The newest addition to Michael's Plaza on Route 36 in Eatontown will be opening in a few weeks.
Habit Burger, which is currently under construction in the space next to Starbucks, is expected to open in early December and is currently hiring employees.
Habit Burger, a California-based restaurant chain that specializes in different types of cheeseburgers, has chosen to open its newest New Jersey location in the borough.
The restaurant developer had to come before the zoning board because Habit Burger will have outdoor seating. Food establishments with outdoor seating are considered fast food restaurants, which are not permitted in the zone where Michael's Plaza is located.
Therefore, a conditional use variance was requested and granted to the developer by the board during its May 11 meeting. The board also approved outdoor seating for Ruffino's Pizza and Italian Restaurant, which is also located in Michael's Plaza.
The Eatontown location will be the third Habit Burger in New Jersey, with the next closest one in River Edge.