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Jun 19, 2020

Red Bank Dining Officially Open for Business, Patron Shares Experience

By Melissa Acquaviva

Photo Courtesy of Delfino Family

The fog and humidity couldn’t stop the inaugural opening of the Pedestrian Plazas of Red Bank last night.

Rain or shine, the restaurants were finally given the go-ahead to serve and delight the community with a much-anticipated night on the town. Tables and chairs adorned Broad Street with lights strung above patrons, making the first night of dining out one to remember.

Lincroft resident Joann Delfino made reservations for Thursday to celebrate her daughter’s graduation from Middletown High School South, and she was not disappointed.

“I booked reservations in advance [at Robinson’s Ale House], thinking it would be busy, and I’m glad I did,” Delfino said. “They were turning people away. It was really nice to see so many people out and about and enjoying the night.”

Delfino’s daughter, 18 year-old Mia, had her own take on this new pandemic dining experience, “I thought it was cool and odd at the same time, very crowded, kinda like we were in a movie.”

The Delfino Family dining. Photo Courtesy of Joann Delfino

Photo Courtesy of Delfino Family

She explained that many people were not wearing masks, but all employees of the participating restaurants were wearing them.

Bistro and Char Steakhouse were among the many restaurants, also located on Broad Street, that were crowded with happy patrons taking in the sights, sounds and tastes of Red Bank in a safe and delicious manner.

In late May, Red Bank Borough developed the plan to allow for outdoor dining in advance of Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement in early June.

Broad Street between West Front and Wallace streets will be pedestrian plazas from 3 to 10 pm Thursdays through Saturday evening for shopping and outdoor dining, until further notice. The borough has also closed Monmouth Street between Broad Street and Maple Avenue for the same reasons.