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Sea Bright's Tommy's Tavern Plans Expansion, Parking Lot

SEA BRIGHT: After an impressive first year of business, Tommy's Tavern and Tap is looking to build on that success with a proposed expansion of its restaurant.

The planned expansion includes using the second floor of the restaurant and adding parking and more outdoor seating.

Before this can occur, owner Tommy Bonfiglio must first get approval from the Sea Bright Planning/Zoning Board. Tommy's, doing business as 1030 and 1010 Partners, LLC. Bonfiglio and his professionals are scheduled to appear before the board on Tuesday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The restaurant is located in the lot once occupied by the Sea Bright Post Office, 1030 Ocean Ave., and the proposed parking expansion would be located in the lot directly to the north, 1010 Ocean Ave., which once housed a Sunoco gas station. Twenty six new parking spaces are proposed for the former gas station lot. A use variance is being sought so the accessory parking lot can serve as the principal permitted use for the restaurant.

An addition to the building is proposed to house an interior stairwell to second floor which would be converted to a dining area for private parties, accessory office space, storage and restrooms, according to a public notice. A side yard setback variance is required for this addition to be constructed.

Tommy's is also looking to "permit outside seating of patrons in the rear of the restaurant together with fencing, walkways, accessory recreation area consisting of Bocce Ball court and Corn-Hole games, emergency access gate and installation of pavers on the south side of the rear yard, installation of trellis, tables & chairs, some with canopy shades, landscaping and fencing," according to the public notice. The owners are also looking to extend the patio area in front of restaurant to the north side, however no additional seating will be added.

We'll let our readers know if the plan is approved by the board tonight or if a decision will have to wait for a future meeting.

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