The Old Bay in New Brunswick Prepares for Final Call After Three Decades

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The Old Bay in New Brunswick. Via Facebook.

A New Brunswick institution that just celebrated its 30th anniversary will be no more by the end of the year. The Old Bay restaurant, at 61 Church Street, will close on December 23, according to New Brunswick Today.

The restaurant was started in 1987 by Anthony Tola, Tony Ventrie, and investment partner Robert Steiger as a destination for seafood in a town that was nowhere near the culinary destination it is today. In addition to the seafood, it was known for Creole and Cajun food. Recently, it has also been focusing on craft beers, and doing weekly karaoke. Live music has also been a staple there.

Given that there were celebrations and even a renovation for the 30th anniversary, many patrons and staff were surprised by the announcement, the report said. General Manager Tommy Brennan, who started as a bartender five years ago, said they’ve been struggling to find their identity.

What’s next for the spot? The Kenilworth-based Blackthorn Irish Pub, which plans to open in March of 2018 with a more expansive menu than their original location. Brennan said anyone who wants to keep their job in the new operation is welcome to do that, but he hasn’t made a decision for himself.

The last night for karaoke will be December 19 and be on the lookout for their ’87 Throwback Menu. The farewell on December 23 will include guest bartenders, a buffet, and live music, all with a $10 cover.

[gmap height=”250px”]61 Church Street, New Brunswick, NJ[/gmap]


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