Saturday, November 12, 2011


RUMSON:  In the small villages that dot Ireland, the pub culture plays an important role in social life; it is the public hub of the community.  Half of the magic of Ireland lies in the people, for whom great conversation and high good humor are at the very heart of a wonderful culture. Village folks don't sit in front of the television after supper; they meet at the local pub and don't go home until everyone at the table has politely bought a round.

Since 1970, 132 East River Road has been the home of a great “Irish Pub” to the residents of Rumson and the surrounding towns and villages.  First as Briody’s Blackpoint Inn and then more recently as Murray MacGregor’s Publik House.  It has been a place where one could get a casual bite to eat and a few pints.  Somewhere that made you feel good about yourself and a place that was always bustling with that famous Irish atmosphere and hospitality.

This cozy Irish pub, Murray MacGregor’s, located at 132 East River Road, Rumson, New Jersey has been sold according to Richard R. Santore of, Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale.  But holy shamrocks hold on to your shillelagh; the luck of the Irish remains in Rumson in the presence of new owners, the Maguire Family of Hazlet, New Jersey.  The Maguire’s are a crafty, energetic breed, with the fire of Ireland boiling in their blood.  They bring with them a fresh new outlook and a wealth of innovative ideas and concepts that are bound to make the Rumson location bigger and better than ever.

The Maguire’s main emphasis on taking over what has been an absentee run business for the past few years, is to make Macgregor’s a centerpiece in the community.  “The most important thing about Macgregor’s,” state the new owners, “is that when people visit, they feel at home.”  The Maguire’s will be on premise at all times to greet, serve and interact with their customers.

As the old Irish toast goes; “may the roof above you never fall in, and those gathered beneath it never fall out.”  Half of the magic of Ireland lies in the people; so stop in and say hello to the Maguire’s and don’t go home until everyone at the table has politely bought a round.

Monday, October 31, 2011


NEPTUNE:  The highly visible restaurant and bar formerly known as “The Beacon Street Grill,” located directly on Highway 66 in Neptune, New Jersey, has been acquired by the MJ’s restaurant group according to Richard R. Santore of, Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale.

This will be the third MJ’s location opened by proprietors Angelo DiCapua and Robert Webster in the past three years.  Their first restaurant opened in 2009 is located at the intersection of Route 537 and Sycamore Avenue in Tinton Falls, NJ.  MJ’s #2, opened in 2010, and is situated directly on Highway 35 in Middletown, NJ.  Both restaurants have been well-received and have attracted a big local following.

The Neptune location has been a hot-spot on Highway 66 for many years.  Originally opened up as Cronin’s Bar in the 1970’s, the establishment was completely retro-fitted in the late 80’s into a popular sports bar named Jo Jo Players.  After a successful run, that restaurant was transformed into a New England Pub and named the Beacon Street Grill.  The Beacon Street Grill enjoyed a flourishing run for nearly 12 years until recently, when both the downturn in the economy and the inability of ownership to make necessary changes caused the business to shut down.

MJ’s took over on October 1, 2011 and following extensive renovations is scheduled to open before years end.  MJ’s restaurants and bars serve high-quality casual fare, featuring a wide variety of personal, small and large gourmet pizzas.  The bars in each restaurant are spacious, attractive and domed with large flat screen TV’s.  The finest in late night entertainment including one of the best Karaoke nights in the area keep patrons vibrant and amused.

If you want a preview of what’s coming to Neptune, visit MJ’s in Tinton Falls or Middletown.  If you can’t make it there, MJ’s will soon be open in Neptune on Highway 66.