Bellemara Distillery, Hillsborough
A single malt distillery has opened in Somerset County. Founder and head distiller Camden Winkelstein moved to Scotland for a year to learn how to make whisky (the Scots omit the e). Now he’s combining Scottish and American skills to bring a new distillery to New Jersey. With an outdoor patio complete with furniture, tables and igloo dining, guests can enjoy a night filled with a variety of cocktails. Open Wednesday-Sunday.
2 Clerico Lane (Building 5), Hillsborough
Drifthouse by David Burke, Sea Bright
After New Year’s Eve, this Shore eatery closed for three weeks to give its staff a needed break—something the team does annually. Now Chef Toni Charmello is preparing some of Drifthouse’s most popular specials, including Thursday Date Night, featuring her prix fixe menu with three classic Italian courses ($39pp). Other specials include Burger Night (Tuesdays), Sushi Specials (Wednesdays) and Lobster/Oyster Night (Sundays).
1485 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright; 732-530-9760
This gourmet hoagie chain opened a new location in South Jersey. The menu includes cheesesteaks, fresh-made sandwiches, coleslaw, potato salad and other deli favorites. The location is owned by local entrepreneur and veteran Eric Allen. Open 10 am-8 pm daily.
1030 Nixon Drive, Mount Laurel; 856-242-9610
River and Henley, New Milford
River and Henley recently opened as a new bar and restaurant, taking over what was previously Section 201 in New Milford. The new space plans to offer “energetic nightlife” with live music and other events. The kitchen is offering a limited and temporary food menu, including margherita pizza, chicken sliders and long and hot linguine, as well as drinks ranging from beer to martinis and other cocktails.
704 River Road, New Milford; 201-262-0391