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Tim McLoone – Founder of McLoone’s Restaurant Chain

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Tim McLoone has created a restaurant empire that all started with his love of music.

After graduating from Harvard University, McLoone decided to open his first restaurant, McLoone’s Rum Runner in Sea Bright, NJ in 1987. He not only did this to become a restaurateur, but also to establish a place for him and his musician friends to perform.

“I played in lots of bands wandering from place to place trying to get jobs, and I decided that I wanted to have one place to call my own, and my band can play there.” McLoone said.

Even with his first restaurant, McLoone felt he was missing something in his life and yearned to make a positive difference in the lives of those in need. In 1993, with the help of his friends in the music business, he founded the Holiday Express. The Holiday Express is a volunteer-based philanthropic group of over 100 professional musicians and hundreds of other volunteers who create free holiday events for 50 organizations who are the neediest between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve each year.

In 2005 McLoone decided to expand his restaurant operations and opened the first McLoone’s Pier House on the beach in the redeveloping city of Long Branch, N.J.  The success of the Pier House led to more ventures as McLoone’s Asbury Grille and Tim McLoone’s Supper Club opened on the beach in yet another re-emerging city, Asbury Park, in 2008.  McLoone wanted to help his community as well as pick great locations for his restaurants.

“If our going there was 1/10th of 100 percent helping that town come back, we wanted to do it. We wanted to be part of bringing it back!” McLoone said.

McLoone’s success wasn’t without heartache, and when his son Jack, was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of nine, McLoone and his wife put everything on hold to focus on their son.

“None of us were really prepared for that. You know when you have a child that has leukemia the saying becomes that when one person in your family has cancer of any type…everyone has cancer, and it’s true,” McLoone said.

Jack eventually recovered and is in remission today.

With Jack in recovery, McLoone continued to focus on building his restaurants. He was concerned that having too many of them would force people to think they were a chain.

“I don’t want it to be the exact same food at a location in Nebraska. We want each of our places to have its own flavor literally,” McLoone said.

Over the years, McLoone has seen much success. His first restaurant, McLoone’s Rum Runner, has heard the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny, and Bob Bandiera. Holiday Express has achieved national acclaim from their appearances at the Rockefeller Center Tree Lightings, and the “Today Show” on NBC-TV, as well as their trip to the Gulf after Hurricane Katrina.

Though McLoone does enjoy spending more time at home with his wife and children, he is still looking towards the future with his restaurants.

“People who complain about the restaurant business should not be in the restaurant business,” McLoone said.

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