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Homesick opens in former Brickwall Tavern space in Asbury Park NJ

Earlier this month, a new restaurant quietly opened on Asbury Park’s busy Cookman Avenue.

Homesick, next to Toast, is the newest venture from hospitality group Smith, which owns the city’s Pascal & Sabine and Porta, as well as a second Porta in Jersey City. The Homesick space was previously occupied by Smith restaurant Brickwall Tavern, which closed in December after 15 years in business.

Brickwall Tavern in Burlington City, which opened in 2015, closed in July. 

“When we closed in December, honestly, we were focused on the future,” said Mark Hinchliffe of Smith. “We weren’t in a place of, ‘Let’s open a new restaurant.’ We were in survival mode of making everything work.”

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Homesick has replaced Brickwall Tavern on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park.

Work on Homesick began in April, and the restaurant opened June 3. And while it may be new, the idea for Homesick has been a long time coming, Hinchliffe said.

“It was kind of the first original idea before we opened any restaurant,” he said. “It was an idea and a branding that we’ve been thinking about the last 15-plus years. It’s kind of our first inspiration.”