Shore Fire Grille
2016 late Summer/Fall hours: Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. through October 10.
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About Shore Fire Grill: Shore Thing Catering was hatched two years before Shore Fire Grille opened, if you were wondering about that chicken or egg conundrum. They still do a lot of catering. "People were looking for our food at more than just special events," says Timothy Kohlheim, chef/owner of both businesses. That's how he segued into opening the restaurant. Kohlheim grew up in Manahawkin and admits he never worked the line in a kitchen until he opened his own restaurant. It was while living in Tampa, Fla., for nine years that he got his business degree then attended culinary school, but didn't finish. Although the restaurant is a year-round venture, Kohlheim wanted to get it open in time for the summer, basically because they are so close to the shore that a large percentage of the off-site catering business such as weddings and dinner parties occur during the summer. The new restaurant gave him the facilities to help carry out all those events. Kohlheim is a big fan of social media. "We do a lot of our specials, any announcements or features that we are doing goes up on Facebook," Kohlheim says. "As soon as you walk in the door you are looking straight down the line, basically at myself and my squad, behind the line in action as we are grilling burgers and pulling pork," Kohlheim says. With everything so clean and fresh and basically done to order, it's great that you can look in the kitchen and actually see your meal being made. "The only thing in our freezer is the tater tots and ingredients used to make our own stocks, " Kohlheim says. Everything else, including their seafood, is local and fresh. As for the dual meaning that inspired both business names, Kohlheim says the Shore Fire Grille is near the shore and that Shore Thing Catering means they are always on point.