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Farewell Charlie Brown's, Hello Mediterranean Chateau

It's too early to make a reservation, but the restaurant should open within a few weeks

Fans of Charlie Brown's were recipients of sad news in November 2010 when the owners of the corporation announced they would file for bankruptcy and close half of their locations, including the one in Matawan.

As the steakhouse started to bounce back in 2011, a glimmer of hope that the Route 79 location might reopen quickly faded. Even the most left the borough's location in the dark.

However, the parking lot of the once popular eatery will not be empty for much longer.

The Matawan Borough Council authorized the transfer of Charlie Brown's liquor license to Mediterranean Chateau Corp. at their Feb. 21 meeting. Borough Clerk Jean Monfort said the Portuguese restaurant plans to open within a few weeks.

"I'm very happy that we have another business coming into the community," said Councilwoman Linda Clifton when she voted to approve the license transfer.

Barzillai February 25, 2012 at 04:04 AM
I look forward to giving the place a try. Perhaps, Chelsea, you could hunt down the owners and get some previews on some of the selections they will be offering, decor, price range of meals, etc?
Teresa Okuszka February 25, 2012 at 02:57 PM
cant wait..it sounds like it will work out well here, but some previews sounds like a great idea..i can walk there thats the best part!!
Peggy Devlin Blazewicz February 25, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Mmmm Portuguese food! Sounds wonderful!
Gustavo Brandao March 31, 2012 at 02:15 AM
COMING SOON - "Mediterranean Chateau" Portuguese, Spanish & American Cuisine. SEAFOOD: Paellas, Mariscadas, Shrimp n Garlic, Lobsters...... BBQ/GRILLED STEAKS: T-Bone, Porter House, Sirloin, Shell, Portuguese Steak... bbq chicken, bbq chicken breast, bbq beef ribs, bbq pork chops, bbq steak sandwich, bbq sausage........ PICADINHOS: w/shrimp/sausage: Pork, Beef, Chicken........ DAILY SPECIALS - FRESH HOME MADE DESSERTS...... so much much more.... and of course, the famous fresh made SANGRIA...... APPROXIMATE OPENING DATE: JULY 2012 - THANK YOU!
Jim Tobias March 31, 2012 at 09:31 AM
The Ironbound section of Matawan! I can't wait to walk there and roll home.
john April 04, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I hope they don't need any help from the borough. Need a license or a permit and your better seeing Pauly! Matawan where businesses go to die! Slugs up on a bed of salt move faster!
Tracey Failla April 04, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I hear that this will be a sister restaurant to the Ria Mar in south river, if so yum yum yummy and the sangria is to die for.
Nicole Nunes June 14, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I am a 32 yr old Portuguese female who is looking to work Part Time as a bartender. I have contacted Ria Mar, as I knw this owner was the silent partner there, but I was not able to get in touch with anyone. I live in Malboro, about 7 minutes away from the Restaurant. I speak Portuguese as well and am VERY familiar with a lot of the dishes described above. Please email me if you are hiring, nickinunes39@hotmail.com Thank You!
Paul M July 17, 2012 at 01:45 PM
While construction has been going on for a couple of weeks, finally the "Charlie Brown's" sign has come off the front and a new "Mediterranean Chateau" sign in its place, as well as a more visible 'Coming Soon Portuguese Restuarant' sign.
fcb July 29, 2012 at 11:36 PM
The Mediterean Chateau's renovations is taking a little longer than expected due to the condition it was in. Therefore, unfortunately it will not be open in July. It is expected to be open by the end of August or beginning of September. :-)
Carol K September 13, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Drove by today and it is still not open, but a lot of trucks in the parking lot so I am guessing it will be soon - cannot wait!!!!
d de oliveira September 15, 2012 at 05:43 PM
The Henry Hudson bike trail is right in front of the resturant. I bike every day and I make it a habit to check the sign outside to see if it is open. It is still under construction.
Trish October 06, 2012 at 01:47 AM
I would love to have my daughters birthday dinner here. Does anyone have any idea when this restaurant will open for business?
Ginger Lazzaro November 18, 2012 at 01:13 AM
It opened yesterday :)
Deanna November 18, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Any one know their contact info? Would like to call them to order some food.
lisa November 22, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Just saw this place today.. Anyone have any reviews ? Meal suggestions?

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