Posted on: 02-13-20
Excitement abounds at Fort Monmouth with a number of hip and new lifestyle amenities gearing up to debut in the months ahead. Topping the list is one of the most highly-anticipated recreation and social facilities - The Alley at the Fort, a luxury entertainment center being created in the renovated Fort Monmouth Bowling Center.
Mikaela Milano, and partners Greg Milano, Jim Wassel and Vince Gifford are targeting an early fall opening for The Alley at the Fort, which will feature bowling, bocce, billiards, shuffleboard, indoor and outdoor dining, nightlife and private events.
“We want the bowling alley to be more than just a bowling alley, especially for residents in the fort,” Mikaela explained. “The restaurant will have a separation from the lanes and will boast a ‘bar food done right’ style menu so that residents can come eat and not bowl, or vice versa. We are looking to create a center for entertainment and socializing.”
Mikaela Milano currently operates another family business in Red Bank, 26 West on the Navesink. Once the Alley is all set to open, she will be stepping back from the restaurant to oversee the bowling alley and then eventually move to run both simultaneously.
Her partners include, her father, Greg Milano, who has a background in construction throughout Monmouth and Ocean County, Jim Wassel who is an established Real Estate Investor and consultant, and Vince Gifford who has spent many years investing in areas like Asbury Park and Red Bank.
“Fort Monmouth is such a unique location and business opportunity. Located in an area where it is so highly developed and land is so expensive, Fort Monmouth is a virtually undeveloped blank canvas,” said Mikaela. “The potential for the next few years is crazy. With all of the homes, schools, and other businesses going in there is no way that the area will not be booming!”
Partner, Jim Wassel, had been looking into the fort and the opportunities available there and brought the deal to Vince Gifford, who got the Milano’s involved. Growing up in Toms River, Mikaela had always driven by and recognized the potential at Fort Monmouth, so she was thrilled to join the effort.
“In the future I think Fort Monmouth is going to be huge; the development happening here is like nothing else around,” said Mikaela. “There are other areas like Long Branch seeing major development now, but the location and plans for the Fort are completely different. There’s already a school, college satellite campus, hundreds of homes, a gym, and so much more coming in. Fort Monmouth will become the hub for activity in the area within the next few years.”
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