John Copeland in front of Town Grill

John Copeland has returned to Manasquan, New Jersey, with his new Town Grill restaurant in the location where his original Broadway Grill restaurant resided nearly three decades ago.

Former regulars of Broadway Grill will be thrilled to know that fan favorites including the original waffle fries, broccoli soup, and coconut chicken salad, among other items have returned to take up residence on the new Town Grill menu.

Turkey Club and Fries from Town Grill in Manasquan

After leaving Manasquan in 1995, Copeland went on to open four additional Broadway Grills in New Jersey, before moving to Florida in 2014. In the Sunshine State, he managed a popular beachfront restaurant and bar.

When the Committed Pig restaurant, in the original Broadway Grill location, was relocated from 168 Main Street to the former Maria’s Restaurant location down the street, the landlord tracked Copeland down in Florida and invited him to return.

Chicken and Waffles at Town Grill
Chicken and Waffles at Town Grill

Copeland’s Perspective

“I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Manasquan,” Copeland said. “It’s where I got my start in the restaurant business. I’m excited to be back and to once again get involved with the community I love.”

And the public health crisis, is also on Copeland’s mind, of course. “Given the challenging climate we are dealing with, I took great care in creating a dining experience that is not only safe but comfortable and inviting,” he said.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Breakfast options include mouthwatering pancakes and waffles, breakfast burritos, housemade corned-beef hash, biscuits and gravy, and so much more. If you love a good breakfast, you need to make it a point to visit Town Grill. 

pancakes at Town Grill in Manasquan
Blueberry pancakes at Town Grill in Manasquan

While breakfasts are very popular, the Town Grill’s lunch and dinner menus are not to be overlooked. Everything is so fresh and delicious. The restaurant prides itself on paying attention to every detail, from the steak and waffle fries to the housemade coleslaw and soups. You can’t go wrong with the salads, sandwiches, or wraps either. The extensive menu includes weekly specials as well.

buffalo chicken wrap
Buffalo Chicken Wrap with sweet potato fries

A Warm Welcome from the Community

Manasquan has opened its arms up wide to welcome John Copeland back. Many well wishers have left comments on social media, about their excitement for Town Grill, recent good experiences, and fond memories of the Broadway Grill. Here are just a few:

  • “Loved the Broadway Grill. Welcome back. Looking forward to trying your new place out.”
  • “Had takeout last week and it was AMAZING!! Can’t wait to go back!!”
  • “Had breakfast on Sunday. Very good, can’t wait to try lunch!”
  • “We went for a late lunch/early dinner. My husband and I both had burgers, which were cooked perfectly, tasted very good and juicy. They even have gluten-free buns! The fries were good also. Desserts for both of us were apple pie in a cup, which was delicious, and rice pudding, which was also delicious. The service was top notch. Not only did our server check on us, the other server and owner/manager checked on us too. Great new place in town. Can only imagine their breakfast.”

Town grill is open seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 8 p.m., serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hours are subject to change.

The Town Grill
168 Main Street
Manasquan, NJ 08736