In October 1987, Tim McLoone opened his first restaurant, McLoone’s Rum Runner, located on the Shrewsbury River in Sea Bright, New Jersey. Schooled at Harvard and accomplished in music, athletics, and business, he did it as much to carve his niche as a restaurateur as well as to establish a place for him and his musician friends to perform.
After the success of Rum Runner, McLoone was approached by Applied Development to start their next project in Long Branch. As the first restaurant and cornerstone of Pier Village, McLoone’s Pier House opened its doors in May 2005. In 2007, McLoone was awarded the contract to open a restaurant in a new off-track wagering facility being built in Woodbridge, NJ, now McLoone’s Woodbridge Grille.
As respectability increased, McLoone was asked to become part of the rebirth of the iconic Asbury Park Boardwalk. Taking over operations of Salt Water Beach Cafe, McLoone’s Asbury Grille opened in early 2008. Seeking the opening of a supper club, reminiscent of New York Supper Clubs from the 1930s and 1940s, McLoone orchestrated an aggressive construction schedule in order to create one of his own on the second floor of the Asbury Grille. Nine weeks later, in July of 2008, Tim McLoone’s Supper Club opened its doors.
The company’s first venture outside of New Jersey, McLoone’s Pier House at National Harbor, opened in June 2010. Located on the Potomac River, the Pier House offers the best view of the sunset in the area. In 2011, McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange opened on the South Mountain Reservation alongside the reservoir. The restaurant neighbors Turtle Back Zoo & the Codey Arena.
Similar to the Woodbridge Grille, McLoone’s Bayonne Grille is located on Route 440 North in the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority’s Off-Track Wagering Facility and includes two full bars, a VIP room and a beautiful dining room. CJ McLoone’s in Tinton Falls features an intimate, American tavern experience for the entire family, as well as a casual and spacious pub with 14 flat screen TVs, perfect to relax and watch the games in season.
When Superstorm Sandy hit the New Jersey coastline in October 2012, Tim suffered damage to several shore restaurants including The Rum Runner, Pier House in Long Branch and Asbury Grille and The Supper Club in Asbury Park. Both Long Branch and Asbury Park locations quickly reopened due to the resilience and determination of McLoone’s staff, solid building structures and community support, but unfortunately the Rum Runner was forced to close after its 25th anniversary and is expected to reopen in late 2015.
McLoone’s Asbury Grille, Asbury Park, NJ