The recent breaking news from Neptune City that there’s a redevelopment plan that has surfaced for the area near the Route 35 bridge had gotten us nostalgic for all the good times we had at the Headliner Nightclub over the years. If the plan comes to pass, the Headliner Nightclub would be razed to make way for a new hotel/restaurant/condo complex.
The redevelopment plan includes knocking down The Headliner Nightclub (now also known as the Oasis Pool and Day Club) along with the Sunsets Restaurant and the Neptune Motor Lodge. In those businesses’ places would be the new complex which would include what’s being described as a “high-end hotel”, condominium units, and a restaurant.
The current motel has not been in operation since a wind storm ripped the roof off the building. That wind storm spread roofing debris around the surrounding area and neighborhood and allowed rain to ruin the business. The building is an eyesore and in desperate need of something, anything, to make the area acceptable.
Hey, lets be honest for a second, that motel was an eyesore even before the wind storm blew through. No offense, but the clientele at that motel wasn’t the greatest, the parking lot activity questionable, and I didn’t have to walk inside to get the feeling that housekeeping wasn’t a very common activity.
But, time out for one other second… I have had TONS of experience at The Headliner Nightclub. Long before the Oasis Pool part was added, The Rat Pack hung out there all-the-freaking-time. We did grand prize giveaways for awesome contests there. We crowned a few Rat Rock Girls at The Headliner, our Friday Happy Hour live broadcasts with Jimmy Steal are legendary! From football Sunday to their great Halloween parties, the Headliner was a great party spot! (And still will be until this deal is done.)
And let’s not forget the WRAT sand volleyball team which won and lost many a championship on those Headliner sand volleyball courts. Those Wednesday night volleyball matchups were legendary! Battling it out on the court and then toasting the competition at the bar afterwards makes for some of my favorite memories ever!
So, I went through The Rat’s picture archive and found some great old-school pictures from the many parties that we did at The Headliner. See if you recognize yourself or any of your crew!