Serving our beach communities and summertime visitors for over 130 years, these two landmark establishments are ready for another season of fantastic food, great live music and endless memories.

When The Parker House and The Columns open their doors and awnings for the season, shore natives can feel summer in the air. With June well underway, these two restaurants are ready for a summer that is sure to be one for the books.

THE COLUMNS

A seasonal shore favorite, The Columns was established in 1883 and is a beachfront landmark in Avon-by-the-Sea.

A destination that serves as a restaurant, bar and night club, The Columns offers quality drinks, fresh menu select

ions and live music to all who climb the steps up to the porch.

The elevated wrap-around porch is the perfect location for an outdoor dinner with a view as you enjoy a delicious steak and seafood meal paired with an ocean view and salt-air breeze.

While The Columns offers something for everyone every night of the week, some nights that are especially noteworthy include Lobster Palooza on Thursdays and Surf & Turf Night on Wednesdays.

Spend a Thursday night at The Columns for a night of live music performed by Guns 4 Hire starting at 6:30 p.m. and, of course, lots of lobster. Lobster Palooza first started about eight years ago and the night includes lobster dinner and food specials starting at $14.95.

“It’s a great family fun night filled with lobster giveaways where we do trivia and we give away one to two-pound lobsters on silver trays,” said Leslie Sims. “We have employees who dress up with lobster hats and the band gets involved.”

WEDNESDAYS AND WEEKEND NIGHTLIFE

What better way to spend a Wednesday evening than with all things surf? Every Wednesday night Surf n’ Turf Tacos and food specials start at $15 along with a featured signature surf cocktail, surf films and video and fun giveaways.

But that’s not all, Wednesday is another night full of live entertainment rotating between Quincy Mumford Acoustic, Enjoy! Trio and Glimmer Grass Band beginning at 6 p.m. An art night is also in the works and should be starting at the end of June.

The Columns put out a call for local artists and has been working with The Belmar Arts Council. From metal works to fiber artists, many mixed media artists are expected to display their artwork on Wednesdays in conjunction with the surf music, according to Sims.

“We’re really trying to do community development and share our love for food, art, music and community relations,” said Sims.

The weekends at The Columns make way for great nightlife and are packed with live music, drink specials and the restaurant being open for both lunch and dinner. Some fan favorites for the summer include The Nerds performing twice, as well as New Power Soul.

The Columns also supports a local nonprofit organization every Sunday along with live music from local favorites like Bobby Bandiera. According to Sims, a local charity comes in, presents their materials and creates a display and in lieu of a cover charge, The Columns accepts donations for the charity.

Make sure to stop into The Columns this summer for great weekend nightlife or a fun weeknight out filled with fantastic food specials and great music, all taking place directly across from Avon’s beautiful beaches.

THE PARKER HOUSE

Established in 1878 and located on 1st Avenue in Sea Girt, The Parker House has provided hundreds of jobs season after season as well as fine food, live music and so much more.

Located a block in from Sea Girt beaches, spend the day soaking in the sun and swimming in the sea and then walk over to The Parker House for a great meal.

“It’s a great place to go for quality, inexpensive mini-burgers and lobsters,” said Sims.

She added that it’s a great off-the-beach spot and offers numerous specials.

OFF THE BEACH, ON THE PORCH

This multi-level local hangout offers patrons various food specials on the back porch and at the raw bar in addition to the tavern and main restaurant portion of the establishment. Stop in Monday through Friday for blackboard specials in addition to the regular menu.

While The Parker House serves scrumptious food specials plus numerous weekly specials and provides fabulous live entertainment, one of the main goals is to serve the community through employment and fundraisers.

“The Parker House employs about 235 people from Monmouth and Ocean counties,” said Sims.

According to Sims, they host numerous fundraisers to support charities.

Some of the groups The Parker House supports through hosting fundraisers and charitable giving include: Henry’s Heart, supporting pediatric cancer research; Fireman’s Fundraiser, supporting equipment & restoration; Fun Run; local charities The Haunted Hayride, Sea Girt; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Long Blue Line, Manasquan school scholarship; NJ Sharing Network, organ donation; Sea Girt’s 100-year celebration, seafood bar; Junior Olympics, special needs students; Sea Girt Lifeguards, tournament sponsor; Torch Run, for special needs children; and Hole Sponsor St Marks Golf Outing.

Whether you’re a local who waits for the start of The Parker House season or spending the summer at the shore enjoying all that offers, spend some time enjoying a delicious meal on the porch!

If you haven’t had a mini-burger or lobster on the back porch, indlulged in raw bar favorites, or danced the night away to a great live band, then The Parker House is a top location to add to your summer to-do list.