Jersey Shore restaurant damaged by Sandy finally torn down

A shuttered relic left over from Hurricane Sandy is finally coming down, years after it was severely damaged by the hurricane.

News 12 Staff

May 9, 2019, 3:54 PM

Updated 1,847 days ago

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A shuttered relic left over from Hurricane Sandy is finally coming down, years after it was severely damaged by the hurricane.
The concession stand at parking lot D on Sandy Hook was destroyed after the storm. Above the stand, the Seagull's Nest Restaurant was a shore favorite for its sunset views.
The concession stand only stood for 16 years, but the memories made at the restaurant in the short time were enough to leave quite a lasting impact.
During the summer months, the top deck offered spectacular views of the sunset overlooking Sandy Hook Bay as a nightly recording of Kate Smith's “God Bless America” played over the PA system.
But Hurricane Sandy came and severely damaged just about every concession stand on the peninsula.
In 2014, the family-run business could not cover the necessary repairs due to insurance reasons, and the National Park Service took over control of the vacated building.
Earlier we spoke with a long time customer and local about what this spot meant to the community.
Demolition of the old building is just about complete, but crews will be on scene for a couple more days removing the debris. 
The National Park Service says they are still early in the planning stages as to a replacement at the location, but they do want it to recapture the beauty of the area. 


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