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About Bob’s Grill

The transformation of Bob’s grill as we know it today actually began in 1953. It was when Bob realized that the kitchen was too small and he wanted to expand the menu to accommodate customers that deserved a great place to have a dinner with their families. Bob’s has reinvented itself compared to selling Hot Dogs for a nickel and Hamburgers for 15 cents at his father’s concession stand.

The original concession stand was located at 9th street and the Boardwalk. The Harbaugh family lived behind the business which gave Bob Harbaugh Jr the opportunity to observe his father’s work ethics and the daily operations of running a business at a very early age.

After serving during the Korean War and returning home in Sept of 1952 Bob senior encouraged Bob Jr to operate the family beach stand located at 17th St. However after having spent four years on the OCBP at 14th St, Bob Jr was aware that the more popular beach was 14th street. Bob Jr asked his father instead to purchase the beach stand at 14th St, which he did. After, one rainy summer and very few hot dogs sold Bob Jr realized that they should be on the boardwalk where people would gather regardless of the weather. Today this is BOB’s Grill famous for breakfast. Breakfast was not always on the menu this came about when a large group of vacationers he knew asked where they could have breakfast. Well, Bob’s entrepreneurial spirit could not resist so he went in the kitchen and cooked breakfast himself. People took notice and Bob’s became the place to be for friends to meet for breakfast. If you are walking down the boardwalk in the summer you cannot miss it, the bicycles are parked everywhere in front of Bob’s, it looks more like Amsterdam.

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