Wednesday, October 24, 2012


October 17, 2012


HOWELL TOWNSHIP:  The twenty-year history of the Chapter House Restaurant, located at 1454 Highway 9 South, Howell Township, New Jersey has turned the page and was sold according to Richard R. Santore of, Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale.  But no worries, the new proprietors are none other than the Jaspan family, owners of the Ivy League Restaurant, located on the north side of Highway 9 in Howell Township.
At one period of time the Chapter House was one of five restaurants created and operated by American Innkeepers.  Three others were sold over the past ten years; The “Varsity Club,” Fair Haven, New Jersey, the aforementioned “Ivy League,” Howell Township, New Jersey and the “Thirsty Mallard,” Waretown, New Jersey.  With the sale of the Chapter House, the only remaining American Innkeeper operated restaurant, is the “Tiger’s Tale” in Montgomery, New Jersey.
“This is a perfect fit for us,” says new owner Tom Jaspan.  “We have just bought up the competition.  The concept is exactly the same one we are running at the Ivy League.  We now can buy better, market together and share staff which will lead to a better bottom line for both restaurants.”
For over twenty years the Chapter House Restaurant has packed them in.  The food isn't exactly gourmet, but, then again, it isn't pretending to be. The "pub grub" is good, solid fare, the portions are generous, and the prices more than reasonable.  The bar is big and bustling, with seating for 40.  It is decked out with flat screen televisions, rustic lanterns, blackboard specials and assorted memorabilia.  Various ales, lagers, stouts and microbrews hold a prominent place.  The dining room seats 145 and is spruced up with collegiate ivy-league themed decorative embellishments.
For lovers of the great American grilled hamburger, all of burgers should live up to your expectations. Among the sandwiches, recommended is the French dip; thinly sliced roast beef served on French bread with au jus.  And speaking of sandwiches, the buffalo chicken wrap leads an array of tangy wraps that are so very popular on the menu.  But why tempt the culinary muses? Stick with the steak. The 16-ounce grilled rib-eye dipped in Cajun spices is certainly the best of the lot. The 24-ounce NY sirloin is another delectable possibility, and it may also be ordered grilled or dipped in Cajun spices.
Stop by with a group, dress as casual as you like, get ready to eat and drink, and a good time will be had by all.  The Chapter House is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


October 1, 2012
NEPTUNE CITY:  The former La Cantina southwestern restaurant, located at 116 Third Avenue, Neptune City, New Jersey has been sold according to Richard R. Santore of, Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale.  The new owners, Alan Grippaldi and Fabian Gomez are converting the restaurant and bar into a stylish sports bar featuring a tapas menu and sushi bar.  “This area has not seen anything like the concept we are bringing to Neptune City,” says theme originator and promoter Grippaldi.  “Jersey’s, as the new restaurant will be called, is going to be a sports and entertainment mecca offering food and drink not found in your typical New Jersey sports bar,” continues Grippaldi.

The menu is comprised of over 50 different hot and cold tapas items.  Most of the tapas recipes are from Spain.  Many of the products will be imported directly to the restaurant to maintain the authenticity of the dishes.  Customers will have an opportunity to sample many things for dinner, while having drinks or watching their favorite team on one of the many huge flat screen televisions doming the bar.  An exclusive Spanish wine list will be carefully designed by the owners.  “Watch out for our homemade Sangria,” says owner Gomez, “it is a secret family recipe that will knock your socks off.”

In a unique twist to the common tapas bar menus customers may find throughout the state, Jersey’s menu will also incorporate a complete selection of handmade sushi.  Conforming to the restaurant’s tapas oriented them, the portions and the menu will be arranged “tapas-style,” and customers will be encouraged to share and taste a variety of Japanese delicacies.

All sports all the time, lively music, a vibrant crowd, inventive cocktails, the finest tapas items of Spain and the best sushi this side of Tokyo…you can get it all at Jersey’s, Neptune City, New Jersey.  Opening October 15, 2012, seven days for lunch, dinner and late night entertainment.