A Christmas tradition like no other: Hundreds enjoy free meals, kids meet Santa at Asbury Park restaurant
The Santos Family of Asbury park leaves the Lagosta Lounge with free Christmas dinner, presents and other staples on a rainy Christmas Day in Asbury Park.

Marilyn Schlossbach, hands wrapped around a cup of coffee, sat at a windowfront table at Langosta Lounge overlooking the Asbury Park boardwalk. Schlossbach, owner of six Jersey Shore restaurants, talked about the band that had canceled its show at Langosta the night before due to COVID concerns and that she would close her restaurant until New Year’s Eve for the same reason. “I’m tired,’' she said with a wan smile. “The last two years have really beaten us up. Right now, it’s triage, holding on for dear life, waiting to get to the other side.’' COVID and the new Omicron variant have caused wor...