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Face-lift to Joe’s Surf Shack in Lake Como Features New ‘Eye-Appealing’ Facade

Renovations are under way at Joe Saloon’s on 18th Avenue in Lake Como, including replacing its façade with a covered porch that will have glass panels overlooking 18th Avenue. Credits: Cathy Goetz

LAKE COMO, NJ — Joe’s Surf Shack is getting a make-over, complete with a new façade that will include a covered porch with glass panels overlooking 18th Avenue.

The design is aimed to bring light into the establishment and be more eye-appealing from the street, according to owner Chris Fahey, who with his brother Bob bought the bar last June when it was PK’s Shamrock Pub. .

It also offers the option to open the window-paned, garage-styled doors — a use that would first need to be approved by the Lake Como Council.

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During a recent council meeting, Fahey presented the plans for the bar’s renovations at the request of Lake Como Zoning Officer Mark Fessler. The work is currently under way by Ocean-based Burke Construction Inc.

While it was originally named Joe's Saloon by the Faheys, it will reopen on March 2 as Joe's Surf Shack, according to its Facebook page

While the remodeling plan does not impinge on zoning requirements, there was concern that the new façade would not adequately meet noise restrictions placed on the bar, which is situated in a residential neighborhood.

However, Fahey assured the council that the doors and framing are designed to be sufficiently insulated and soundproof when they are closed. In addition, the windows are made of safety glass.

The bar owner agreed to abide by any additional restrictions imposed by the borough council to allow for the opening of the doors — a consideration that would be addressed during Joe Saloon’s liquor license renewal hearing this spring.

Getting Ready for Parade Day

In preparation for the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Lake Como Council on February 6 granted approval to Paul’s Tavern, McCann’s Tavern and Bar Anticipation to extend their premises outdoors to serve alcoholic beverages.

At Bar A on 703 16th Avenue, that means the volleyball area will be the site of a beer truck bar, as well as a traditional bar and another for coffee specialties. Paul’s Tavern at 1705 Main Street will section off a portion of its side parking lot for an additional 200 customers. For McCann’s Tavern, its entire parking lot at 1704 Main Street will become an outdoor bar area, complete with its traditional hot dog cart.

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