PIEHOLE: A CHRISTMAS FEAST

tiki sunsetThere’s a whiff of the sea to go with your evening cocktail at the newly opened Tiki Bar at Driftwood in Sea Bright.  (Click to enlarge)

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PieHole sat down with some Italian moms to learn what you need to know to buy, roast and eat chestnuts.

• When it comes to the main ingredient of a Philly cheese steak, Silvio Fabbri of Umberto’s in Fair Haven has no patience for “cheap ****.”

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SEA BRIGHT: DRIFTWOOD TIKI BAR OPENS

tiki sunsetThe newly-renovated Tiki Bar at Driftwood Cabana Club in Sea Bright will be open to the public on weekends from October-April. 

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumSandy may have sent Donovan’s to Davy Jones’ Locker, but beachfront imbibers now have a new place to take in the salt air with their cocktails.

For the first time since the private club’s opening in 1957, the Tiki Bar at Sea Bright’s Driftwood Cabana Club is open to the public.

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SEA BRIGHT: MAD HATTER FINALLY RE-HATTED

The opening-night crowd at the Mad Hatter last Friday night. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

For those with an eye for irony, it may have seemed fitting that the reopening of the hurricane-inundated the Mad Hatter was saluted by periodic of rain showers.

A beloved shore bar and restaurant located in the heart of downtown Sea Bright, the Hatter has faced its fair share of hurdles on the journey back to life after being blown out by Hurricane Sandy. But finally, after a delayed fire permit held it one step short of the finish line on Thursday – its originally scheduled grand reopening – the Mad Hatter’s improvised Tiki Hut and back bar officially opened for the 2013 summer season Friday, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

 While the rain came in spurts, the Hatter’s loyal customer base seemed to show up in droves.

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TIKI TAKE-OFF

tiki-barBeach bar season is officially over, as Donovan’s Reef had its tiki bar craned off the beach in Sea Bright Thursday morning. It’ll go into winter storage. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)