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Not The Usual Summer For Shore Restaurants

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Jersey Shore. August 2, 2013

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Business at Jersey Shore restaurants is usually booming in the summertime but not this year.

New Jersey Restaurant Association president Marilou Halverson says a lot of people aren’t aware that most of the restaurants in shore towns damaged by Sandy have reopened.

“It’s perception. I think that they’re just not sure, not willing to invest the time or the money to rent the house or go down there, thinking there’s nothing to do down there. I can tell you that’s not the case. There’s a lot to do.”

Halverson says business at some restaurants along the shore is down 20 to 60 percent, and they’re struggling to make ends meet.

“A lot of them had to take out loans because they did their insurance money. So they’re trying to pay back these loans and with having a decrease in revenue it’s becoming increasingly difficult.”

Halverson expects it will take until next year for the shore restaurant business to get back to normal.

In the meantime, it might be easier for you to get a table at your favorite dining spot.

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