Irene Can't Stop Seaside Bar's Party

J.R.'s on Seaside Heights boardwalk one of few open Sunday, the day of storm

A couple hours prior, the ocean nearly reached the boardwalk. Local roads remained flooded. But for one bar on the Seaside Heights boardwalk, it was simply Sunday night and the party must go on.

Although not as packed as it might have normally been on a summer Sunday night, the weekend before Labor Day, JR's bar opened up hours after Hurricane Irene, to allow locals to come in, have a drink and relax.

Several dozen came out as flat screen televisions at the boardwalk bar broadcast the latest Irene news into the night.

One patron from Denver at the bar said it turns out his vacation coincided with a hurricane.

"I'm on vacation, I got to come out! It's not bad here on the shore tonight." stated Ryan Whetsel, who is on on vacation at the Jersey Shore until next Sunday, when he will head back to Denver CO.

Others described cabin fever drew them to the bar.

"I just needed to get out of the house, and I knew JR's was open." said Toms River resident Christina Johnson. 

Lavalette resident Jennifer Lorenzo, who stayed on the mainland in Toms River during Hurricane Irene, was able to head back home and decided to go to JR's that evening.

"I have been stuck in the house all day, and we knew that JR's would be open so we decided to come out." said Lorenzo. Lavallette was under mandatory evacuation orders during the storm.

Lavallette resident Chelsea Colon was out during one of the calmest summer nights on the boardwalk in a while.

"This is the only night I can go out for the rest of the summer, and I was supposed to work tonight." said Colon.

Others said they headed to JR's because it was one of few places open on a barrier island still mostly shuttered after the storm.

"There was nothing open on the way out here, and we just needed to get out of the house. We would have stayed closer to home and gone to the Crab's Claw in Lavallette, but they were closed. So we decided to drive out to Seaside and saw that JR's was open so we are going to hang out here." said Lavallette resident Jen Andrews, and Brick resident Ryan Donaghue agreed.

JR's also had a DJ to try and entice the local crowd to come out and celebrate the passing of Hurricane Irene, according to the event flyer, which billed the evening as "The Official Sunday Afterparty" with $2 Bud Lite and $3 mixed drinks.

SB Girl August 31, 2011 at 12:49 PM
What part of "Mandatory Evacuation of the barrier island" did JRs not understand!! They should be fined HEAVILY for being open...just what the rescue people need, a bunch of roudy drunks to handle if the storm had come as predicted. The greed of the businesses in SSH is going to drive it into the sewer, if it isn't there already. I live on the island and know for a fact that the locals will no longer go there!!
David Daur August 31, 2011 at 12:58 PM
Hey Catherine! Your reporting and editing are usually very good and it was just a spelling mistake so we won't nail you to a cross..... this time... lol.
Billabong August 31, 2011 at 02:06 PM
Find me an editor who never makes a mistake and I'll show you a liar. I followed the Toms River, Manchester, and Point Patches through Irene and the editors should all be commended for a job very well done. The news they reported was posted much more quickly and effectively than sites like app.com or nj.com and was really informative regarding flooding and local road closures. Thanks for keeping us all in the loop during the past trying week.
Catherine Galioto August 31, 2011 at 02:11 PM
No worries. We are all "human, human, all too human." Thanks for the heads up and kudos and be assured we'll continue to keep you in the loop.
Jack Schultz August 31, 2011 at 02:20 PM
hey David Daur give the editors a break. You spelled spelled wrong in your first comment.....typos do happen


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