Wednesday, February 13, 2013

CIAO! HELLO - GOODBYE


January 31, 2013

CIAO! HELLO - GOODBYE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LONG BRANCH:  Say hello to Chef Mitchell Shenker and goodbye to Chef Marc Marotta as chef/owner of Ciao Ristorante.  Classically trained New York Chef, Mitchell Shenker has purchased Ciao Ristorante, located at 75 Brighton Avenue, Long Branch, Monmouth County, New Jersey as reported by Richard R. Santore of Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, New Jersey, the broker for the sale.
 
“After working in the food and wine industry for the last twenty years, I have fulfilled my lifelong dream of owning my own restaurant,” says Chef Shenker.  “Our mission at Ciao is to provide every customer with a unique and satisfying dining experience,” continues Shenker.
 
Ciao Ristorante is a warm, intimate, Italian themed restaurant and one of Long Branch’s favorite dining destinations.  Taking over from the originating chef/owner of Ciao Ristorante, Marc Marotta, Mr. Shenker seeks to continue the creativity of Marotta’s dishes and to add his own flair to the menu, including some of the most unique wine pairings found in any area restaurant.  Chef Mitchell Shenkers’ cuisine is inspired by his love and passion for food and wine.  The menu is transformed seasonally and utilizes local products where possible.
 
Mr. Shenker studied at the French Culinary Institute in the early nineties.  During his career he worked for such notable chefs as Eric Lagrange of Park Bistro and Marcus Samuelson of Aquavit.  He served tenure as the executive chef of New York University where he prepared dinners for such notable guests as President Bill Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, George Soros, Larry Tisch, Jaun Perez and many others.  Shenker has also earned his Certified Wine Professional Degree from the Culinary Institute of America and now brings his passion for food and wine pairing to Ciao Ristorante.
 
The restaurant seats 45 inside in a very intimate setting and can accommodate an additional 15 guests on its sidewalk cafĂ© during the fair weather months.  Ciao Ristorante is open six days a week; closed Mondays.  Chef Mitchell looks forward to your visit!

MJ’S CLOSES ON SPOT #4


  December 20, 2012 

MJ’S CLOSES ON SPOT #4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MATAWAN:  The long-time restaurant and banquet center known as the “Buttonwood Manor,” located directly on Highway 34 in Matawan, 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 fourth MJ’s location opened by proprietors Angelo DiCapua and Robert Webster in the past four years.  Their first restaurant opened in 2009 and is located at the intersection of Route 537 and Sycamore Avenue in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.  MJ’s #2, opened in 2010 and is situated directly on Highway 35 in Middletown, New Jersey.  MJ’s #3 opened in 2011 on Highway 66, Neptune, New Jersey.  All three restaurants have been well-received and are enormously successful.
 
The new Matawan facility will be the flagship of the MJ’s concept to date.  It adds two additional profit centers not found in the existing three MJ’s locations; (i) a 5,000 square foot lake front deck that will be equipped with a tiki-bar and used for outdoor dining, cocktails and entertainment; (ii) a 200 seat banquet room to be utilized for weddings, sports banquets, private parties, corporate functions and other catering affairs.
 
MJ’s restaurants specialize in standard American fare but with an attention to taste and quality.  MJ’s uses only the finest ingredients for all of their appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, salads and pizza.  Their pizza is the best in the area; thin or traditional crust!  Mouth-watering chef's specials and drink specials are featured daily, along with live entertainment 4-5 nights a week.  MJ’s happy hour is the best in the area, every Monday - Friday at the bar.

Executive Chef, Nicholas Kouvel has been put in charge of all of the food preparation and presentation at all four restaurants.  Mr. Kouvel was the former owner of the infamous Cypress Restaurant in Ocean Township, New Jersey for several years, as well as more recently, the Executive Chef at Sally T’s Restaurant in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey for over ten years.

Following extensive renovations, MJ’s Matawan will be open for lunch, dinner, late night activity and private affairs, spring 2013.