Sorry to get your hopes up but looks like Cracker Barrel won't be coming to Monmouth County.

A proposal was originally submitted to put a 7,180 square-foot restaurant in the Freehold Marketplace Shopping Center on West Main Street connecting to two other adjacent restaurants, Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse.

Unfortunately, there supposedly has been a resolution of denial that is the process of being drafted by an attorney.

However, it doesn't seem to be the food that is turning people off with the new addition, but the building's design that has people hesitant to give the approval. This would change the entire plaza's structure and requires Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse to get on board with the plan.

Planning Board member explains that despite others' doubts, he thinks that adding a Cracker Barrel would be beneficial for Freehold. 

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"I have to believe that this is a benefit ... to have something a little different from the usual Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants and stuff like that," said Bruno at the meeting.

In addition, a typical Cracker Barrel starts with 160 employees upon its opening which then dwindles down to 120 employees, but will offer locals another place of employment.

My motto? The more variety the better.

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