All through the pandemic, we heard countless stories of businesses folding and closing up shop.  Restaurants specifically were hit especially hard.  Not being able to survive the lockdown and shelter in place rules stemming from the coronavirus.

It’s a sad shame when you hear of family-owned operations that have been in existence in many Jersey Shore communities for generations are forced to either sell their business or simply close their doors for good.

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Thankfully as much as there are many establishments that were faced with that fate, there is an equal amount, if not more of establishments that survived.

Thank goodness for that.

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I heard about this one situation in Asbury Park.  The LGBTQ community was hit with similar news of the closing to one of its popular gathering spots, Hotel Tides.

The Tides Hotel has been a landmark on 7th Ave in Asbury Park since 1886.  Originally named St. Laurent Hotel, and eventually renamed Hotel Tides, the comfortable destination spot was considered a luxury hotel during the early days.

As the renaissance of Asbury Park began, in the early 2000s, Hotel Tides followed suit and began its transformation.  Born out of this new direction, was a notable expansion of the gay community.

That diversity began to find togetherness and kindship at a newly renovated Hotel Tides.  Renovations that continued to keep the preservation of Asbury Park's history.

For 12 years now, the Tides Hotel has been managed by Ryan Jimenez, who posted this heartwarming message on their Facebook page...

According to the Asbury Park Press, the Hotel has been looking for new owners since last year.  The price tag, a little over $4 million.

No word on what the new owners' plans are moving forward.

I guess we will wait and see.

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