The Loving Hut (same strip mall as Shanghai Bun) is now the Vegan Tree. Probably the same menu, but the name is clearly more descriptive.
McDonald’s on Route 34 is being “renovated”, by which is meant they have leveled it to the ground and are rebuilding it entirely. According to centraljersey.com, it will “have a fresh look and feature technology enhancements such as digital menu boards and kiosks, as well as table service for dine-in guests.”
The old KFC is being worked on, but no clue as to what it will become.
Kicky’s has moved south of Lloyd Road, into the strip mall behind the strip mall that is visible on the west side of the road. The old location is still vacant.
As noted elsewhere, Chicken Holiday’s Filipino offerings are few and far between (as in, need to be ordered in advance). Their chicken isn’t bad, and their fries infinitely better than the ones we got at JSBBQ in East Brunswick.
In downtown Matawan, work is happening again on the hole in the ground across from Cafe Fabian. (This is the spot that used to have a C-Town supermarket with a leaning towards Hispanic foods. The Santamaria bodega is still there at least.) What is happening seems to be mostly really loud jackhammering; no idea what will be there; the latest I heard was a C-Town (?) on the ground floor and residential above).
Still nothing happening with the old Aby’s location.
Not in Matawan, but along Route 516 in Old Bridge, the Subway that had opened in the new retail/apartment building across from the animal hospital has closed. This will probably not encourage new eateries to open in that location.