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.

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