Pisces Seafood Restaurant in Toms River is under new ownership

Allenhurst-based Bielat Santore & Co. on Wednesday said Pisces Seafood Restaurant in Toms River was sold to local business owner and entrepreneur, Chris Garbooshian, for an undisclosed price.

Garbooshian purchased Gregory’s Seafood in Manchester through Bielat Santore sales agent Robert Gillis in April. Gllis was also instrumental in procuring Pisces owners Bob and John Kurzynowski, who were contemplating retirement after operating the iconic Route 37 seafood restaurant and market since 1976. Gillis was able to negotiate terms agreeable to all parties, and the transaction closed Nov. 10.

Although the name will change to the “Ocean Fresh Seafood Restaurant and Market,” Garbooshian’s plan is to continue the high standard set by the Kurzynowskis of offering only quality fresh and cooked fish and shellfish. He even plans to retain many of the current employees.

The restaurant is strategically positioned at the base of the Tunney Bridge on Route 37 West leaving Seaside. Perfect for serving Toms River proper as well as the throngs of beach goers leaving the beach areas in the summer months.

In addition to both indoor and outdoor seating, one conceptual change will be to emphasize and expand the take-out service offering “grab-n-go” fish baskets, platters and sandwiches. Perfect for those heading west after a day at the beach. Rest assured, Ocean Fresh will continue to offer only the best in “everything seafood”; fish; shrimp; clams; lobsters; crabs; broiled dinners; fried platters and sandwiches; delicious soups; and salads to the entire Toms River area.

The restaurant will remain open during renovations, which will be easily facilitated since the new owner also owns CG Landscaping & Solar and the Shore House Coastal Home Décor & Gifts. Once complete, there will be an expansion of the current limited hours of operation offered.