Source: USA TODAY.
BRIGANTINE, N.J. — After nearly 80 years, superstorm Sandy may have finally brought last call to the Rod & Reel.
A working man’s tavern in this quiet island just north of Atlantic City, “The Rod” opened soon after the repeal of Prohibition — the original liquor license dates to 1936. It has survived countless hurricanes as well as gentrification and a down economy.
“It looks like there’s no amount of cleaning and minor repairs that’s going to get anything done,” said Tom Devine, 50, whose home next door also flooded, as did many in this bedroom community. “It’s suffered a few storms, but this may be the one that’s the end.”