While many beach town bars and restaurants have closed up shop for the season, Buckalew’s Restaurant has been busy gearing up for their upcoming months.

They’ve rotated their craft beer line, swapping out the summer ales for Tommyknocker Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale, they’ve booked their live entertainment through the fall and winter and they’ve thought up some great football season specials, including free game-time giveaways and $3 Monday Miller Light pints in keepsake pilsner glasses.

“It’s odd for a place like Buckalew’s to be open year-round,” manager Judy Millar says.

But the rarity is what encouraged its owners, Jay and Lyn Cranmer, to do just that, she says.

Buckalew’s is located on Long Beach Island in Beach Haven, and the Cranmers are lifelong islanders. They purchased the iconic 1874-built building in 1995 and opened the tavern-type restaurant in 1996. Buckalew’s executive chef, Allan Menegus, bought a part in the business about a decade ago.

The goal for Buckalew’s was to have a place for the community to go to year-round without having to leave their island, Millar says. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and late-night drinks and entertainment.

“The only day we close is Christmas,” she says.

Millar describes Buckalew’s as a family-friendly restaurant during the day and a tavern at night.

The menu is extensive and eclectic, she says, “from steaks and chops to a lot of local seafood and sushi and traditional comfort foods, like homemade tomato pie, chicken pot pie and 8-ounce black angus burgers.”

The menu also includes a lot of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options to meet the customers’ special dietary needs. Popular performers to play at Buckalew’s include Mike Byrne, The Jodi Josph Band, Dan Brown, Ted Hammock, The Kootz and many more.

Upcoming performances:

Offseason live entertainment takes place on Fridays and Saturdays at about 9 p.m., with daily entertainment in the summer. On stage this Friday is Chris Gustelli and on Saturday is Dave Weber. The September entertainment lineup can be found on its website.

Full-stocked bar:

When it comes to what to drink, Buckalew’s has you covered.

Buckalew’s Restaurant features more than 20 beers on tap, including an extensive and rotating line of craft beers — some house favorites include Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Allagash White — and imported beers including Guinness, Harps and Smithwick’s.

The bar also features an award-winning wine list and, new this summer, a hard apple cidar on tap, which is basically a “delicious beer-y apple juice,” Millar says. The cidar is also gluten-free.

Buckalew’s Restaurant is currently planning beer and wine dinner pairings for the fall and winter, which will be announced on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

By ELISA LALA

At The Shore

While many beach town bars and restaurants have closed up shop for the season, Buckalew’s Restaurant has been busy gearing up for their upcoming months.

They’ve rotated their craft beer line, swapping out the summer ales for Tommyknocker Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale, they’ve booked their live entertainment through the fall and winter and they’ve thought up some great football season specials, including free game-time giveaways and $3 Monday Miller Light pints in keepsake pilsner glasses.

“It’s odd for a place like Buckalew’s to be open year-round,” manager Judy Millar says.

But the rarity is what encouraged its owners, Jay and Lyn Cranmer, to do just that, she says.

Buckalew’s is located on Long Beach Island in Beach Haven, and the Cranmers are lifelong islanders. They purchased the iconic 1874-built building in 1995 and opened the tavern-type restaurant in 1996. Buckalew’s executive chef, Allan Menegus, bought a part in the business about a decade ago.

The goal for Buckalew’s was to have a place for the community to go to year-round without having to leave their island, Millar says. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and late-night drinks and entertainment.

“The only day we close is Christmas,” she says.

Millar describes Buckalew’s as a family-friendly restaurant during the day and a tavern at night.

The menu is extensive and eclectic, she says, “from steaks and chops to a lot of local seafood and sushi and traditional comfort foods, like homemade tomato pie, chicken pot pie and 8-ounce black angus burgers.”

The menu also includes a lot of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options to meet the customers’ special dietary needs. Popular performers to play at Buckalew’s include Mike Byrne, The Jodi Josph Band, Dan Brown, Ted Hammock, The Kootz and many more.

Upcoming performances:

Offseason live entertainment takes place on Fridays and Saturdays at about 9 p.m., with daily entertainment in the summer. On stage this Friday is Chris Gustelli and on Saturday is Dave Weber. The September entertainment lineup can be found on its website.

Vitals

What: Buckalew’s Restaurant

Where: 101 N. Bay Ave., Beach Haven, 609-492-1065

When: Offseason hours are 11 a.m. to midnight. Last dinner seating is 10 p.m.

Who: Jay and Lyn Cranmer and Allan Menegus

Website: www.buckalews.com, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @Buckalews

Other info: Credit cards accepted, handicapped accessible, free parking lot on site.

Full-stocked bar:

When it comes to what to drink, Buckalew’s has you covered.

Buckalew’s Restaurant features more than 20 beers on tap, including an extensive and rotating line of craft beers — some house favorites include Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Allagash White — and imported beers including Guinness, Harps and Smithwick’s.

The bar also features an award-winning wine list and, new this summer, a hard apple cidar on tap, which is basically a “delicious beer-y apple juice,” Millar says. The cidar is also gluten-free.

Buckalew’s Restaurant is currently planning beer and wine dinner pairings for the fall and winter, which will be announced on its Facebook and Twitter pages.