finest cuisine available, making each and every affair they cater, a timeless memory. The Shadowbrook lives on and is expected to be bigger and better than ever!

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Forte Restaurant Has Seen Its Day

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Bielat Santore & Company sells Point Pleasant, New Jersey eatery

The word forte is defined as a highly developed characteristic, talent or skill that someone or something excels in. For over two decades, the Forte Restaurant on Bridge Avenue in Point Pleasant did just that; excelled! According to Richard R. Santore of, Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale, the restaurant has been sold, will be closed down for extensive renovations and will reopen with a new name and a new concept.

“This sale is quite memorable for me,” continues Santore. “I sold the former Phoenix Restaurant to John Ucal over 20 years ago and after he renamed it the Forte Restaurant he proceeded to evolve it into one of the finest restaurants in the area. On the other side of the table are the new buyers, also very good clients of mine. Nearly 10 years ago I had sold them Harpoon Willy’s in Manasquan. Working with people you know and like is not only very rewarding but very personable to me. I am extremely happy that I could help both the seller and buyer close this sale.”

Following 4-6 weeks of renovations, the new proprietors will open on Bridge Avenue with a similar concept to their highly successful Harpoon Willy’s restaurant. Plans call for a complete redesign of the current facility opening up the entire first floor and adding an outdoor deck for the fair weather months. The signature Harpoon Willy’s behind the bar grill will be installed and utilized to tantalize customers with the aroma of charbroiled burgers and daily surf and turf offerings. The new restaurant will provide a fresh, upscale casual atmosphere where the entire family can enjoy great food and drink at reasonable prices without compromising quality.

The menu will feature a raw bar, distinctive sandwiches, garden-fresh salads, seafood and steaks. A few signature dishes from Harpoon Willy’s will be incorporated into the new Bridge Avenue location, giving locals two unique restaurants to frequent. Daily specials will feature the best of what the food markets have to offer.
Stay tuned for the grand opening scheduled in late August or September.

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Charley’s Other Brother, Eastampton Township, New Jersey, Has Been Sold

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Charley’s Other Brother is scheduled to reopen as O’Connor’s American Bar & Grill next month

Since 1972, Charley’s Other Brother, located at 1383 Monmouth Road, Eastampton Township, New Jersey has served the residents of Burlington County with fine food and drink, establishing itself as one of the most popular dining destinations in the area. According to Richard R. Santore of, Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale, the restaurant has been sold and will be closed down for extensive renovations, reopening as O’Connor’s American Bar & Grill. “Charley’s, as good as it may have been, has seen its day,” continues Santore.

The former owner of the Cambridge Inn in Spotswood, New Jersey Pat O’Connor, a 25 year veteran of the restaurant business, saw the opportunity in the location, the physical plant and the 6 acre parcel and purchased the restaurant with big plans for change! Under O’Connor’s watch the restaurant will undergo extensive renovations that will include, but not be limited to, marrying a small dining room with the main bar and installing 25 new TV’s and 36 beers on tap. In addition, he will remodel the 200 seat banquet room and entranceway, and renovate and re-finish a private bar and party room on the lower level.

Following 4-6 weeks of renovations, the new O’Connor’s American Bar & Grill is scheduled to be unveiled, with a fresh new look, a lively new feel and an upscale “pub menu” including sandwiches, salads, steaks, chops and maybe a little bit of “Irish flavor.” Specialties will include organic-fed steaks and chops, free-range chicken dishes and a triple-decker sandwich on rye toast with pastrami, corned beef and Swiss cheese, all topped with Russian dressing and Cole slaw. “There will be a bunch of different burgers and an assortment of appetizers as well,” says O’Connor.

O’Connor is committed to serving delicious food at affordable prices together with the best in craft beers and wines, in a comfortable neighborhood atmosphere. He will position the business to be a full-service, family restaurant that will be noted for its outstanding food all freshly prepared at excellent value. Service will be both professional and friendly with O’Connor, his wife Terri and their son Patrick Jr. overseeing everything.

O’Connor’s American Bar & Grill is scheduled to open seven days a week for lunch and dinner on or about July 1, 2015.

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Bielat Santore & Company Closes Big Sale to Finish Up 2014

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MJ’s Restaurant Takes Down number 5; slated to open in upcoming year

The MJ’S boys, Angelo DiCapua and Robert Webster, purchased their fifth restaurant; their first in Middlesex County, New Jersey. The long-time Cambridge Inn restaurant located at 19 Summerhill Road, Spotswood, New Jersey, has now been acquired by the MJ’s restaurant group according to Richard R. Santore of Bielat Santore & Company in Allenhurst, New Jersey; the broker for the sale. This will be the fifth MJ’s location opened by proprietors Angelo DiCapua and Robert Webster in the past six years.

“All of our other restaurants are extremely successful and we have no reason to believe that this venture will not be just as successful,” retorts Webster. DiCapua and Webster opened their first MJ’s restaurant together in 2009 at the intersection of Route 537 and Sycamore Avenue in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. MJ’s #2, opened in 2010 and is situated directly on Highway 35 in Middletown, New Jersey. MJ’s #3 opened in 2011 on Highway 66, Neptune, New Jersey and MJ’s #4 in 2013 opened on Highway 34 in Matawan, New Jersey. All of the MJ’s restaurants have been well-received and are extremely popular.

“The new Spotswood facility will almost be an exact replica of the MJ’s Neptune store,” continues Webster. “It is the same size and the same layout. After we complete our interior renovations it will even look the same.”

Renovations are scheduled to start right after the Christmas holiday and take four to six weeks to complete. Once completed, MJ’s Spotswood will be open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and late night activity.

MJ’s restaurants specialize in standard American fare but with an attention to taste and quality. MJ’s uses only the finest ingredients for all of their appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, salads and pizza. Their pizza is the best in the area; thin or traditional crust! Mouth-watering chef’s specials and drink specials are featured daily, along with live entertainment 4-5 nights a week. MJ’s happy hour is the best in the area, every Monday – Friday at the bar.

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells Asbury Park Pioneering Restaurant

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Old Man Rafferty is Leaving the City

The very first restaurant to take a chance on the redevelopment of Asbury Park’s Cookman Avenue is pulling up stakes and moving out. The owner of Old Man Rafferty’s, Mark Jakuboski, began renovating the lower level of the Steinbach Building on Cookman Avenue in 2006 and opened a 9,000 square foot restaurant and bar in 2007. “We had a good run, but I got an offer for the restaurant and decided not to turn it down. With a menu geared toward families, Old Man Rafferty’s was having trouble fitting into a city that is attracting a young, hip, millennial crowd. My concept isn’t headed where Asbury Park is headed, in my opinion,” said Jakuboski. Rather than try to change Old Man Rafferty’s concept, Jakuboski decided to sell.

Jakuboski, who owns two other Old Man Rafferty’s Restaurants in New Brunswick and Hillsborough, New Jersey, established a good reputation in Asbury Park. However, over the past few years he has had to contend with a devastating recession, road and sidewalk construction projects and superstorm Sandy. The restaurant has been sold to the owners of the Shore House Bar & Grill in Point Pleasant, New Jersey reports Richard R. Santore of, Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale. The Shore House owners will bring in a “hip and trendy” restaurant that befits the changing demographics of Asbury Park.

The new owners plan to do some “light renovation” to the 9,000 square foot space to make it look like smaller venues that are connected. Plans include the addition of two bars, one in the raised platform area near the entrance and another in the rear of restaurant. It is the intention of the new owners to bring to Asbury Park a new venue for dining and drinking that exudes stylish elegance in yet a relaxed “outside the box” environment.

The restaurant will be family friendly but will also cater young, hip, millennial crowd and to the sports fanatic who longs to watch their favorite sporting event on an array of flat screens any day of the week. Watch for the grand opening following renovations. The new restaurant will open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and late night enjoyment.

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Trattoria and Market Sold by Bielat Santore & Company

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NJ Shore’s “Italiano Gemma” in Monmouth Beach

No, we are not talking about the infamous Michelangelo’s “Last Judgment” masterpiece on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel; but we are talking about the sale of a masterpiece, that being the best little pizzeria and Italian trattoria in New Jersey Shore’s Monmouth Beach. Michael Angelo’s, located at 36 Beach Road, Monmouth Beach, Monmouth County, New Jersey has a new owner and shortly and new name as reported by Richard R. Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale.

“It was kind of hard to sell this one,” says former owner Angelo DiCapua. “This was my first restaurant and I’ve got a lot of sweat and blood in this store. But with four MJ’s Restaurants and three Michael Angelo’s Pizzerias it’s time to start lightening the load,” continues DiCapua. DiCapua and a partner own MJ’s Bar & Grill in Tinton Falls, Middletown, Neptune and Matawan and Michael Angelo’s Pizzeria in Long Branch and Sea Girt.

The new proprietor, Massimo DiMeo hales from Monte di Procida, Italy, a small commune in the Province of Naples in the Italian region of Campania, located about 9 miles west of Naples. Mr. DiMeo has been in the United States for some time now and has owned and operated other pizzerias prior to his most recent purchase of Michael Angelo’s.

DiMeo has plans to change the name to DiMeo’s Italian Market and Trattoria and expand the concept from pizza and Italian food to include an Italian Specialty Store with prepared meals, fresh produce, homemade mozzarella, special panini’s and more. “We want to attract people to our store by offering them a complete Italian experience. My wife makes the best mozzarella and I make a very good pizza. Everything in our store will be fresh, homemade and tastefully prepared,” states DiMeo.

The restaurant is open seven days a week. It seats 90 inside in both the pizzeria and trattoria and can accommodate an additional 16 guests on its outdoor patio during the fair weather months. The DiMeo family looks forward to your visit.

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells Ocean County, NJ Pub

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More Grub in the Pub

The recently remodeled Irish Pub called the “Tipperary Pub,” located on Route 547 in Manchester Township, New Jersey has been sold according to Richard R. Santore of, Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale. A small group of local real estate investors had purchased a run-down tavern in 2011 and completely restored the facility into an attractive Irish Pub. With no experience in the restaurant business, the investors engaged the service of an associate with industry experience to manage the business for them. That engagement did not work out pressing the investors into the role of absentee owner/operators of the business. “The group made a conscious decision to sell and engaged the brokerage services of Bielat Santore & Company to do so,” adds Santore.

The new owner is an experienced restaurateur with over 40 years of experience in the industry. Emil Hartel, former owner of “Pavo Pizza” in Toms River is the new proprietor. “Going forward, the restaurant will not be known as an Irish Pub but a pub with a variety of quality food and drink,” says Hartel. Hartel of German decent intends to add a German night on Mondays, retain an Irish night on Tuesdays and then modify the menu and the concept completely to incorporate traditional American food and the pizza he was famous for at his prior. “I am thinking about installing a coal-fire pizza oven. There is nothing like it in the area. I have a feeling it will be a winner down here,” states Hartel.

The restaurant is designed with a sizeable oval bar located in the center of the main room that can seat 40 patrons and is equipped with 12 draft beer taps, and flat screen TV’s. The dining area around the bar is capable of seating over ninety (90) patrons, with a mix of standard dining tables and “high top” tables located throughout. Two over-stuffed black leather chairs are situated in front of a big stone fire place allowing patrons to enjoy a drink while sitting next to a fire.

In addition to this main area, the pub also has a smaller dining room complete with a full service bar capable of seating an additional 50 people. This second lounge area is the home of a very popular “Whiskey Bar” where you can get your hands on some of the rarest, most coveted whiskeys on the planet, as well as delicious cocktails that feature everyone’s favorite brown water. The room is also used for parties and events as well as an overflow dining room during Friday and Saturday night dinner hours. The restaurant will remain open following the sale, seven days a week from 11:30 am until 2:00 am.

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Big Sale for Bielat Santore & Company

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Landmark New Jersey Oceanfront Restaurant Sold

Rooney’s, the impressive restaurant and bar overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Long Branch, New Jersey has been sold according to Barry J. Bielat of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale. What began as a move up in size, scale and real estate ownership from a small restaurant the Rooney’s leased and operated in Sea Bright called the Waterfront Café, has emerged into a colossal dining and drinking establishment attracting diners to the Jersey Shore for the past 20 years. Zagat’s review states, “the seafood is fresh and satisfying at this Long Branch seasider, but it’s the beautiful ocean view, along with a great wine menu and live classic rock Fridays, that make it almost too popular.”

Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant located at 100 Ocean Avenue in Long Branch is a fashionable restaurant offering the freshest seafood including a mouth-watering raw bar on the New Jersey coastline. However, ever more popular is the restaurant’s outdoor deck and bar yards from the ocean, where beachgoers, promenade pedestrians and loyal clientele gather in the afternoon and linger late into the evening, sampling thirst-quenching cocktails and fresh-shucked oysters, shrimp and clams, all while gazing out at a panoramic ocean view.

The 6,500 square foot restaurant has a 90-seat inside dining room, a 50-seat inside bar and a 50-seat inside sunroom dining area that completely opens up to the outdoors during the fair weather months. It also features a 100-seat outdoor covered dining area, a 65-seat outdoor uncovered dining area and 110 seats at outdoor bars. With almost an acre and one-half of land, it is the only restaurant in Long Branch’s Pier Village Development with its own parking lot.

Pier Village, Long Branch is a mini-city of pastel-colored, four-story buildings reminiscent of Dutch canal houses. The buildings contain 536 rental units, mostly one-bedroom apartments intended to attract singles with no children. At street level are 100,000 square feet of shops and eateries, many arrayed around a central waterfront plaza of red brick and lush lawns. There’s also a boutique hotel and a trendy private beach club (replete with palm trees).

Just north of Pier Village is the Ocean Place Resort and Spa, a 254-room hotel built by Hilton in 1990 and Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant, the most popular restaurant in the complex. New ownership has no plans of bringing any change to Rooney’s; maybe with the exception of more long summer days.

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Bielat Santore & Company Sells Another Restaurant

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Jersey Shore’s Top Rates Steakhouse Changes Hands

The New Jersey coastline has made a monumental recovery after Hurricane Sandy hit in the fall of 2012. Much of the New Jersey’s precious coastline was obliterated by the storm and some of it gone forever. However, on a small inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, separating Point Pleasant Beach in Ocean County and the Borough of Brielle in Monmouth County sits a sophisticated little steakhouse called “Shipwreck Point.” The restaurant had been battered by Sandy, and was totally remodeled thereafter. “It now has new owners,” reports Richard R. Santore of, Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale.

Shipwreck Point is an upscale Steakhouse located on the Manasquan Inlet, at 20 Inlet Drive in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. Every element of Shipwreck Point is designed to impress. From the ambience of finely crafted materials, intimate lighting and warm fireplaces to the friendliness of the expert staff, an exquisite menu and wine list. Shipwreck Point is one of the very few to deliver a first class Steakhouse experience at the Jersey Shore.

Several cuts of prime and dry aged meats, a diverse wine list of rare and contemporary vintages, modern and traditional side dishes and homemade desserts are featured on the menu. The restaurant also serves the seafood you would expect at the shore complimented by an ocean fresh raw bar. Highly trained bartenders serve a variety of domestic and imported specialty beers and inventive cocktails to augment an exclusive wine list.

The new proprietors hail from Morris County, New Jersey and are fulfilling a long-time aspiration to own and operate a restaurant at the New Jersey shore. Although most of their experience lies within the catering business, they bring with them a seasoned veteran in the restaurant business, who for over 25 years worked and/or managed the renowned northern New Jersey restaurant, Pal’s Cabin. “We purchased a refined restaurant operation. We don’t plan on making any immediate changes. We will be onsite every day, to welcome and serve our guests and to become familiar with their wants and needs. We intend to treat every customer as if they were a guest in our home,” state the new owners.

Whether it’s an after work or dinner drink at the bar or a meal to celebrate and remember, Shipwreck Point is the destination of the sophisticated diner. Open 6 days a week for dinner, Tuesday-Sunday until May, and thereafter for the summer, 7 days a week for dinner.

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Bielat Santore & Company Closes Year with Sale of Jersey Shore Restaurant

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As Irish luck would have it…the next New Jersey Shore restaurant phenomenon

The lazy little pub situated on Highway 71 in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey, known simply as “The Porch,” has been sold according to Richard R. Santore of, Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale. The local Jersey Shore eating and drinking establishment, formerly named the “Champagne Porch,” was purchased by the owners and operators of a neighboring Irish Pub; “St. Stephen’s Green Publick House” also in Spring Lake Heights. The new owners will seek to maximize purchasing power with local vendors and consolidate personnel requirements with the purchase of their second restaurant.

Former proprietors, the Flynn family, had owned and operated the pub since 1995. They are responsible for trimming the trade name from the Champagne Porch to simply “The Porch.” That simple name caught on in the area and that simple place called “The Porch” had been a gathering spot for locals for many years, catering to both summer visitors and locals in nearby Spring Lake, Belmar, Lake Como, Sea Girt, Manasquan, Brielle and Point Pleasant Beach. In addition to having a loyal customer base, “The Porch” also had a devoted bar and wait staff, most of who had worked at the restaurant for many years.

The family-owned and operated restaurant was open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, offering a fun, affordable atmosphere together with delicious food and drink, complete with 15 flat-screen TVs displaying a wide array of sports, news programs and allowing patrons to participate in an interactive TV trivia game with each other and additional players across the country.

The pub will undergo extensive renovations and remodeling under new ownership. Those renovations are targeted to be completed by St. Patrick’s Day, 2014. Who knows; maybe the restaurant will re-open as “St. Stephen’s Porch” serving ‘Rashers and Bangers and Colcannon Potatoes and Black Pudding and Boxty and Guinness Stout and Irish Coffee.’ As Irish luck would have it; that would probably be the next New Jersey Shore restaurant phenomenon.

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Classically Trained New York Chef Purchases New Jersey Restaurant

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Ciao! Hello-Goodbye

Say hello to Chef Mitchell Shenker and goodbye to Chef Marc Marotta as chef/owner of Ciao Ristorante. Classically trained New York Chef, Mitchell Shenker has purchased Ciao Ristorante, located at 75 Brighton Avenue, Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey as reported by Richard R. Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale.

“After working in the food and wine industry for the last twenty years, I have fulfilled my lifelong dream of owning my own restaurant,” says Chef Shenker. “Our mission at Ciao is to provide every customer with a unique and satisfying dining experience,” continues Shenker.

Ciao Ristorante is a warm, intimate, Italian themed restaurant and one of Long Branch’s favorite dining destinations. Taking over from the originating chef/owner of Ciao Ristorante, Marc Marotta, Mr. Shenker seeks to continue the creativity of Marotta’s dishes and to add his own flair to the menu, including some of the most unique wine pairings found in any area restaurant. Chef Mitchell Shenkers’ cuisine is inspired by his love and passion for food and wine. The menu is transformed seasonally and utilizes local products where possible.

Mr. Shenker studied at the French Culinary Institute in the early nineties. During his career he worked for such notable chefs as Eric Lagrange of Park Bistro and Marcus Samuelson of Aquavit. He served tenure as the executive chef of New York University where he prepared dinners for such notable guests as President Bill Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, George Soros, Larry Tisch, Jaun Perez and many others. Shenker has also earned his Certified Wine Professional Degree from the Culinary Institute of America and now brings his passion for food and wine pairing to Ciao Ristorante.

The restaurant seats 45 inside in a very intimate setting and can accommodate an additional 15 guests on its sidewalk café during the fair weather months. Ciao Ristorante is open six days a week; closed Mondays. Chef Mitchell looks forward to your visit!

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Bielat Santore & Company Rings in the New Year with Another Closing

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MJ’s Closes on Spot Number 4

The long-time restaurant and banquet center known as the “Buttonwood Manor,” located directly on Highway 34 in Matawan, New Jersey, has been acquired by the MJ’s restaurant group according to Richard R. Santore of, Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale.

This will be the fourth MJ’s location opened by proprietors Angelo DiCapua and Robert Webster in the past four years. Their first restaurant opened in 2009 and is located at the intersection of Route 537 and Sycamore Avenue in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. MJ’s #2, opened in 2010 and is situated directly on Highway 35 in Middletown, New Jersey. MJ’s #3 opened in 2011 on Highway 66, Neptune, New Jersey. All three restaurants have been well-received and are enormously successful.

The new Matawan facility will be the flagship of the MJ’s concept to date. It adds two additional profit centers not found in the existing three MJ’s locations; (i) a 5,000 square foot lake front deck that will be equipped with a tiki-bar and used for outdoor dining, cocktails and entertainment; (ii) a 200 seat banquet room to be utilized for weddings, sports banquets, private parties, corporate functions and other catering affairs.

MJ’s restaurants specialize in standard American fare but with an attention to taste and quality. MJ’s uses only the finest ingredients for all of their appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, salads and pizza. Their pizza is the best in the area; thin or traditional crust! Mouth-watering chef’s specials and drink specials are featured daily, along with live entertainment 4-5 nights a week. MJ’s happy hour is the best in the area, every Monday – Friday at the bar.

Executive Chef, Nicholas Kouvel has been put in charge of all of the food preparation and presentation at all four restaurants. Mr. Kouvel was the former owner of the infamous Cypress Restaurant in Ocean Township, New Jersey for several years, as well as more recently, the Executive Chef at Sally T’s Restaurant in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey for over ten years.

Following extensive renovations, MJ’s Matawan will be open for lunch, dinner, late night activity and private affairs, spring 2013.

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