SEA ISLE CITY – Demolition of the Springfield Inn began Monday to make way for an outdoor restaurant that is slated to open by Memorial Day.
The restaurant’s owners, GMH Restaurant Holdings III LLC, also own The Point open-air restaurant and tiki bar at Somers Point. The plan is to replicate this restaurant and name it The Point, Sea Isle City, said Dustin Laricks, the property’s real estate broker, on Tuesday.
The open-air restaurant will have a main bar and several tiki bars scattered throughout the property. There will also be a small stage and a dance floor.
The size of the restaurant and the number of seats it will have are yet to be determined, said Gary Holloway, owner of GMH. Holloway did not want to disclose the cost of the project.
The demolition is expected to last until Friday but could extend until next week, Laricks said.
The original plans for the property included a three-story condominium / mixed-use building with a restaurant and outdoor dining terrace, a private banquet hall, four residential units and nine parking spaces.
The buyer got Coastal Area Facility Review Act permits for the site during the COVID-19 pandemic, but “then the investors pulled out and the deal fell apart,” Laricks said.
Although plans are still being finalized, Holloway said the new restaurant will be “a once in a lifetime experience.”