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As one of the hardest-hit industries during the pandemic, the restaurant business has seen more changes than most. According to the National Restaurant Association, more than 110,000 restaurants closed temporarily or permanently in 2020. The recovery in 2021 brought even more trouble to this struggling industry with a nationwide labor shortage. If there’s a silver lining, however, the pandemic has proven that Americans love to eat out, and they’re more than ready to weather this storm from the dining rooms of their favorite restaurants.
As restaurants and diners navigate this ever-changing landscape, unique restaurants open their doors based on this mutual relationship. “We wanted to create and open our restaurant [Freddy J’s Bar & Kitchen in Mays Landing] as a love letter to our community,” says Grant Kneble, Executive Member. While many restaurants were closing, the Kneble family decided it was the perfect time to show their appreciation to the community with a brand new bar and kitchen.
That doesn’t mean they haven’t faced their share of struggles. Although they bought the property in April 2020, “literally the next day the closure was announced and we were told to remain closed. We officially opened the doors as Freddy J’s on October 23rd 2020 and closed again three weeks later due to Covid. We reopened in a snowstorm on February 2, 2021 and have been open ever since,” says Kneble.
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“Growing up, my dad and I loved going to bars and eating great burgers. We loved the camaraderie of a bar and restaurant. So we wanted to create something like this together,” says Kneble. When a location became available near Fred Kneble’s auto repair shop, the family decided this was the perfect time to open their new business. They would take their love of burgers to the next level and offer even more. “It’s a whole family affair. My grandparents and great-grandparents owned bars, my father owns the car business, and I come from marketing,” says Kneble. So they combined their talents, combined their passions and drew on their strong family history at Mays Landing to create a restaurant for everyone. “We like to say we’re the bar and kitchen where locals meet and strangers become friends in Atlantic County,” says Kneble.
While Freddy J’s is a “family affair,” it’s also a family affair. “We designed it to suit everyone. On Friday nights we have karaoke and everyone from feisty 90 year olds to kids performed. Our goal is to create an unforgettable dining experience for everyone,” says Kneble.
They also knew that to create a place with that kind of reach, they needed good food. To accomplish this, the Knebles hired one of the area’s most accomplished chefs, Chef Kelly McClay, former dean of the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. “We wanted to take comfort food to the next level and have something for everyone. We strive to offer the highest quality of grilled food,” says Kneble. Freddy J’s serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch and has a full bar.
It’s hard to say that Freddy J’s has a specialty. Of course, their house-smoked grill stands out, but so do their burgers, garden-fresh salads, signature appetizers, and sandwiches. Choices like cheese curd, which you’ll find on almost every menu in the Midwest, are hard to come by here. Freddy J’s offers a distinctly Northeastern take on this regional staple with Buffalo Cheese Curd ($10), Wisconsin cheese curd tossed in buffalo sauce and served with homemade blue cheese.
Their grilling expertise is evident throughout the menu in everything from their signature house-smoked wings to their Bourbon BBQ Glazed Smoked Meatloaf and their Freddy J’s Smoked Short Ribs. “We smoke our ribs, wings, meatloaf, pulled pork, provolone — which we use on our burgers and brunch, and our tomatoes, which we use on our menu,” says Kneble. Recently awarded “Hottest Wings” at Wing Wars, Freddy J’s 10-Piece Chicken Wings is a menu favorite and comes with your choice of Freddy J’s classic wing sauce, hot honey garlic, bourbon -Served keg or Asian glaze.
If you love barbecue but are trying to eat on the lighter side, Freddy J’s is for you. Try one of their fresh salads like the Kale Caesar ($10) or Cobb Salad ($12) and add a grilled flavor like Pulled Chicken (+$4) or Short Rib (+$7).
Of course, their declaration of love to the community would be incomplete without an outstanding burger menu featuring a wide variety of burgers. One of their most popular is the all-day burger ($16), which features two four-ounce burgers and is topped with bacon, ham, American cheese, avocado aioli, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, a fried egg, and pickles. Another popular burger is the Chili Cheeseburger ($15) made with Munster cheese and homemade chili.
Great things happen when good food is combined with an extraordinary experience – meet Freddy J Dining Club. “My dad is a big fan of Chaine des Rotisseurs dinners, and my grandparents told me about a secret dining club in Atlantic City. With the Freddy J Dinner Club we want to offer a very special, extraordinary culinary experience according to these traditions. We hope to make it a monthly or even bi-monthly experience,” says Kneble. Freddy J’s second dinner club experience takes place on Tuesday, March 1st at 7pm. This dinner includes a four-course Kobe burger dinner and accompanying red wines. “This dinner is a tribute to my father’s love and my love for burgers. We’re just taking it up a notch,” says Kneble. First course is a grilled Romaine Caesar with Gorgonzola crumble, followed by thick-sliced bacon with maple glaze, then the Kobe beef burger with aged English cheddar, wild mushrooms and fried onions. The final course is a decadent chocolate cake served with Willow’s Way homemade tiramisu ice cream. Dinner and wine combo is $60 per person plus tax and tip. Go to FreddyJs.com Reserve.
Freddy J’s Bar & Kitchen
Where: 5698 Somers Point Road in Mays Landing.
When: Tue – Thu 11am – 10pm (or close), Fri – Sat 11am – 11pm (or close) and Sun 10am – 10pm (or close) – Brunch Available from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m
How much: Brunch $12 to $25. Appetizers $10 to $13. Flatbreads $10 to $12. Soups and salads $8 to $12 (+ for add-ons). Small plates $12 to $14. Sandwiches $15 to $16. Burgers $14 to $18. Entrees $18 to $35. Dessert $10 to $11.
Services: Credit cards are accepted. Disabled access. On-site parking. Available for private events. Take away possible. full bar
For more information: Call 609-829-2585 or go to FreddyJs.com