A pair of Sea Bright business owners — Frank Bain, of Bain’s Hardware, and Alice Gaffney, of Alice’s Kitchen — talk about the approach of Hurricane Joaquin in this short video by Rutgers journalism student Dan Natale of Red Bank. (Video by Dan Natale.)
The Gaelic omelet at Alice’s Kitchen contains a little bit of this and that, just like those Alice Gaffney, below, remembers from her native Ireland. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)
By SUSAN ERICSON
When Arlo Guthrie penned his famous “Alice’s Restaurant,” he didn’t have Alice Gaffney in mind: she was an ocean away from the scene of the Thanksgiving Day “massacree.” But that line, “you can get anything you want…” pretty much applies to Alice’s Kitchen, Gaffney’s restaurant in Sea Bright.
In addition to enjoying her varied breakfast and lunch offerings at the Ocean Avenue eatery, you can now take a book home with you for free.
The newly rebuilt municipal parking lot, sans the public library that once sat in its midst, as seen earlier this week. Below, the new ramp over the sea wall under construction at Anchorage Beach last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
A vexing shortage of parking in downtown Sea Bright is slated to ease with the unofficial start of summer Friday.
With merchants hoping the second summer after Hurricane Sandy is better than the first, part of the newly rebuilt municipal parking lot was expected to be open in time for the Memorial Day weekend, borough Engineer Jacki Flor told redbankgreen Thursday.
The turkey club at Alice’s Kitchen in Sea Bright. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)
By JIM WILLIS
This week’s warm weather found PieHole once again putting the top down on the convertible and zipping east towards Sea Bright for lunch. We noticed progress in the clearing and preparation of the town’s public beach parking lot. Last week‘s mountains of sand gave way to cement curbs and the semblance of a parking lot.
Francois Bertrand Lemay, Ary Meziane, Martin Hetu and Maxime Boon get ready to roll out on the next leg of their ride from Montreal to Miami. Below, some beachgoers turned out despite the gray day. (Click to enlarge)
Summer 2013’s unofficial end was a relatively quiet one in the beach community of Sea Bright, thanks to gray skies.
Thanks to a reader tip, redbankgreen got to meet a group of 25-year old Canadian bicyclists who had stopped to camp in town Saturday night en route from Montreal to Miami, a distance of about 1,700 miles.
“It’s a random trip, we’re just going down south,” Maxime Boon said Sunday morning, as the quartet readied to depart.
All four men expressed strong gratitude for the hospitality of Sea Brighters.
“It was one of the best nights of our trip,” said Francois Bertrand Lemay. He recounted how it started with a half a case of beer from man in town who had biked long-distance when he was younger.
“We’ll be back for sure,” said Martin Hetu. “Keep on living the life, the dream life by the beach.”
Other random views of the day are after the jump… More →
Governor Chris Christie, accompanied by Mayor Dina Long, heads into Northshore Men’s Wear, above, and meets with Jake O’Donnell of Jake’s Surf Shop, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
The rain that he said with certainty was following him from Cape May held off, long enough at least for Governor Chris Christie to make a whirlwind tour of Sea Bright’s downtown Wednesday.
The latest in a handful of visits to the borough since Hurricane Sandy knocked out every one of its commercial establishments, the 90-minute tour gave Christie a chance to tout his administration’s storm recovery efforts, slam a couple of federal agencies, and glad-hand supporters as he runs for a second term.
Though “not everything is perfect by a longshot” with the Shore’s recovery and efforts to attract tourists this summer, “we’re laying the groundwork for next summer, when I know things are going to be significantly better here in Sea Bright and all up and down the Jersey Shore,” Christie said.
Former Sea Bright restaurateur Joanne Garelli leads a food truck in a cross-country reality TV race that plays out this season on the Food Network, starting Sunday. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Wednesday’s Star-Ledger has a feature story about Joanne Garelli, the former co-owner of a Sea Bright luncheonette who’s turned the misfortune of Hurricane Sandy into opportunity.
Having lost Steve’s Breakfast & Lunch to the October 29, 2012 storm, Garelli recently headed up a three-person food truck that made its way across the United States as part of “The Great Food Truck Race,” a reality television series that starts its third season on the Food Network this Sunday night.
But within this returning tide is a second wave: newcomers to Ocean Avenue business district. Risk-takers willing to stake their livelihoods, and their life savings, on the chance that the Shrewsbury River and the Atlantic Ocean won’t again meet in the places their renting. Not soon, at least.
Last week, redbankgreen introduced you to Alice Gaffney, a former school cafeteria cook who opened Alice’s Kitchen in the space long occupied by Steve’s Breakfast & Lunch. Here’s a look at three more newcomers owners of a full-service restaurant, a burger place and a surf shop.
Alice’s Kitchen takes over space that was home to downtown fixture Steve’s Breakfast & Lunch. Below, Alice Gaffney with a customer shortly after opening her doors Friday morning. (Photo below by Colby Wilson. Click to enlarge)
By COLBY WILSON
The first time you visit Alices Kitchen in Sea Bright, order an Irish breakfast.
Thats on the recommendation of the chef and owner, Alice Gaffney, who’s bringing the food and an architectural touch of her homeland to 1100 Ocean Avenue, but doing it Jersey-style.
Were going to have Irish soda bread, Irish breakfast, and of course pork roll,” Gaffney tells redbankgreen. After all, “this is the Jersey Shore, she says.