BEACH HAVEN - In the summer Beach Haven is an extremely busy area and it now offers another fine option for dining.

The Black Whale Restaurant Group, which owns numerous bars and restaurants in Southern Ocean County recently announced that they are opening Parker’s Garage and Oyster Saloon.  The bar and restaurant is located on the bayfront in Beach Haven.

They are scheduled to open Friday, May 19, at the old site of The Boathouse restaurant.  In 2016, the business group purchased the Boathouse, at 116 Northwest Ave. They will also be offering banquets and weddings in the restaurant. 

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The Black Whale Restaurant Group partners are Bob and Gina Nugent, William and and Linda Burris, and Eric and Melanie Magaziner. They are also owners of Black Whale Bar & Fish House, Mud City Crab House, Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House and Ship Bottom Shellfish.

They chose the name Parkers Garage name because the original was a Beach Haven fixture in Beach Haven's history.  Their website states:  

"In the 1870s, the newly built railway that connected New York and Philly to the port of Tuckerton brought folks from the cities. A steam ferry shuttled visitors and locals across the bay and Beach Haven flourished as a seaside community.  By the early 1900s, Beach Haven was a geographical embodiment of the good life; that mix of hard work on the bay and beach town relaxation. Ellis Parker opened a restaurant/houseboat rental operation, and later boat engine repair shop. We think of it as a golden age of Long Beach Island – the fishermen, the hotel guests, decoy carvers, barkeeps, kids rowing dinghies, the bootleggers and baymen. Today, Parker’s Garage is a celebration of all that. From our boat slips to our oyster saloon, we want to bring back that era. And we invite your family to be part of it."

The new restaurant will maintain the great tradition of food, drinks and service that the Black Whale Group has been noted for in the region.