The Belmar Business Partnership and Borough officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, March 31, 2018, to celebrate the grand opening of Relish Hot Dog & Sausage Co. in downtown Belmar.
In addition to members of the BBP’s Board of Trustees, the event was attended by Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, who officiated the event; Councilwoman Jennifer Nicolay; and Councilman Mark Walsifer.
The owners of Relish, Martin Birdsall and Chris Delaney, grew up in Wall Township and Avon-by-the-Sea, respectively. The entrepreneurs also own SEMGeeks, a digital marketing, design, and web development agency located at 602 Main Street in downtown Belmar.
“Relish is a culmination of the things Chris and I both loved about our past jobs at various local restaurants when we were younger,” says Birdsall. “Relish is inspired by the European street cart vendors that serve the finest food from inside a bun, and we pride ourselves on making homemade condiments in-house to complement the hot dog or sausage of your choice, or the meatless option of portobella mushroom.”
Another unique feature of the fare at Relish is the uniquely shaped bun, which is toasted on specially designed warming spikes. The choose-your-own menu also has 25 different relish and condiment selections, eight combination dogs and sausages, and a dessert dog, which is a crispy cinnamon sugar roll with cannoli cream stuffing.
“Relish is a little spot with a lot of heart,” Delaney says. “A lot of time and effort were put into this restaurant to make it a full experience for locals and seasonal tourists alike. Relish is incredibly excited to become a part of the Belmar business community. We are especially interested and looking forward to the summer season when Belmar is the most energetic and lively.”
Relish Hot Dog & Sausage Co. is located at 1303 Main Street in Belmar, New Jersey. Find Relish on Facebook at www.facebook.com/relisheats.