Owners Amy and Scott Kelly received approval to construct a $4 million, 15,000-square-foot facility where their original bar/restaurant was destroyed. The Sea Bright Planning/Zoning Board voted 6-3 on June 30 to grant Kelly the variances and site plan approval he needs to move forward with the project.
In late September, a neighbor, Jennifer Walsh, filed suit against the Kellys after hiring an attorney during the board's hearing and saying that the larger scale project will be a detriment to her.
Amy Kelly told Word On The Shore that despite the lawsuit, she and her husband are moving forward with demolition and construction of the new Mad Hatter.
The new new building will be elevated over seven covered parking spaces and a storage area. The first floor will have a bar and dining area and the second floor will feature additional dining space, a kitchen and an outdoor patio bar overlooking the ocean.