Hooked Cafe was hatched by Johnny And Peggy Reilly and their 3 daughters. Johnny is a Jersey Shore local—a born and raised clam digger. He worked on the local party boats such as the Lenny, Big Marie S, Miss Belmar Princess and the Skylarker. Peggy originally hails from Northwest Jersey but after coming to Belmar in her early 20’s, she never left. She learned everything about the food business from working at Jesse’s Cafe in Long Branch.
Johnny and Peggy got that once-in-a lifetime chance to own Hooked Cafe, formerly the Express Station, and jumped at the opportunity! They both love the hospitality business and serving people delicious, fresh homemade food!
We’re open very early at 5:30am—sometimes before the sun rises.
Even though summer is our busy season, we love our year round patrons and commuters who have become our regulars and friends. We love meeting many new people and adding them to the long list of customers we call “family.”