Harvey Cedars — Harvey Cedars’ dining-scape is shifting, when Plantation Restaurant says goodbye and closes its doors Saturday, Oct. 12, and buyer Black-Eyed Susans will relocate across the street to replace it.
Plantation Restaurant and Bar has been an upscale dining destination for 17 years at 7908 Long Beach Blvd. Since 2010, Black-Eyed Susans Café has been top-rated by a growing following and by critics. So, one landmark is passing the culinary torch to a younger but creative and fast-growing neighbor.
“It has been a wonderful 17 years, and we are thrilled for Black-Eyed Susans, that will take the space,” said Plantation Restaurant owner Marty Grims. “The sale of Plantation allows us to focus our efforts on our other two LBI properties, daddy O and Tuckers Tavern, which added the rooftop Buoy Bar this summer.”
Grims added that restaurant group Fearless Restaurants is also expanding in Pennsylvania with a fourth White Dog Café location in Glen Mills, and with Rosalie in Wayne, both set to open in the first quarter of 2020.
Black-Eyed Susans is spearheaded by owners Ashley Pellagrino and Christopher Sanchez, who live in Barnegat Light. The chef-spouse team is elated about the move to Plantation, which will allow them to offer a full on-site bar and diverse menu.
Black-Eyed Susans opened in June 2010 and quickly became one of LBI’s most awarded dinner destinations, in addition to offering off-site catering for special events or intimate occasions.
“This is an incredible opportunity for Black-Eyed Susans to serve the community in a larger capacity. We are so excited to build on what Plantation has established here in Harvey Cedars,” said Chef-Proprietor Christopher Sanchez.
“Black Eyed Susans will continue to provide approachable food with locally sourced ingredients. Our mission is to serve and give back to the community that has given us so much.”
— Maria Scandale