WARETOWN, NJ - When new owners took over the Galley Grill at 96 Bryant Road, they likely had big expectations as a waterfront eatery. Meanwhile, Superstorm Sandy helped to wash those dreams away.  What remains of the restaurant is a now pile of rubble waiting to be cleared.

Township of Ocean Mayor Benjamin N. Loparo shared, “The township purchased the property, located at the end of Wells Mill Road.”

“Green Acres money was used to demolish the building, which had been empty since Sandy.”Loparo continued.

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The Green Acres program falls under the auspices of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. It provides funding that can be used by local governments “to acquire land that will be used for public outdoor recreation or conservation purposes.”

According to Loparo, the property will be turned into a park and offer non-motorized sporting activities. It overlooks the Barnegat Bay, and many are hopeful that fishing and crabbing will become available.

In September 2009, New Jersey Monthly summed up the Bayfront Marina and Grill as a nautical-themed seafood shack with a view of Barnegat Bay and Old Barney.  Earlier that same year, reviewers boasted of their experiences at the Bay Front Grill, calling it Jersey shore dining at its best.

The original premises were erected in 1921 and included boat rentals, a marina, and a live-in bait shop.

Bankruptcy records show that Bay Front Marina & Yacht Basin LLC doing business as Bay Front Grill filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy months before Superstorm Sandy. Chapter 11 bankruptcies allow debtors to reorganize their debts and make payment arrangements with creditors.

Stephanie A. Faughnan is a local journalist and Director of Writefully Inspired, a professional writing and resume service. Feel free to contact her at sfaughnan@tapinto.net.