Cape May Restaurant Face Lifts 2017

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Cape May, NJ -  It’s been a busy winter for restaurant renovations in Cape May.  Here are a couple of bits of news:

The Mad Batter on Jackson Street is right in the the middle of a big front porch redo.  Next winter, there will be heated floors which means  – yes, the porch will become a  year round dining destination. Come summer,  you can sit on the porch in air conditioned comfort.

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At the same time, expect some changes – and more music – in the bar area.  The dining tables in the room next to the bar are going away.  In their place will be a long bar with stools on one side and high topped tables on the other side. So much better for bar ambiance.

The Mad Batter’s not the only restaurant in the middle of construction.

If you were planning to have Easter brunch at the Pier House, you better start making other plans.

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Currently, the spot at Beach and Pittsburgh Avenues that once held the Pier House is a big hole in the ground. Never fear, The Pier House will return. But, from the looks of things, it might take awhile.

On the positive side, new pilings are in place and plywood is stacked up and ready to go.

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The plan is to rebuild the restaurant at the same level as the old one, with 21 brand new hotel rooms on top. The new building will be four stories high.

While brand new construction is going on along the ocean, a restoration of sorts is taking place along the back bay.

The infamous Mayer’s Tavern is being gussied up.

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The rowdy, old time fisherman’s bar landed on one list of the top 33 dive bars in America a few years ago.  It’s tucked away on Schellenger’s Landing, near the Miss Chris Marina.  The Lobster House owners are redoing the place, but no word yet on what Mayer’s will be in its next life.

The spanking new metal roof  is almost in place and there are fancy new front doors. Mayer’s might not make the new dive bar list this year.mayers3

Also check out the story about the new Taco Bar that’s now open at the Cape May Airport.

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Jane Kashlak is a journalist, a gardener and a Cape Island resident. She's also Cape May Times' photographer. She founded Cape May Times after a long and lively career in TV news.