Charlie’s of Bay Head – The Towns First Dining Spot with a Liquor License
Everyone in the Jersey Shore area is anxiously awaiting the opening of Charlie’s of Bay Head. The excitement over the new Bay Head restaurant, under construction at 78 Bridge Ave, has spread far beyond the borders of the quaint seaside village. The 9000 square foot traditional, shingle style structure overlooks Twilight Lake on the former sight of the Lorraine Theater building, which was destroyed during hurricane Sandy.
The new Bay Head restaurant will feature a 90 seat dining room on the first level along with a large bar, featuring 20 craft beer taps and inspired cocktails prepared from both micro-distilled and conventional spirits. The second level will house a small 60 seat venue for special events, as well as a state of the art wine room with an intimate space for up to 24 guests. Parking for the large number of guests is available in the large municipal lot across the street.
In the warmer months, guests are invited to enjoy the outside deck with serene views of the lake. In the colder months a fireplace will provide a glowing and warm ambiance within. The bar will feature big screen TVs for the viewing of sports events.
The vibe of this new landmark restaurant is upscale Jersey Shore. The kitchen will offer new American cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. At the helm of the culinary operation will be Executive Chef Stephen T. Johnson formerly of Trump Marina in Atlantic City.
I spoke with Larry, the owner of Charlie’s of Bay Head, who told me that opening for lunch may be a possibility in the future, but at this time the new Bay Head restaurant will be open for dinner only. They are still trying to work out many details for a planned mid-July opening. Larry expressed that opening at the peak of the summer season presents many challenges.
Charlie’s of Bay Head promises to be the hottest spot for waterfront imbibing and dining at the shore. It will be unmatched in recollecting the Jersey Shore glamour of the past, while offering the inspiration of the present. Dinner will be served daily, 12 months out of the year offering locals and winter visitors a unique opportunity for a year round water view while enjoying a fine meal or cocktails.