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Red Lion Liquor License Transferred to Chain

Joe's Crab Shack will move into Brick Plaza

The liquor license held by the former Red Lion Inn on Drum Point Road has now been transferred to Crab Addison, Inc., which will utilize it in the operation of a chain seafood restaurant planned for Brick Plaza.

In September, the township planning board approved an application by Joe's Crab Shack to construct a new restaurant in the shopping complex.

The 8,600 square foot restaurant will be located where the former FedEx-Kinko's store was located in the rear of the plaza in a stand-alone building, said Township Planner Mike Fowler at the time.

The building that formerly housed FedEx-Kinko's will be demolished, Fowler said.

The restaurant will feature, in addition to its indoor dining room, an outdoor "pirate ship" themed play area for kids.

The Red Lion, a historic bar and restaurant in Brick, shut its doors in Jan. 2012, and has since been demolished and replaced by a CVS pharmacy.

Historical records show the former Red Lion 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 owned it since 1977.

As for the new holder of its liquor license: There are 127 Joe Crab's Shack locations nationwide. The Brick location will be the chain's fifth in New Jersey. Other restaurants are located in Eatontown, Lawrenceville, Clifton and South Plainfield.

Cat January 23, 2013 at 11:59 AM
I just wish they didn't take down the Red Lion. Would have been better if someone else bought and took over that restaurant. CVS across from Walgreen's.....hmmmm necessary?
Leaving Brick! January 23, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Another garbage chain in Brick, big surprise!
knarfie January 23, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Actually a pretty good place to eat, Where did you go to think it was "garbage"?
Scott Pezarras January 23, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Cat No but a successful business model used around the country by many companies. fast food restaurants, gas staions, banks, and car dealers. The planning boards can't stop the type of business discriminantly. It can only deal with land use and site issues.
Slippery Slope January 23, 2013 at 01:17 PM
I saw a sign for the opening of a new liquor store in Lake Riviera strip mall on Brick Blvd. What license is that?
Slippery Slope January 23, 2013 at 01:28 PM
The Red Lion was a Crab Shack and a Drug Store rolled into one . It was also a Crack House, a Pill dispensary, a massage parlor, a smoke house and a tooth brushers anonymous meeting place. You could go to the Red and get alcohol, drugs, a nice "young lady" and the crabs all at one stop shopping. Now thats a strip mall.
Jerry Belle January 23, 2013 at 01:57 PM
"The restaurant will feature, in addition to its indoor dining room, an outdoor "pirate ship" themed play area for kids." I just hope the parents enjoying the benefits of that liquor license remember where the kids are when they get up after having a few brewskis and leave.... ;)
Jerry Belle January 23, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Hey Slippery Slope...Are you waxing poetically about the loss of your favorite hangout and personal choices?
Jerry Belle January 23, 2013 at 01:59 PM
They're leaving Brick anyway, why do they care....
knarfie January 23, 2013 at 02:04 PM
I don't know if it was all you described, but it did go from a nice family place to a dump of a hangout.
iCanoe2 January 23, 2013 at 03:47 PM
I believe that is where the liquor store that is currently located next to Shop Rite is moving to.
Tom Cular January 23, 2013 at 04:15 PM
The Red Lion WAS a good place for food and a few drinks, during the past few years it went down hill. Pat Bottazzi ran a good show, when the the boys took over it was a downhill slide.
Andy Pat January 23, 2013 at 04:16 PM
The "Red" was a dump. And Bottazzi (former councilman; former Mayoral candidate; and longtime BTMUA commissioner) did little to improve the place in his 30 plus year's of (mis)management. Word has it he was in a bad financial position and forced to "sell out". I wonder if his business sense was this good when he was making multi-million dollar decisions regarding us taxpayers. Scary, huh?
JerseyGirl January 23, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Why knock the building down?! Why not leave it as it stands & work around what's their?!!
Irina January 23, 2013 at 04:35 PM
I loved the Joe's Crab Shack TV commercials, then I went to the Eatontown location. High prices, small portions, and everything (the crab legs, shrimp and my lobster tail) was overcooked/overnuked. I will NOT be going back. Save your money don't eat there. You'll thank me later.
The Jestor January 23, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Another liquor license and chain restaurant in Brick Plaza. Just what the plaza needed.
Bricky January 23, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Another great addition to "Anytown USA". At least you won't miss anything when you move away.
sodd January 23, 2013 at 11:28 PM
You almost hit the nail on the head slippery slope but the nice young lady comment way out there you must have one Hell of a set of beer goggles
rich January 25, 2013 at 01:52 AM
I love all the complaining. Waaaaa. Who cares. Open up your own business. we don't need jobs around here. Everyone is doing great!
shore family January 25, 2013 at 03:24 PM
People love to go out and eat in Brick. Tried getting into Quaker State a couple of weekends ago and it was an hour wait. I say bring it on. We need it. Otherwise, it's just an empty, unused building.
Deborah January 28, 2013 at 05:10 PM
I agree. I didn't like it as soon as I walked into it. The noise was deafening. Should have turned around and walked right out. All of those chains, Oil & Lube, Buffalo wild wings and Joe's crab shack are way too loud and the food only just so so, however, Oil & Lube does have a wonderful burger.. but get it to go.

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