Red Lion Liquor License Transferred to Chain

Joe's Crab Shack will move into Brick Plaza

The liquor license held by the former Red Lion Inn on Drum Point Road has now been transferred to Crab Addison, Inc., which will utilize it in the operation of a chain seafood restaurant planned for Brick Plaza.

In September, the township planning board approved an application by Joe's Crab Shack to construct a new restaurant in the shopping complex.

The 8,600 square foot restaurant will be located where the former FedEx-Kinko's store was located in the rear of the plaza in a stand-alone building, said Township Planner Mike Fowler at the time.

The building that formerly housed FedEx-Kinko's will be demolished, Fowler said.

The restaurant will feature, in addition to its indoor dining room, an outdoor "pirate ship" themed play area for kids.

The Red Lion, a historic bar and restaurant in Brick, shut its doors in Jan. 2012, and has since been demolished and replaced by a CVS pharmacy.

Historical records show the former Red Lion 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 owned it since 1977.

As for the new holder of its liquor license: There are 127 Joe Crab's Shack locations nationwide. The Brick location will be the chain's fifth in New Jersey. Other restaurants are located in Eatontown, Lawrenceville, Clifton and South Plainfield.

sodd January 23, 2013 at 11:28 PM
You almost hit the nail on the head slippery slope but the nice young lady comment way out there you must have one Hell of a set of beer goggles
rich January 25, 2013 at 01:52 AM
I love all the complaining. Waaaaa. Who cares. Open up your own business. we don't need jobs around here. Everyone is doing great!
shore family January 25, 2013 at 03:24 PM
People love to go out and eat in Brick. Tried getting into Quaker State a couple of weekends ago and it was an hour wait. I say bring it on. We need it. Otherwise, it's just an empty, unused building.
Deborah January 28, 2013 at 05:10 PM
I agree. I didn't like it as soon as I walked into it. The noise was deafening. Should have turned around and walked right out. All of those chains, Oil & Lube, Buffalo wild wings and Joe's crab shack are way too loud and the food only just so so, however, Oil & Lube does have a wonderful burger.. but get it to go.


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