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Where To Have A Meal, And Give Thanks, After Sandy

Some Jersey Shore restaurants are re-opening, including a few offering free Thanksgiving meals

Some of the restaurants that local residents know well have re-opened after being flooded or damaged by Sandy.

on the Boardwalk in Point Beach, has re-opened its front bar and grill areas and is taking bookings for holiday parties. The end of its pier was sheared off by Sandy, but it's cleaning up and moving on.

Martell's was among a number of businesses that donated food for the "Thanksgathering" held at the Point Pleasant Elks on Wednesday.

Others who donated food for the pre-Thanksgiving feast, and who are open for business in general are: Surf Taco; Hoffman's Ice Cream; Spano's; Longboard Grill; The Spot; Frankie's Bar & Grill; US Subs; Bubbakoo's Burritos; Polka Dot Cupcake Shop, and Joe Leone's. The Beanery.

Also, Martell's is providing meals for seven needy families referred by the G. Harold Antrim School in Point Pleasant Beach. The meals were delivered by Martell's to the families the day before Thanksgiving.   

Thanksgiving dinners are also provided by Martell's to the Point Pleasant Beach Police and to the NJ State Trooper Barracks. The meals for the law enforcement officers are picked up on Thanksgiving Day. Dinners for two families with disabilities from the Toms River/Bayville area were also delivered by Martell's on Wednesday.  

Perk's Cafe on Ocean Avenue is open seven days a week, with extended hours at least until the end of December. In partnership with Jenkinson's, it's offering free Thanksgiving dinners to those affected by Sandy. Jenkinson's is temporarily closed due to storm damage, but is doing repairs so it can re-open.

Other restaurants offering free Thanksgiving meals are:

The Shore House, Route 88, Point Borough; Edgar's Pub, 153 Sea Girt Ave., Manasquan; and Bar Anticipation, Lake Como. For times and more information, as well as information about organizations and churches providing free, hot Thanksgiving meals, click here.

Other restaurants that have opened include The Offshore on Ocean Avenue in Point Beach which escaped serious damage.

Back in 2002, the original Off Shore was destroyed by fire. Due to the building codes that had changed over the years, the new building's foundation had to be much higher.

Ten years later, The Off Shore lost only its power during Sandy, and now looks as good as new. The DiTullio family has owned the Off Shore for over 50 years.

Spike's Fish Market & Restaurant on Broadway is open, despite that it's located in a place where so many businesses and homes took a beating.

The Wharfside is open and taking reservations for Thanksgiving. The Lobster Shanty says it will be open as soon as possible.

is closed after being badly flooded and damaged, as were many of the other businesses and homes, on or near the Manasquan Inlet. Kitty Stillufsen, whose family has owned Red's for years, said she and her parents are researching insurance and other financial information and evaluating their options. Stillufsen's home nearby was also badly flooded.

Jersey Shore restaurants that are open for Thanksgiving include:

  • Princess Maria Diner, 2044 Route 35, Wall Township, 732-282-1722
  • The Gateway, 227 West Eighth St., Ship Bottom, 609-494-2816
  • The Crystal Diner, 2 Route 37, Toms River, 732-244-6262
  • McLoone's, 1 Ocean Blvd., Long Branch, 732-923-1006
  • Rooney's Oceanfront Restaurant, 100 Ocean Ave., Long Branch, 732-870-1200
I B buggin November 22, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I'm just Thankful Martell's & Macloone's are still there.
steve November 22, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Very Nice and generous of all these restaurants that are giving. I just hope all these establishments were checked out and safe. Rushing them open right after a storm of this size between damages and water. Does anyone know if Martell's had flooded water in their place? Or was it just the back Tiki Bar thad was heavily damaged.
foggyworld November 22, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Thank you to all that did this. We have a borrowed junker car and were afraid to drive anywhere so we are having a turkey-free day the way Paul McCartney wanted. Just wish he had sent something else instead.
Mary Prevot November 23, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Does anyone have information on how The Crab's Claw in Lavallette made out with Sandy doing so much damage there? Mac M
circus-circus November 23, 2012 at 01:40 PM
The township of Point Pleasant Beach has done an outstanding job in their response, compassion and you name it, to everyone. They're moving as quickly as possible to get the town up and running. I'm 100% confident that we will be back for Memorial Weekend. I'm not taking lightly the damage and devastation that so many are facing, but know that we'll come back better than ever. I salute all of our elected officials, police, and all rescue workers and volunteers.
craig November 23, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Is this the same Rick that complained about our elected officials and to many overpaid police department. So many change their tune when the services are needed for themselves.
brick mom 61 November 23, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Thank you to all the business supporting the community. I plan on doing most of my Christmas shopping in downtown Point and Manasquan to help them get back on their feet.
circus-circus November 23, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Craig, This isn't the same Rick, but why can't you just say something nice?
craig November 23, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Rick, What would you like for me to say? I commend those who volunteer or help in the community out of the goodness of their heart. Those who don't expect anything in return. That is hard to find. I will and do "Thank all the restaurants who donated food, money and time to help those in the community that needed it during this trying time. I do thank those the volunteer workers, fire department, rescue workers and first aid squad. I guess you are one who likes to get snowed and lied to. Wait to you get your new tax bill. I am sure you will be the first hypocrite to yell and complain. I will not thank the elected officials and police department. An elected officials wants their job for one reason or another. It is the police and towns job and they get paid plenty for all their services. If all these police and town workers really cared about their towns they would forgo all their overtime pay and volunteer their time. I am sure that will never happened. Is that nice enough for you.
jc delgaudio November 30, 2012 at 01:18 PM
I love martells and the tiki bar.!

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