FORKED RIVER – It has been about five months since the blaze that took down a majority of Forked River’s beloved Caffrey’s Tavern. If you drive past the building now, you can see the phoenix is beginning to “rise from the ashes” as the rebuilding process makes significant headway.
After several attempts, Caffrey’s owners Dan Coleman and Joe DePasquale received the official “OK” to rebuild by the township’s Zoning Board of Adjustment on December 12, 2018.
According to DePasquale, the demolition began on Jan. 2 and they are already pretty far along on the rebuild. Photos of the construction show the restaurant’s structure being gutted completely.
DePasquale said he hopes to be up and running again by fall.
Caffrey’s posts regular updates to their website at caffreystavernnj.com. The site notes that Caffrey’s fans won’t have to wait to restoration to be complete to return to their favorite local Irish spot.
“Before long, you can enjoy our Irish food and friendly atmosphere in the new outdoor bar area. That’s right, Caffrey’s Tavern will be up and running again before the restoring is finished. As soon as we’re done constructing the open-air bar area, we’ll post an update here,” it stated.