Locals can’t help but notice all the cars coming into town these past few weekends. “You still have to keep the distance. So we just ordered glass to keep between the booths so we can seat every booth. And hopefully that brings back more,” said Owner Ginny Tiniakos. “I was at the traffic light, and I couldn’t believe the number of cars going by,” said Don Devlin of Ocean City.
The Windjammer Diner in Somers Point is a staple for locals but also welcomes crowds of visitors in the summer. “It’ll hold about 32 people and it’ll be used constantly all summer. Last year was incredible,” said Liccio.
Owners say the past few weekends they’ve had lines of people waiting for tables. Now, a tent in the back is on a raised platform, and it is equipped with lights, heaters, and speakers.
Now they’re seeing steady business, and are excited for the summer ahead. “A lot of people have relocated here from New York and Philadelphia and, in turn, our winter business has increased. So it’s been good,” said Young. “It’s an outdoor sport, you’re socially distanced. People are doing it as families. We have whole families coming in buying boards,” said Owner Randy Young.
When Heritage Surf and Sport in Margate couldn’t open their doors last spring, they still sold plenty of surfboards with curbside pickup. Shops are getting ready, too.
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