Business at Jersey Shore restaurants is usually booming in the summertime, but not this year.
A lot of people aren’t aware that most of the restaurants in Shore towns damaged by Sandy have reopened, according to Marilou Halverson, president of the New Jersey Restaurant Association.
She says business at some of them is down 20 to 60 percent, and those restaurant owners are struggling to make ends meet.
“A lot of them had to take out loans because they did their insurance money,” Halverson said. “So they’re trying to pay back these loans and with having a decrease in revenue it’s becoming increasingly difficult.”
All the rainy days this summer may also have discouraged people from traveling to the Shore, she said.
Halverson expects it will take until next year for the Shore restaurant business to get back to normal.
In the meantime, it might be easier for you to get a table at your favorite dining spot.