Sea Gulls' Nest Restaurant On Sandy Hook Is Not Re-Opening

The restaurant was damaged in Hurricane Sandy in Oct. 2012, and despite the efforts of its owners, has been shuttered ever since. Share your memories.

Ed Segall, the face of the popular Sea Gulls' Nest, led patriotic observances at sunset. Photo: Steve Rogers for Patch
Ed Segall, the face of the popular Sea Gulls' Nest, led patriotic observances at sunset. Photo: Steve Rogers for Patch
The popular longtime outdoor eatery on Sandy Hook known as Sea Gulls' Nest will not re-open, according to Daphne Yun, a spokesperson for Gateway National Recreation Area.  

Patch has confirmed the report, posted yesterday on HighlandsBlog.

An appreciation of the Sea Gulls' Nest -- its overpriced hot dogs, breathtaking views and sense of belonging -- has been posted by Art Gallagher on his site, MoreMonmouthMusings. "The Sea Gull’s Nest, Eddie, his wife Natalie, daughter Tina Cros, and son Scott will long be remembered for the special experiences they provided so many at Sandy Hook," wrote Gallagher. 

The Sea Gulls' Nest was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012 and has remained closed since. Yet, locals held onto hope for its re-opening. But an article in the New York Times in August, 2013 revealed the huge mountain of difficulties and red tape the Segall family was battling.  

For many, the Sea Gulls' Nest was a casual place to satisfy hunger and have a cold drink with family and friends after a day of swimming, sunning, fishing or biking. Others were moved by Ed Segall's unique tradition of leading patrons in a nightly patriotic observance as the sun set to the song God Bless America. 

What will you miss? Share your thoughts in the comments. 

jerseygal May 31, 2014 at 03:19 PM
yes. Good point. I am aware of all that, of course. Ily thing I really don't know is if the food trucks went through a bid process or not. that would be and interesting answers to find out.
William May 31, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Jerseygal they may already be under some sort of contract already. But I will call Gateway park in NY. And sandy Hook. watch for answer
Tom Cannon June 01, 2014 at 10:37 AM
I worked for ed in summers,1966,67,68,,we made 87 cents per hour,it was a state park back then,loads of fun,thanks,tom cannon,ithaca,ny


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