“When do you close for the season?” is the inevitable question customers ask of boardwalk businesses.
For Park Seafood in Seaside Park, this year the answer is October, and that gives big fans of the fresh seafood eatery a whole month longer than many other September-shuttered businesses offer.
However, the popular counter-service boardwalk stop is expanding this fall. There's a new location coming, with a liquor license and a full menu in a sit-down venue.
In addition to its seasonal location across from The Sawmill on Seaside Park boards, Park Seafood owners are bringing a year-round restaurant to the north side of the Seaside boardwalk.
Called Park Seafood and Steak, the restaurant will sit atop The Aztec, north of the Casino Pier.
The menu is still in the works, staffers said, but a fall opening is scheduled for Park Seafood and Steak.
It promises to be very different from the Seaside Park location. Mainly: the new restaurant will be an inside, sit-down restaurant that has a liquor license. The original location is open-air and has no liquor license.
It also means that Park Seafood flanks both sides of the boardwalk, with its original location at the south end and the new joint on the north.
The north location has a hip cocktail lounge and deck side bar planned, to have drinks and food while overlooking the boardwalk and beachfront, staff said.
The restaurant will have a full wait staff as opposed to counter service like the casual original in Seaside Park.
Park Seafood and Steak will be at 901 Boardwalk, Seaside Heights.
Park Seafood is at 1808 Boardwalk, Seaside Park.