New bar, restaurant for former Fort Monmouth site in Oceanport
A new bar and restaurant is the third and final tenant to join the renovated stewardship building of the former Fort Monmouth property.
Baseline Social was designed as a 17,100 square foot “immersive dining and entertainment experience” by the same team that created Deal Lake Bar + Co in Loch Harbor.
Among Baseline Social’s planned features are a 3,700 square foot entertainment section containing five virtual golf bays with full throttle technology and an LED TV viewing wall.
There will also be a 38-seat deck lounge that can accommodate live music or private events and an outdoor bar and lounge section with infrared heaters and a lounge with fireplace.
The restaurant has a planned opening date of spring 2023, joining two neighbors in the renovated stewardship building.
Birdsmouth Beer, a craft brewery and tasting room, just opened this month, having been the first to sign with Denholtz Properties for The Commissary at Baseline.
In September, a lease was signed with MGT Foods.
The third-generation family business — behind brands like Mr. Green Tea Ice Cream, Mr. Mochi, The Bear & The Rat Cool Treats for Dogs and Eat Mud Non-Dairy Ice Cream — plans to start production in the space Oceanport next year.
Baseline Social is opened by BarCo Brands – founded by Andrea Pappas, Greg Bartz and Phil Villapiano and joined this year by Tim McMahon. The group was looking to open a second restaurant and bar when they locked themselves in this location.
Denholtz Properties will now focus its attention on its second plot on the disused base – a redevelopment of Fort Monmouth’s former warehouse district.
Construction on more than 72,000 square feet spread over three buildings is expected to be completed in 2023.
Before the military base closed in 2011, The Commissary was a 53,700 square foot military supermarket.
The warehouse district previously included five administrative buildings and warehouses dating from the 1940s and 1950s, the Two River Times reported.
Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]
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