From Irish Pub to Coastal Eatery, The Inlet looks towards future with renovations
Almost four years after their opening, The Inlet North Wildwood is undergoing exciting renovations to aid in the rebranding of the restaurant. Starting January 25th, guests will be seated on the enclosed, heated deck while the downstairs gets a new look focusing on a seaside dining establishment.
Renovations for the property include enclosing the front patio on the corner of Walnut and Olde New Jersey with glass sliding doors, recreating the bar and adding a second bar, removing booths and focusing on tables with a few half booth options, changing light fixtures, painting and more.
Through 2020, The Inlet slowly introduced transformation from an Irish pub to a coastal themed restaurant. A new logo and branding were launched and met with great reception. Weekly specials consisted of seafood centric dishes, most that sold out weekly. Now in 2021, the restaurant and entertainment establishment hopes to bring ocean vibes off the beach and into the property. In addition to the renovations, websites and social media will drop “on olde” over the next week, rebranding the property as simply “The Inlet” or “The Inlet North Wildwood”
“When we think about what The Inlet ultimately needs to be, it’s a seaside dining and entertainment venue. Our guests love the ocean views and salt air and we want to bring that theme into our property,” said one of the owners, Puri Garzone. “Last year we focused on introducing many different seafood dishes and some new exciting plates, and this year we are going to add them to the menu alongside this new theme for the venue.”
Garzone along with partners Joe Affet and Cody Lubisky took years to develop the plan for The Inlet. Guest experience is number one, which is why The Inlet answered requests early in their start for year round happy hour and daily entertainment in season. Over the years guests have indicated they were looking for a dining experience with fresh eats and a modern vibe, now in 2021 this will be the case. In addition to guest experience, the group acknowledges the local community enjoys similar experiences.
“We have the local community in mind because we are locals,” said Garzone. “We’re not born and bred Wildwoodians, but we are locals at heart. We have our guests in mind.”
Garzone isn’t wrong about that one. He and Lubisky were raised in the summers right up the street from The Inlet on Walnut Ave, where they still own homes today. Lubisky spent his time washing dishes at the property when it was Westy’s, so he’s got a great idea of what it’s like to work at the shore. Affet has been visiting Wildwood and has worked on the island since he was a teenager. All three owners have a love for Wildwood island for decades, and they’re happy to further their investment into the community.
The Inlet is located at 101 E Walnut Ave in North Wildwood and features happy hour daily year round, breakfast and daily entertainment in season, and private events plus weddings on their deck with ocean views and fresh air. More information can be found at inletonolde.com or Facebook and Instagram