TOMS RIVER, NJ – Shut Up and Eat! is one of the most beloved Main Street businesses in Toms River, if not in all of Ocean County. Located literally on Main Street in Toms River in the old Friendly’s restaurant building, the business has suffered from the COVID-19 shutdown. On Friday, the restaurant will reopen indoor dining with 25% capacity and outdoor dining will also still be available.
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“Friday 6:30 AM to 3:30 PM shut Up and eat will be open for indoor dining 25% capacity please be patient and we will still have picnic tables outside for you to enjoy……And shut Up and eat has an announcement new and exciting for us stay tuned for details￼￼….Follow our daily posts for details￼,” Shut Up & Eat! posted on Facebook.
The restaurant has had an outpouring of support from the Toms River community during the pandemic.
“Wellspring, we need your help! One of the businesses in our area has been hit HARD by the shutdown and we want to show them kindness in the name of Jesus! This Sunday after our Outdoor Worship Experience we’re asking for those that can to stop in Shut Up & Eat on Main Street in Toms River and order some food and give them a “God loves you & so do we” card,” said Wellspring Church. “Shut up & Eat has done many things for our community and we’d love to support them. They’re CASH ONLY so make sure you come prepared. Will you join us?”
Additionally, a GoFundMe page has been set up for the business by Laura Padham to help owner Ann Gauthier.
“She built this fantastic brand of great food, great service, and generosity that makes everyone feel like family. If you are collecting for a charity, she is one of the most generous businesses in Toms River to donate to your cause. She has implanted her roots in this community deeply,” Padham said. “She supports her son and his partners as they built a 501c3 charity of giving that supports many in need in Toms River to be run out of her establishment. Ann is the type of woman who gives to others daily, leaving behind $5 dollars for the next person in a store, buying a different old man dinner in restaurant we frequent, paying for the person behind her in line at the drive thru. That’s who she is. She has built a life of giving.”
Go check out their Facebook page for more information on schedules and availability.