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Brick Landmark Demolished: Red Lion is No More

CVS Pharmacy will replace historic tavern

Construction crews demolished the former Red Lion Inn on Friday.

The historic tavern closed its doors and took down its iconic Snoopy figure from its roof in January, but the building had remained standing at the corner of Hooper Avenue and Drum Point Road since.

That all came to an end Friday.

The demolition of the building will make way for a CVS Pharmacy slated to open early next year. Michael DeAngelis, a CVS spokesman, told Brick Patch construction on the new building would take place during the summer.

"I cant belive they're taking this down for another drugstore," said Maryann Jones, who came to look at the activity. "Its been a landmark forever. I am sorry to see it go, it's part of Bricks history."

Historical records show the tavern 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 operated it from 1977 until January.

Dean Enterprises Inc. of Tabernacle, Burlington County, is handling the demolition.

Joseph Woolston Brick June 09, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Brick has a Planning Board? Who knew? Sure can't tell it by the looks of things.
Mapleleafnj June 09, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Grew up in "Bricktucky" was a very blue color place, and had lots of memories, but really the Red Lion was always a friggin dump loaded with trailer trash. I mingled with the trash a few times, and was not for me. Would have rather seen something else go there then a CVS. And call it for what it is, Bottazzi is politically connected in town and the stars aligned for him to dump this for a nice bank. So all your memories at that dump are yours to keep, cus no one else seems to give a crap about it, even the owner for 30 plus years. They could have made it a landmark in town, but its all about the BENJAMINS folks. Anyway this time next year, we will be hearing about how CVS is being investigated over distributing prescription drugs. Snoopy needs a new dive to lay on.....
follow the money June 09, 2012 at 02:15 PM
My guess, working for alot of vendors.... After seeing what I have seen, I have a good feeling this was sold to get out of the debt they where in, MOST invoices that I have come accross where at least 8 months old or long Just NOT paying anything....
follow the money June 09, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I believe that was 2010, ? NOt that long ago, & still fact is true, even with problems the town does have, its still a great place to live...
follow the money June 09, 2012 at 02:20 PM
mapleleaf .... that alone explains alot, & your just what luvbrick was talking about, made their point valid...
Vince Latchford June 09, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Since the issue of gas prices was raised during this debate, I have two real questions that deserve answers, not spin. 1. The Getty station on the corner of Cedar Bridge and Rt 70 sellls gas for between 8 cents and 26 cents cheaper than anyone else in town, as far as I can see, and has been doing so for a very long time. Question: How come anyone in town goes to other stations and voluntarily pays more? 2. I know we like to support our local businesses and a lot of gas stations have been part of our neighborhoods for decades, but why can't they match the lower price ?
Stop the insanity June 09, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Why is the Planning Board to blame? Maybe you should understand municipal land use law before making off the cuff remarks. The area is zoned for commercial use. It wouldn’t matter if five drug stores wanted to go in the area, it's a permitted use and required no variance. The Planning Board legally couldn't deny the application without risking a lawsuit. Then who pays for that? Taxpayers!. They are legally bound to uphold the master plan, which sets the different zones throughout the town. Don't forget the property owner decided to sell and collect the rent on the property. It’s his or her business decision and no Mayor, Council or Planning Board can stop that. We still live in America.
John C June 09, 2012 at 08:44 PM
KC the AutoZone looks like every other Autozone in the country. Would you be complaining if it was a McDonalds or Burger King built to the corporate specifications. We all need to stop bringing silly political statements like this into every post on the Patch.
Mrs. B June 09, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Agreed, Autozone is an eyesore. The entire area is just a cluster of ugliness and congestion. And again, another empty store with Arby's closed. What happens when the huge Best Buy decides to close it's doors?
Anthony June 10, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Hopefully the Arrowhead is next to make room for a Rite Aid, then maybe take down the Idle Hour and build a Pep Boys
DDW June 10, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I agree, The trees are beautiful and were well kept. The birds LOVE them. At least they would give ugly CVS a little curb appeal. What were the Bottazzi's thinking?
DDW June 10, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Snoopy will be across the street on the Jersey Farms....Botazzi owns the plaza?
jack smith June 10, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Cheaper than Costco?
lisa June 10, 2012 at 03:14 AM
hey i was also thinking it would have been nice if they included the stone wall into their new building. it was still standing yesterday, i'm holding out hope
Just Saying June 10, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Now where are the druggies from Cedarwood Park, Cherry Quay, Sky Manore and Shore Acres going to meet to buy and sell their pot, pills, cocaine and heroin?
lisa June 10, 2012 at 03:29 AM
someone either cleaned it or painted over it. the walgreens writing is gone
Just Saying June 10, 2012 at 03:32 AM
What has 2 arms, 2 legs, 1 mouth, 2 teeth, no brains, no job, a swollen liver, and smokes.......Give up?.......The average patron from the Red Lion era of 1990 to 2012.
brick mom 61 June 10, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Shop at small business places, like Brick Hardware, or downtown Point Pleasant. I shop in Point for most Christmas and birthday gifts. They are unique and help support the local economy. Any other great small businesses should be shared so people know where to go.
Deb June 10, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I agree, brick mom 61! Support your local businesses as much as you can. I buy my gas at Sal's Sunoco on Brick Blvd. and go there for repairs also. In the Red Lion Plaza, the card/gift shop there is a wonderful little business! They could not be nicer, and there are quite a variety of gifts that I have bought there for birthdays, etc. The owner is always looking for new items to put in her store. They will help you pick out things, wrap for you...very personal service. I also buy her cards, three for the price of two, even if I can buy them cheaper somewhere else. I WANT her to stay in business! And no, I am not family or a personal friend of either business...just a loyal customer!
Nancy June 10, 2012 at 02:23 PM
What is with all the helicopters this morning. Is anyone else hearing this? I'd say close to a dozen of them in the last hour. My windows are rattling!
Mrgrumpass June 10, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Many here are sad to see the Red lion gone, but the truth be told the food had gone downhill over the past few years. But now unfortunately there is going to be a CVS there and there is nothing even the planning board could have done, CVS has every legal right to open there. There are many businesses in town that seem not to belong but there is nothing illegal or immoral with them. We don’t have a main street that looks like a main street what is considered main street looks like crap! What are you going to do?
Tarkus June 10, 2012 at 03:31 PM
@Just Saying, lol!, good one! and sadly very true.
REALNJShore June 11, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Looks like they are keeping the facing of the outside?
lol June 11, 2012 at 10:56 PM
I would rather see a nice, new, clean CVS building then what the Red turned into. And I'm not gonna miss seeing the kind of people that hung outside there at all hours of the day. But then again, I think most of Drumpoint Rd looks low class.
732 June 12, 2012 at 01:04 AM
I'll probably go to the CVS more than the red lion so I'll benefit. we have pictures and documents to educate others about landmarks and history
DT June 12, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I don't understand why people complain that Brick has all the stores, and food chains. I happen to love the fact that if I want / need something, I don't have to drive a long distance to get it. Brick has almost everything, except for high end clothes stores, and its all in a short distance drive. If you don't like it go move to Manchester with those bunch of hicks that have no chains or variety of stores. Its a matter of convenience for Bricktonians. And who in the hell came up with Bricktucky ???? Brick is way more up to date, then towns such as Jackson, Manchester or anything south of Toms River. Past Toms River, is where it starts to turn into bumpkin land.
The Bricktuckeyian June 15, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Brick never had much soul- and now it lost just a bit more. The fact that the RL went downhill isn't as important than the fact that its is not being replaced by SOMETHING with a bit of culture... ANY culture. When I saw it closed I thought that maybe it would be fixed up and draw new and better clientele. What a disappointment when I saw the CVS sign. Stop The Insanity is no doubt right about the fact that planning boards can’t just arbitrarily deny businesses legitimate use- but STI also ironically defines the greater problem—That we still live in America- and you can just do whatever you want (if you have money) even if you create a something everyone feels is unattractive and soulless. .If Brick and communities like it continue on their path towards the boring, insipid, cultural banality (brought to you solely by investor constituencies), we will lose out to other more progressive places that will attract the next generation. If you look at the research, younger people (that is not me), more than ever want to drive less and live in spaces that have some central place to commune. If the town’s leadership and planning board can’t do anything to get this place to be a more attractive place to live- what are they here for? We may not want to be NYC, or Red Bank or even Point Borough, but do you really want to find this place completely zombified (even though you might feel like a SAFE zombie)? Culture helps your home value, soullessness hurts it.
Nate June 20, 2012 at 01:55 AM
they sold for the money, plain and simple !! If they owed money and paid their bills by selling good for them, better than bankruptcy !!! They still have a liqour lic to sell also. They probally saw the writing on the wall with the Brick House doing well and Buffalo Wild Wings was opening also. Soon the old Chevy's will be Quaker Steak & Lube- another wing and beer joint. This was way too much competition for them. Maybe they will put some money into the Red Lion Plaza so thier stores will survive. That place isnt looking that well these days. In the future you will not see me small bar/ restuarants opening, way too much liabilty .
bruce arway July 22, 2012 at 02:54 AM
They can tear down the walls,But can not erase memories of friends I've met here some who no longer walk this earth , Thank you Pat , Patrick,& Pete....................
Kenneth July 22, 2012 at 03:26 AM
@jack smith.......I think it is a bit narrow minded and predjudicial to group all individuals of Middle Eastern decent as supporters of terrorism. If you have an issue with that particular Exxon, then do not use their product but rather go elsewhere.

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