AVON-BY-THE-SEA, NJ — The owner of Schneider’s, the landmark restaurant heavily damaged in an early-morning fire on October 21, says the popular eatery will be back. 

While the three-alarm fire was quickly contained at 801 Main Street, “due to major damage … we will be closed for the immediate future until we can rebuild,” according to a Facebook post by the restaurant.

At about 3:45 a.m. on October 21, Avon’s police and fire departments and first aid squad were dispatched to the fire call at the restaurant. Mutual aid was brought in from the Belmar, Neptune City, Bradley Beach and Wall fire departments, and through their combined efforts, the fire was knocked down and placed under control.

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The blaze, which started in the kitchen area, is under investigation and is not believed to be suspicious, according to officials. There were no reported injuries.

On the restaurant's Facebook page, there was an outpouring of support for the Schneider family to rebuild, with even several posts including photos and an advertisement of the restaurant’s grand opening in 1970.

For nearly five decades, Schneider's has earned a highly regarded reputation for its “Old World” German food, including sauerbraten served with potato dumplings and red cabbage, wiener schnitzel and Hungarian beef goulash, as well as an assortment of Bavarian wursts.

The building itself at 801 Main Street was not always serving up authentic German-Austrian-Hungarian dishes. Records show it had been the Circle Inn and Red Spot in the 1940s, and then operated as a “drive-in” diner with carhops under several names, including Bali Hi, Syd’s, Warner’s and Stan & Ed’s before the Schneiders moved their Newark restaurant down to the Jersey Shore.

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