BELMAR, NJ — Preschoolers at Belmar Elementary School recently turned their classroom lesson on restaurants into a real-life experience.

Some 30 students took the short walk from the school to Brandl restaurant in Pyanoe Plaza, where they received a tour of the popular eatery by owner Chris Brandl that included a “behind-the-scenes” look at its kitchen.

“(He) helped our prekindergarten students build a connection between a working restaurant and the play kitchen that is set up in our classroom,” said teacher Laurie Diffley. “They were fascinated by the dishwasher, ice machine and fryer.”

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To top off the visit, the students were treated to french fries, ice cream and fresh baked cookies served up by two special waitresses — Brandl’s daughters, Adrienne and Chloe, who are also Belmar Elementary students.

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