LITTLE SILVER: The borough's first-ever restaurant with a liquor license is in the works
Brick Wall At Little Silver, LLC has been awarded a retail consumption license and plans to open the first bar/restaurant in the history of Little Silver.
The borough held a referendum last year asking residents if they are in favor of the creation of the borough's first liquor license and it passed by a vote of 801-736. Following its passage, the Little Silver Council adopted two ordinances which regulate the license.
One ordinance creates regulations and standards for any business that has a liquor license such as hours operation and size of a bar and create rules for a "restaurant conditional license."
The other ordinances sets the zoning regulations for the business where the license will be located and limits it to either the downtown business district or in the business district near the Little Silver Train Station.
The borough began accepting bids for the license last fall and the council awarded one to Brick Wall At Little Silver, LLC during its Dec. 19 meeting for $350,000, according to Borough Clerk Kim Jungfer.
Jungfer said most of the principals behind the company are involved with the Brick Wall Tavern in Asbury Park and that their proposal is very similar to the original establishment. Matt and Mike Kelly are two of the principals; with Matt originally introducing the idea of a liquor license to the council a few years ago.
The group plans to build the restaurant at 51 Oceanport Avenue, a vacant building next to Brave New World and the train station.
Jungfer said the license application is being reviewed by the state Division of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC), and that a background check is being performed on the principals. If both of these steps are passed, the borough council will vote to issue the license to Brick Wall At Little Silver, LLC.
The group will then have to obtain site plan approval from the Little Silver Planning Board, as bar/restaurant is now a permitted use in the zone in which it is proposed.