Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Asbury Park Pillar Calls It Quits

March 8, 2012

ASBURY PARK PILLAR CALLS IT QUITS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ASBURY PARK:  After forty-five years in business in the City of Asbury Park, of which thirty of those were spent as owner/operator of the Adriatic Restaurant, 1409 Kingsley Avenue, Asbury Park, New Jersey, Stanley Tokic is turning in both his apron and his keys. The long time restaurant and bar across the street from the Berkeley Carteret Hotel has been sold according to Richard R. Santore, Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale.
Stanley Tokic, both the chef and owner of the Adriatic Restaurant is an old-school New York City restaurateur with amazing skill and style.  He came over to the United States over fifty years ago from Croatia, and has been in the restaurant and bar business ever since.  Menu items such as the “Steak Stanley,” “Chicken Murphy” and the “Hungarian Goulash” have attracted loyal patrons for over three decades.  The old fashioned jukebox and two traditional TVs give the bar the vibe of being back in the 1970s.  It's been a great place to eat, drink and relax, but now it is time for Stanley and his wife Mirjana to retire and enjoy life together.
Santore reports that the restaurant has been sold to executive chef and co-owner of several restaurants in Asbury Park, Marilyn Schlossbach, and her brother, Richard.  Ms. Schlossbach operates the Trinity and the Pope, with a Creole and Cajun theme, Langosta Lounge, which serves what Ms. Schlossbach calls “vacation food - a mix of Mexican, Caribbean and Asian,” and the Dauphin Grill in the Berkeley Carteret Hotel.  She also operates three casual Mexican spots called Pop’s Garage, one in Normandy Beach, one in Asbury Park and one in Shrewsbury and the Labrador Lounge, in Normandy Beach.  Now add the Adriatic to her list.
Her biggest project is Asbury Park itself, where she has more charitable endeavors and sits on more Boards than she has restaurants.  She has a very good feel for the community and about what works and doesn’t work.  Schlossbach has a vision for Asbury Park: a thriving downtown that would funnel people to the beachfront, and a resulting prosperity that would benefit the city’s rundown neighborhoods, generally on the west side of town.
Don’t expect many changes at the Adriatic until after the summer rush subsides.  As you can surmise, Schlossbach has plenty on her plate!