Olde Silver Tavern Restaurant to Come Back to Life

The new owners are planning on knocking down the old building and erecting a new one.

Manalapan’s Olde Silver Tavern will be coming back to life, according to a report by the News Transcript. The once popular eatery on Route 522 has been closed and boarded up since 2009 after a fire damaged the building. 

The current owners of the establishment, James Lawson and Agostino DiFiglia, are planning on knocking down the old building and constructing a new structure. The building will consist of a restaurant with outdoor seating and a separate bar area, according to the report. 

The Manalapan Planning Board approved the final site plans for the Olde Silver Tavern at their Jan. 9 meeting; the owners needed an easement in order install sewer lines. The Western Monmouth Utilities Authority, in turn, approved an application for sewer service.  There is no set date on when the business will reopen, as the owners must make other changes as per their site application, according to the report. 

Missy Red January 24, 2014 at 02:10 AM
I wish they didn't have to knock down the original structure. I guess there are many structural issues, besides not being connected to the sewer system too. I and so many others have had great times at OST. I don't know if the new place can replace the magic OST once waa! I'm very sad by this :(
SOG January 24, 2014 at 01:00 PM
How is it that they can get an easement to have sewer lines run under township owned land (how convenient) because there are no active lines on 522, yet no one West of 522, like Main Street, can get sewers? I'd really like to know about this. We've needed sewer service on Main Street for far too long and have been getting the bum's rush.
Dan January 24, 2014 at 01:17 PM
We moved here 30 years ago and OST was the place to go (pretty much the only place), and it was great. We remember standing shoulder-to-shoulder waiting for a table while we watched the kids play on the arcade games and hang with their friends. We knew the original owners, the waiters / waitresses and bartenders by name. We'd like to see some of its "Olde" glory again, and an outside sitting area, in the back / not the front, would be great. But don't try the valet parking again, that was just a dumb idea. We wish the owners success on their re-opening and look forward to coming back.
shannon January 24, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Will they be taking the roaches and filth out as well?!?!
Anne Marie McCann January 24, 2014 at 03:59 PM
OST appealed to the former Manalapan residents as there was literally nothing else around with a liquor license and cheap greasy food; but as time went on and the neighborhood changed it did not fare as well. It is time for something new and fresh in that location. Best of luck to the new owners!
SOG January 25, 2014 at 06:30 AM
Well, gee, Anne Marie, as a sixty year old lifetime resident of Tennent, I say I'd rather have a bar and greasy spoon than yet another crappy nouveau riche dump catering to you so called "sophisticates". You sound like quite a snob. I'm sorry if the indigenous residents if this town offend you. Thank you so much for moving here and ruining the place, we really appreciate it.
Redacted January 25, 2014 at 08:19 AM
As with SO many other changes in this area over the last 50 years the local ambiance & character that was the Olde Silver Tavern cannot be replicated with something "new and fresh". It was never the structure, the food, the furnishings, the location that made it what it was. It was the different type of people who populated this area and saw the OST as a local community gathering place and not just for drinking (re: "former Manalapan residents"). This type of community and connectedness is gone, not to return. Mall Materialism and pursuit of status symbols to impress Da Neighbahs is the norm. I wish the new owners the best of luck in their endeavor, I commend them for trying to re-establish the OST into the town and I will stop by after it opens to check it out, (though at off-peak hours as I can only take "Nouveau Manalapan resdidents" in short doses), but understand that small family owned taverns and restaurants are a dying breed. In sue happy New Joisey, one DUI crash related lawsuit can finish them off. Eventually only the major corporate operations will prevail. Soulless, sterile places like Applebees. Chili's, Outback, etc. Don't believe it? Think the Brookside Tavern, The Rug Mill Inn, the Millhurst Tavern, the Shady Rest, the Monroe Inn, the Village Tavern, Steve's Mainbrook, the (OLD) Fireside, Over Billy's, etc. Oh? Never heard of them? I rest my case.
SOG January 25, 2014 at 09:18 AM
@redacted, the "I, me, mine" crowd will never get it. They have no sense of community, they are tribal by nature.
Redacted January 25, 2014 at 12:26 PM
I should have realized that after the Dreyer House travesty. NewsFlash: Manalapan was NOT discovered by Hovnanian in 1965.
Manny February 06, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Glad the location will no longer look like an abandoned eyesore. Good luck to the new owners. I salute you for tearing down and creating a new watering hole for ALL the people of our town to enjoy.
Ish Kabiblell February 13, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Redacted, you forgot Pop Pop Dugan's in Englishtown. My wife and I went there regularly and I always felt bad for the owner and staff. Here was a place with a good beer selection, enjoyable food in a nice atmosphere with friendly staff and patrons. And in an area where people are moving in by the thousands they couldn't attract more business. Yet, Fridays had waiting time for a table. Good going America, you wanted bland corporate conformity coast to coast and you got it. Go to Killington Vermont and see how many chain places serving liquor there are. The answer is maybe one. But I haven't found it. And the local places are wonderful.


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