The sun rises tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 14) on the town’s next destination restaurant – Marilyn Schlossbach’s Langosta Lounge, at the Boardwalk.

Marilyn – founder of the Labrador Lounge in Normandy Beach, New Jersey and Market in the Middle on Cookman Avenue – is dedicated to ensuring her new endeavor is a 21st Century business built on a foundation of morphing benevolence and commerce into its success criteria.

“If you make your living from the environment, you must give back and take care of the environment,” said Marilyn. 

Community compassion is not an afterthought or cute public relations initiative with Marilyn and Langosta’s other owners, her husband Scott Szegeski and brother Richard Schlossbach.   

“Local kids need to be inspired and aspire and I want to do what I can,” said Marilyn.  “We will use what we have here, which includes a large commercial kitchen, to help kids see and try out new opportunities they might not otherwise be exposed to.”

Langosta Lounge will be a boardwalk anchor business serving original, seasonal cuisine and cocktails while offering diners a relaxed, escapism experience. 

“We serve ‘vacation cuisine’ here,” said Marilyn.  “Everything on the menu is influenced by Scott and my travels to places like Hawaii, Spain, Brazil and Thailand and the people we meet along the way.” 

Fall 2008 menu items – priced primarily from $15 to $25 – include: tilapia with a coconut milk green curry sauce, paella in a “not so traditional cilantro broth,” short ribs braised in chestnuts and red wine and Marilyn’s famous lobster macaroni and cheese. 

She is also bringing back the classic Pu Pu Platter as an appetizer with a “fun and kitschy assortment” of items such as coconut shrimp and chipotle turkey meatballs.

For dessert, the chocolate jalapeno banana cake is spectacular – and vegan. 

Many of the menu items are vegetarian and organic. 

The restaurant’s space is equally as compelling, featuring dynamic views of the ocean from many of its tables – some of which are made from reclaimed teak bleachers – and barstools. 

This is the place to watch storms roll in.  It’s an all-season meeting place at the beach.

Two of the nature-inspired art pieces in Langosta Lounge – “langosta” means “lobster” in Spanish, BTW – are the spectacular 25 foot reclaimed glass and wood “wave” providing a energetic backdrop for the bar and the colorful cement floor mural inspired by Marilyn’s trip to the Galapagos islands. 

“I wanted this place to have a history and story from the beginning,” said Marilyn.  “And to be groovy and suave.”

For the moment, Langosta Lounge is BYOB.  The beautiful 35 foot bar will be serving, shortly, a recession-friendly priced, quality wine list. 

A restaurant that makes the sunset as exciting as the sunrise in Asbury Park…fabulosa! 

Briefly:  Ocean Township High School’s West Park Players are back with Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge,” directed by the wonderful Bob Angelini, Thursday Nov. 20 to Saturday Nov. 22.  Call: 732.531.5650.

And, do you know someone local who selflessly is giving back to the community?  Tell me.