Executive Chef Meg Lamanna embarked on her culinary career at age 19 when she enrolled in culinary school in Asbury Park, NJ. Her working experience includes kitchen roles at Tao, New York City and Bonefish Grill, Brick NJ. Upon finishing CED in Asbury, the young chef worked at various popular Jersey Shore steakhouses and bistros honing her skills and learning the craft of fine cooking.
In 2012, Meg’s family opened 709 restaurant in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, a location she would call home in the succeeding three years. During this period, she worked toward and received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and business from Georgian Court University as a precursor for her plans to one day start her own business.
Eager to learn about different cuisines and an elevated level of cooking, Meg relocated to Miami where she worked at triple five-star rated LaMar by Gaston Acurio, Quality Meats of Miami, and two time James Beard award winning chef Michelle Berstein’s, Cena. She later opened her own restaurant, The Garden, a small café offering local, seasonal, and organic small plates.
In Spring 2017, Meg returned home to New Jersey and recently partnered with Stephen Valentine to bring Point Pleasant's 709 into the B2 Bistro + Bar family.
About 709: Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Dine, Drink, and Relax in Style
Come and indulge yourself in our casual yet sophisticated mahogany wood bar, candlelit dining room, and stone fireplace decorated with colorful mounts of locally caught fish. We are located in the heart of town with plenty of shopping, antique shops to meander in and where the beach is only a hop, skip and a jump away. Mesmerize yourself with our bubble walls which separate the bar and dining room. Relax at the bar and enjoy the entertainment on our 12 televisions .And of course, be sure to sample our hand-crafted cocktails and extensive wine list. As for dining, 709 offers a wide array of amazing dishes including fresh seafood, succulent steaks, a variety of pastas, classic burgers, and gourmet pizzas. Our food menus are kid friendly too!
709’s vibe is upbeat and we are a popular year-round dining destination for local Jersey Shore residents. We welcome you to visit us and enjoy your next lunch, dinner, or business meeting here. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Our private dining space, “The Living Room”, accommodates up to 110 guests. This fabulous room provides access to our veranda through a wall of French Doors. The veranda is open for lunch and dinner (or just a cocktail if that's what you're in the mood for) during the summer months when the private room is not in use. The Living Room is an outstanding choice for weddings, birthday parties, social and celebratory events, business meetings/conferences, and so on.
Our catering specialist will help you select the perfect menu, table décor, and required service for your event. Our executive chef and the 709 culinary team will create a customized menu of coastal cuisine and authentic sushi that is sure to make your event memorable. And of course, our hospitable and fun bartenders can create those breezy coastal cocktails that bring everything together for a perfect occasion.
Contact our private events team at 732-295-0709 or send us an email with notes about your event to see how we can help you plan your next event.