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First restaurant of its kind in NJ to open its doors Oct. 10

There’s a new chain restaurant opening in Brick on Chambers Bridge Road, but what sets it apart from all the other restaurants in the area? For starters, it looks like a garage and it has an actual used NASCAR racecar on the roof. 

Quaker Steak & Lube, known for its "best wings USA" signature sauce, will open its doors to the public Oct. 10. Its location will be the former Chevy's Fresh Mex site in Brick Plaza.

The restaurant will feature over 20 wing sauces, burgers, steaks, pastas and salads. The wings are a big part of the appeal, but the restaurant prides itself on becoming a part of the community, General Manager Samuel Tecchio said.

“When you come into the restaurant, you’re coming into an experience. We want this to be a place where everybody knows who you are,” Tecchio said.

In the center of the main dining room, known as Thunder Alley, a lift has been placed with a fully functional 1928 Bucket-T Convertible on it. The car is owned by Dennis Bohanan of Old Bridge, but locals may have the chance to show off their own hot ride in the restaurant at some point.

“About three or four times a year, we are going to change the car that is on the lift in Thunder Alley with another classic muscle car. We want to create a neighborhood feel, where you can come in and tell people ‘Yes, that is my car on the lift this month.’” Tecchio said. “We have been going out to classic car shows and advertising to enthusiasts that they can show off their car in a safe location right here in our dining room.”

Along with the Bucket-T, Quaker Steak also features a fully functional spinning Harley Davidson above the entrance, an upside-down 1984 Corvette in the side café, as well as a 2012 Chevy Camaro RS on the lift above the outside dining area.

“The Harley was put on display by Harley Davidson of Ocean County, and is for sale. The Camaro out front was put on display by Pine Belt Chevy and is also for sale,” Tecchio said.

As one looks around the restaurant, one can feel the embodiment of garages all across the nation: parts of racecars grace one wall, a map of the United States made out of license plates from each state make up another.

Quaker Steak is something New Jersey has not seen before. The Brick location will be the Garden State's first.

“We are very excited to be here after seeing the appeal this restaurant has out in Ohio and Pennsylvania,” Tecchio said.

According to Tecchio, Quaker Steak & Lube has its "Best Wings USA" in the title of the restaurant after winning the title in 1988.

“We took home 'Best Overall Wings USA' in 1988 without traditional ‘Golden Garlic’ at the National Chicken Out in Cleveland, Ohio,” he said.

The restaurant has a fun, laid-back atmosphere, from the bright colors and toolbox-style host stand, to the 40 televisions hanging in the restaurant. The TVs are on spindles, so no matter where a customer sits in the restaurant he or she will have a view of one.

“We like to have fun and want to share that with our guests. They get curly straws with their drinks, a Twizzler and a “wing wag” (a hot towel) when they leave.”

One feature Quaker Steak has, that no other restaurant in the area has, is an outdoor bar.

“We have an outside seating area, along with a full bar that is an awesome feature for Brick because no one else has it,” Tecchio said.

Quaker Steak created the position Marketing Activities Coordinator for Tonia Porter for one reason: community involvement.

“For our very first VIP night, we will be collecting donations for the Ashley Lauren Foundation, a charity collecting money for families who have young children that are diagnosed with pediatric cancer,” Porter said.

Along with the VIP night, details are being finalized for fundraiser nights, where organizations can come in for a night of dining and have a portion of the proceeds donated.

“We will be discussing the final details of the fundraiser program next week,” Porter said.

Kitchen Manager TJ Heline said he is excited to start cooking and serving the menu items.

“We use fresh wings, never frozen. We have a refrigerator designated for just wings kept near the fryer so wings can be cooked right away,” Heline said. 

The restaurant has started to incorporate healthy food options for diners who are watching what they eat.

“We have nice big steak burgers, and we can substitute out the beef for a piece of grilled chicken if the guest wants,” Heline said.

Quaker Steak will have daily specials on food and drinks, including a weekday happy hour, as well as football specials on Sundays and “Rutgers Saturdays” with giveaways.

For more information, go to www.quakersteakandlube.com or check out the all-new Brick Quaker Steak & Lube’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrickLube

Xavier October 02, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Be grateful you have a business there and not another empty storefront.
Xavier October 02, 2012 at 12:15 PM
How did she pad her tip? Just curious as I've never been.
squanto274 October 02, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I read all these comments (I'm "fairly" new to Brick, 8 years here) and now I understand why Wegmans chose not to come. They do a sampling of people with college degrees in an area to see if it's "their" type of people that would sip in a Wegmans. Brick failed. They could have saved the money and read the illiterate comments posted here! Why would you people want another empty building like WOW and make this a desolate wasteland????? It's not ANOTHER restaurant, it's replacing one that was there already- so it's actually 1:1. Wheels of progress people!!! Next one of your old favorite haunts sells out to a chain, like Red Lion to Walgreens or whoever bought it, bitch to the owner- not the guy smart enough to buy the land.
squanto274 October 02, 2012 at 12:56 PM
KC- instead of being another internet, blog tough guy and be a faceless complainer, do you ever go to town meetings and voice your concern?
Justin October 02, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Best comment yet.
lizaA October 02, 2012 at 06:19 PM
agree that its in the wrong place. jackson howell or new Egypt area I bet would have done better
squanto274 October 02, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Why is it in the wrong place? I have ZERO interest in NASCAR but if the food is good and it's a cool atmosphere, I'll go. Should they move Longhorns to Texas since there aren't any cowboys around Brick? No wonder Wegmans doesn't move down here! The level of thinking is unreal. Keep the same old same old, never give anything new a chance! Since you're all do upper crust, why did the decent restaurants that were next to ATT go out of business? Because you were too busy at TGI Fridays!
Lifelongbrickresident October 02, 2012 at 10:18 PM
we need another restaurant chain like we need another term of Acropolis
squanto274 October 02, 2012 at 10:40 PM
we need another lifer talking about the glory days, opposing change like we need another drug crime in Sawmill. Worry about the real issues please. This contributes to the area- no restaurants, no jobs, no economy. You people are unreal.
squanto274 October 02, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Why is it in the wrong place? I have ZERO interest in NASCAR but if the food is good and it's a cool atmosphere, I'll go. Should they move Longhorns to Texas since there aren't any cowboys around Brick? No wonder Wegmans doesn't move down here! The level of thinking is unreal. Keep the same old same old, never give anything new a chance! Since you're all do upper crust, why did the decent restaurants that were next to ATT go out of business? Because you were too busy at TGI Fridays!
Bob October 02, 2012 at 10:44 PM
none of yobusiness October 02, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Are they going to fly the rebel flag outside this hick joint?
squanto274 October 02, 2012 at 11:48 PM
It's from PA not the South!
bayboat October 02, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I'd be a little nervous eating under a car
bayboat October 02, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Mmmmmm these wings are good. Oh look! A muffler!
Joseph Woolston Brick October 03, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Pink, Your participles are dangling!
Susan October 03, 2012 at 12:31 AM
My husband wrote $13 on the CC receipt, she changed it to $18, which could be understandable, except it changed the total which was very obvious. When brought to the managers attention (through corporate a few days later) they made up for it by refunding us the $5 and giving us "5 wings" coupons. No thanks - won't be back.
Joseph Woolston Brick October 03, 2012 at 12:33 AM
According to my friend who lives by a Quaker Steak, it is NOT a fast food joint by any means.
Joseph Woolston Brick October 03, 2012 at 12:43 AM
KC Don't fall for the organic food crap, for that is what it is. Farmers will tell you there's no such thing as clean organic farming, not anymore. Yes there are farmers that do not use pesticides or steroids but it doesn't matter. Chemicals from factories, cars and other pollutants go up into the atmosphere and come back to earth in the rain and are put right into the soil, our water no matter where in the USA, is contaminated with all kinds of pollutants, the worst being old pharmaceuticals that have leach into the water supply from people throwing their old pills down the sink or toilet. All this is absorbed into the plants and animals which is adsorbed by us. There is no such thing as "safe" food anymore, just safer and it's not that much "safer" to pay through the nose for. Whole Foods and places like it are a joke.
Joseph Woolston Brick October 03, 2012 at 12:54 AM
What a bunch of fun killing geezers you people are. What exactly do you want to open down here. Emril's, 21 Club, Tavern on the Green? They don't have Sunday brunch or early bird specials. Half of you couldn't afford to go there if they did. Get real.
Kaity Kusner October 03, 2012 at 04:26 AM
I agree but, I think its neat that they have it though.
Winston Smith October 03, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Cant stand places with a zillion tv's and sports sports sports on all day, everyday. It really makes us all look like idiots with nothing on our minds.
squanto274 October 03, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Tom C- its a quasi sports bar. That's what ppl go there to see- sports at the bar. Stay home then.
read bull October 04, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Brick women ain't FAT enough....
darrell October 04, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Stopped by today and got my free bucket of wings and a tour of the restaurant. Really a nice setup inside. The wings are exactly like I like them. Can't wait for opening 10/10 and I don't care what you have to say, I liked them and the place.
Patrick Sims October 10, 2012 at 04:42 AM
This place is awesome and the food is amazing!!!! Cool, Cars and even a Harley inside!!!!! You have to try it before you can judge it. QS&L welcome to Brick!!!
Glenn October 10, 2012 at 05:02 AM
And after I do a burn out I'll b sure to key your car.
Glenn October 10, 2012 at 05:05 AM
BEe patient. In the begining you get Pinebelt Camaros, etc.
Glenn October 10, 2012 at 05:07 AM
When was the last time you parked your car in your garage? Bet you don't even have one.
Glenn October 10, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Why would they want to compete with the one up your butt?


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