You gotta burlieve.
In the summer of 2006, they told us we were crazy to open in Asbury Park. But we did it anyway. Seven summers later, they told us we were crazy to go to Burlington. We didn't listen that time, either. Sometimes you just gotta burlieve. What can we say? We fell in love with Burlington City, a place where only the local faithful were keeping the dream alive. Right on the Delaware River, Burlington City had become more well-known for its historic past than for its ascendant future. So when the last restaurant closed on High Street, we chose to purchase the century-old Endeavor firehouse and turn it into a building of public service — a comforting place where families could get a good meal and a good drink at a fair price. We also moved here: many in Smith now call Burlington City their home. And as with any Smith project, we built this place with our own hands. Restoring the original tin ceilings, preserving the brick walls and bell, and getting the historic clock tower back in working order (garnering us the NJBIA Good Neighbor Award two years running). Our happy spot on East Union has invited some others to the street, like our friends over at Evermore Coffee. And if you're in town, don't forget to say hello to Murray at The Lily Inn. He's always ready with a hug. This is how transformation begins. Street by street. Block by block. Burlieve!