Red Bank THE ROBINSON ALE HOUSE THE SCENE: One of the newest go-to spots in the downtown, The Robinson Ale House provides a low-key yet upscale night out for people, owner and restauranteur Tim McLoone explains. McLoone says of The Robinson Ale House, which opened Dec. 6 last year, was named after his wife Beth and her family, which carry the last name Robinson and grew up in Red Bank. "I really wanted this to be special for her," McLoone says, adding this is the 10th restaurant for McLoone's Corporate. Decor is cozy, he adds, with brick interior and a 1930s retro look with contemporary touches. Original design work was provided by consultant Terry Gierlatowicz; McLoone's wife and the company vice president Kristy Hensle proceeded and finished the project, McLoone says. McLoone says the Red Bank spot bears no demographic, but he notices a younger crowd in the later hours. TIME TO GO: Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, so enjoy the 16 craft beers, as well as a half-price appetizers. "The whole beer industry has really exploded," McLoone says. "The whole thing with craft beers when you put the words 'ale house' on a place, you're obviously implying something. Now, it's an expectation that you're going to be a little bit more creative." The number one seller, across all of McLoone's restaurants, are beers and burgers, he says. "It's the nature of the American palate these days," McLoone says. "It's a real comfort food kind of place." MUSIC: Live entertainment is not currently taking place at this new joint, but McLoone foreshadows it being something The Robinson Ale House may pursue in the future.
Posted on January 30, 2015