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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mediterranean Chateau to Replace Charlie Brown's in Matawan

The Asbury Park Press for 22 Feb 2012, page B3, includes an article that says that Charlie Brown's will soon become a Portuguese restaurant called Mediterranean Chateau. It is slated to open in a few weeks. The transfer of Charlie Brown's liquor license and plenary retail consumption license was approved at the Tuesday evening meeting of Matawan Borough Council.

The corporation is owned by Jose Barreiro of Sayreville.  Barreiro co-founded the successful Ria Bar Restaurant and Bar in South River in 1987. Check out the many awards and favorable reviews at the Ria Bar's news and events page.

UPDATE (23 July 2012): Mediterranean Chateau is tentatively set to open in mid-August or early September.

UPDATE (1 August 2012): I drove by yesterday and saw a stucco contractor working on the facade of the place. Definitely moving along but it looks like a few more weeks to go.

UPDATE (7 August 2012): Photo - Still under construction but nearly done.

UPDATE (24 November 2012) The restaurant finally opened on 16 November. There is a Facebook page but no webpage that I can find. See my recent article for link.


  1. I can't wiat till the restaurant opens. I met Jose and family when i went to the Ria Mar and they make you feel right at home. I'm confident they will do the same here and there food and sangria is the best.

  2. Can't wait for them to open. Jose is a great guy and I wish success for him and his sons with the new restaurant

  3. COMING SOON - "Mediterranean Chateau" Portuguese, Spanish & American Cuisine. SEAFOOD: Paellas, Mariscadas, Shrimp n Garlic, Lobsters...... BBQ/GRILLED STEAKS: T-Bone, Porter House, Sirloin, Shell, Portuguese Steak... bbq chicken, bbq chicken breast, bbq beef ribs, bbq pork chops, bbq steak sandwich, bbq sausage........ PICADINHOS: w/shrimp/sausage: Pork, Beef, Chicken........ DAILY SPECIALS - FRESH HOME MADE DESSERTS...... so much much more.... and of course, the famous fresh made SANGRIA......

  4. The new owners have put up Mediterranean Chateau signage at the old Charlie Brown's and are estimating an opening in mid-August or early September. They acquired a liquor license a couple of months ago. I look forward to the opening.

  5. When is the Grand Opening?

    1. I drove by on Saturday morning and they still aren't open. Quite a few of what looked like contractors' pickup trucks in the lot. Could be endless difficulties with meeting the needs of borough inspectors. Papa Ganache finally opened on Main Street, so hope springs eternal for Med Chateau.