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Former Coral Reef Property Now Under Contract; It Was Listed for Sale at $699,900 – Liquor License Included

The Coral Reef was a well-known nightspot that was destroyed by fire on August 1, 2004.

The property that used to be the site of the Coral Reef restaurant/nightclub in Bellmawr is now under contract.

The property, located at 317 S. Black Horse Pike was listed for sale at $699,900, liquor license included. Annual taxes are $15,042.

This is a developing story and we will follow along and update as information becomes available.

According to the listing:

+/- 1 acre of property located on heavily traveled Black Horse Pike. This site is ideally located right off of the New Jersey Turnpike, Exit 3. Sale also includes a plenary consumption liquor license. The possibilities for this site are endless. Property is ideally suited for restaurant/fast food, possible hotel/motel, retail uses, etc. The property also benefits from a rather large parking easement area affording the user additional space for parking turn-around, etc. All utilities are available.

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The property is listed with Ray Piccolo Realty Inc. (856) 228-5353

Remembering the Coral Reef

The Coral Reef was a well-known nightspot that was destroyed by fire on August 1, 2004.

A story about the fire was posted on

Fire ripped through a well-known nightspot on the Black Horse Pike yesterday, destroying the Coral Reef Restaurant & Lounge and narrowly missing two motels.

Crews received the first call shortly after 3 a.m. while about 75 patrons and employees were inside the Coral Reef, Bellmawr Fire Chief Jim Burleigh said.

No one was seriously injured, although some of the more than 150 firefighters who had responded from dozens of municipalities became ill from the four-alarm blaze’s intense heat.

Credit: Gregory Taylor (YouTube)

On his podcast, “A DJ’s Life”, DJ Sly Bri dedicated an episode to the Coral Reef.

In the episode description, he wrote:

The Coral Reef is gone, but certainly not forgotten. It burned down on August 1, 2004. This place deserves to be remembered and honored, and on this podcast I do just that. This volume is dedicated to the owners, managers, and bartenders at the Coral Reef, who treated me like family and forgave my immaturity numerous times, just like a family does. It is also dedicated to the hundreds of great people I met working there and the many fine bands I had the pleasure of working with. I miss “the Reef.” So do countless others.

You can listen to the podcast here:

Some photos of the Coral Reef credit: Haddonfield United (Facebook).

Article originally posted on February 6, 2022; Updated on May 7, 2022 at 6:15 p.m.

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