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Brick Landmark Demolished: Red Lion is No More

CVS Pharmacy will replace historic tavern

Construction crews demolished the former Red Lion Inn on Friday.

The historic tavern closed its doors and took down its iconic Snoopy figure from its roof in January, but the building had remained standing at the corner of Hooper Avenue and Drum Point Road since.

That all came to an end Friday.

The demolition of the building will make way for a CVS Pharmacy slated to open early next year. Michael DeAngelis, a CVS spokesman, told Brick Patch construction on the new building would take place during the summer.

"I cant belive they're taking this down for another drugstore," said Maryann Jones, who came to look at the activity. "Its been a landmark forever. I am sorry to see it go, it's part of Bricks history."

Historical records show the tavern was built in 1926. According to the book "Images of America - Brick Township," the restaurant was founded by Joseph and Phyllis McClorry, who ran it until 1957, when it became Citta’s Red Lion Tavern. The Bottazzi family had operated it from 1977 until January.

Dean Enterprises Inc. of Tabernacle, Burlington County, is handling the demolition.

DT June 12, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I don't understand why people complain that Brick has all the stores, and food chains. I happen to love the fact that if I want / need something, I don't have to drive a long distance to get it. Brick has almost everything, except for high end clothes stores, and its all in a short distance drive. If you don't like it go move to Manchester with those bunch of hicks that have no chains or variety of stores. Its a matter of convenience for Bricktonians. And who in the hell came up with Bricktucky ???? Brick is way more up to date, then towns such as Jackson, Manchester or anything south of Toms River. Past Toms River, is where it starts to turn into bumpkin land.
The Bricktuckeyian June 15, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Brick never had much soul- and now it lost just a bit more. The fact that the RL went downhill isn't as important than the fact that its is not being replaced by SOMETHING with a bit of culture... ANY culture. When I saw it closed I thought that maybe it would be fixed up and draw new and better clientele. What a disappointment when I saw the CVS sign. Stop The Insanity is no doubt right about the fact that planning boards can’t just arbitrarily deny businesses legitimate use- but STI also ironically defines the greater problem—That we still live in America- and you can just do whatever you want (if you have money) even if you create a something everyone feels is unattractive and soulless. .If Brick and communities like it continue on their path towards the boring, insipid, cultural banality (brought to you solely by investor constituencies), we will lose out to other more progressive places that will attract the next generation. If you look at the research, younger people (that is not me), more than ever want to drive less and live in spaces that have some central place to commune. If the town’s leadership and planning board can’t do anything to get this place to be a more attractive place to live- what are they here for? We may not want to be NYC, or Red Bank or even Point Borough, but do you really want to find this place completely zombified (even though you might feel like a SAFE zombie)? Culture helps your home value, soullessness hurts it.
Nate June 20, 2012 at 01:55 AM
they sold for the money, plain and simple !! If they owed money and paid their bills by selling good for them, better than bankruptcy !!! They still have a liqour lic to sell also. They probally saw the writing on the wall with the Brick House doing well and Buffalo Wild Wings was opening also. Soon the old Chevy's will be Quaker Steak & Lube- another wing and beer joint. This was way too much competition for them. Maybe they will put some money into the Red Lion Plaza so thier stores will survive. That place isnt looking that well these days. In the future you will not see me small bar/ restuarants opening, way too much liabilty .
bruce arway July 22, 2012 at 02:54 AM
They can tear down the walls,But can not erase memories of friends I've met here some who no longer walk this earth , Thank you Pat , Patrick,& Pete....................
Kenneth July 22, 2012 at 03:26 AM
@jack smith.......I think it is a bit narrow minded and predjudicial to group all individuals of Middle Eastern decent as supporters of terrorism. If you have an issue with that particular Exxon, then do not use their product but rather go elsewhere.

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