Jack, Flo and the four children, John (Bud), Al, Ken and Ruth, worked hard together selling bait, renting rowboats and cooking dinners for fishing parties that would come down on the train Friday night, paying $2.50 for room and board. Their two-story houseboat, with a potbelly stove, operated seasonally, and remains today as the interior of the main dining room and reception area. Visitors in the early days arrived by steamer or train, when the Central Railroad of NJ came from Jersey City and stopped at Highlands Station, just outside Bahrs’ front door, on its way to Long Branch. From the 1940s to the 1970s, Bud and his wife Peg grew the business to a year-round destination, entertaining seafood lovers visiting from Monmouth Park, the Garden State Arts Center and local beaches. Famous stars such as Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, Ernest Borgnine and many more have enjoyed lobster dinners at Bahrs. After Bud and Peg officially retired in 1974, the restaurant has been owned and operated by Ray Cosgrove and his son Jay, the fourth-generation great-grandson of the founders. Together, they have expanded the facility to include Moby’s Outside Deck & Lobster Pound as well as the original marina facility. The family and experienced, dedicated staff have served more than 12 million customers. Bahrs Landing is considered one of New Jersey’s famous landmarks as well as one of the country’s oldest familyrun restaurants, specializing in catering to large and small groups, friendly service and creating special memories for you and your family! www.sparkvisitmonmouth.com 75 BAHRS LANDING Famous Seafood Restaurant & Marina Founder John “Jack” Bahrs, grandson of a ship captain, and his wife, Florence, who had their beginning in the Dutch Neck section of Newark, purchased a small boat rental business on Cedar Street in Highlands to operate in the summer, returning to their necktiemanufacturing business in Newark in the off-season. In 1917, they purchased the beached boathouse at the current Bahrs location, moved the rental boats over and started cooking up chowder. The rest is history! Photo by C. Leslie Celebrating 100 YEARS!
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