30 Apr Night and Day: New Owner & Look, Same Great Spot for Waypoint 622
If you are from the southern Monmouth County/northern Ocean County section of the Jersey Shore, then you are likely familiar with Union Landing, a historic bar in Brielle that recently closed its doors for good. There is no need to worry, though, as the property was snapped up in January by Larry Grafas and renamed Waypoint 622.
The name Waypoint “comes from a sailor’s term meaning a destination,” and the 622 comes from the street address of the restaurant and bar, according to executive chef Daniel Palsi.
Grafas and his team, which includes Palsi, have done a complete renovation of both the inside and outside of the restaurant.
There are many new features for the new restaurant and it is an extremely exciting time for the crew, who have been working diligently since January to open up the eatery by the time spring and summer roll around. Scheduled to have its grand opening in May, Waypoint 622 promises a fresh look in a familiar location.
“We fully intend to preserve the storied reputation UL had, but we also want to make it our own,” says Palsi. “The renovations that we have done, and that we plan to do, will help us establish our own reputation, but we have booked some great live entertainment for our outdoor bar that will remind people of the old atmosphere here.”
The inside of the restaurant has been completely gutted and redone, and could not be more beautiful. There is a private wine room immediately to the right of the front entrance that will serve as a great space to rent out for private parties. A flat screen TV will be placed in this room, allowing people to hook up a slideshow or photo stream to make this private room that much better for birthday parties, engagement parties, and other occasions with the ability to host about 30 people. When the room is not being rented it out, it will serve as a extra dining space.
To the left of the entrance is a small bar and cocktail area. This is a great addition for the busy time of the year, as customers who have to wait for a table will have the opportunity to enjoy a drink at the bar as they wait to be seated.
The main dining room will host approximately 75 to 100 guests, according to Palsi. One of the biggest renovations done, other than the modern look of the inside of the bar, is the outside. Union Landing had a two-tier deck system out back, and the canopy blocked the view from inside the restaurant. The team has raised the deck area and canopy so as not to obstruct the unparalleled view of the Manasquan River from inside the dining room.
Palsi studied at the Culinary Institute of America and has trained all over Europe, so you can bet that the menu at Waypoint 622 will be as fresh as can be and offer delicious dishes from traditional and modern American fare to succulent seafood.
There also promises to be a great beer selection at Waypoint 622, and they will be introducing a brand-new draft beer system that will feature the classics as well as craft beer selections. Palsi said his team recently did a tasting of Kona beers, a Hawaiian-brewed beer that was brought in by his brother, Douglas Palsi, who is the beer and wine sommelier.
“We get a lot of surfers around here, so we want to have something everyone can enjoy,” says Palsi.
With a number of dining opportunities, Waypoint 622 promises to be one of the best new restaurants and bars at the Jersey Shore. It has a strong tie to the community in its ownership, staff, and location. The new team at the helm promises to remain true to the fond reputation of Union Landing while making a step in their own direction with a great menu, a new draft beer system, and a freshly and beautifully renovated interior and exterior.
There were nothing but praises to be sung about the Schmidt family, the previous owners of Union Landing, by the location’s new owners and operators.
“We very much want to preserve the reputation of Union Landing by offering great specials and booking the best bands that have played at UL in the past,” says Palsi. “That being said, the fresh renovation and change of name will let people know that we are a new restaurant and bar with a fresh look and atmosphere.”
Be sure to keep an eye for the upcoming grand opening of Waypoint 622 — you won’t want to miss out on what promises to be one of the hottest new spots at the Jersey Shore this year.