Originally opened in the 1960s, Asbury Lanes was more than just an establishment in the city of Asbury Park from the start, but a gathering place that grew to iconic stature and seemed to stand the test of time.
REDEVELOPMENT AND RE-CREATION
At original inception Asbury Lanes was an 18-lane bowling alley, but in the early 2000s it’s potential as an alternative music and arts venue took center stage. The establishment continued on with the clamor of balls rolling and pins falling paired with live entertainment, which brings us to today.
Structural and mechanical issues arose after a half-century of use and the Lanes were in danger of closing or being demolished.
“Everyone has an Asbury Lanes story,” said David Bowd, operator and co-owner of The Asbury Hotel and operator of the Lanes. “Emotions ran higher with this project than with anything we’ve undertaken.
“What mattered to them matters to us: keeping the soul of this incredible venue while making changes necessary to guarantee its future,” he added.
Of course the redevelopment, led by real estate investment company iStar, also focused on the importance of food in addition to the music and bowling. A full-scale classic diner was built from scratch inside the Lanes, which is open daily and is open 24/7 on the weekends.
The new Asbury Lanes, which hosted its opening event on June 18, offers a new built-in diner with a menu that offers seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms. According to the online menu, the diner will serve lane-goers the best food and drinks in town, with the most delicious burgers on the Jersey Shore.
The menu boasts a plethora of updated favorites featuring popular diner dishes with a twist and some with a noticeable Jersey flair, like the Pork Roll Waffle Sandwich. The sandwich consists of Taylor ham, farm egg and American cheese on savory waffles with ketchup and tater tots.
The Cast Iron Skillet Cinnamon Roll is a giant cinnamon roll with brown butter, glazed in Devonshire cream that’s perfect for sharing. The Hashes is a dish comprised of potato, smoky pastrami and a farm egg or sweet potato, crispy kale, brussel sprouts and a farm egg for a vegetarian option.
The Lanes Burger, available as a single or double, is a beef patty smashed with jalapeno, caramelized onion, topped with jack cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato and chipotle mayo with fries and onion rings. The Impossible Burger is a vegan Impossible patty, vegan cheese, sauteed mushrooms and fries.
The Fried Chicken dish is fried local boneless chicken breast with three-cheese mac ‘n’ cheese and hot honey. The menu offers even more dishes and a wide array of sides from a short stack of pancakes to disco fries to vegan waffles and braised collard greens.
The Asbury Lanes Diner, 209 4th Ave. hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to midnight and Saturday through Sunday, open 24 hours.