Local real estate developer Chris Glancey fell in love with Sea Isle City as a 14-year-old kid washing dishes on the island. Since then, he’s climbed Kilimanjaro, broken down in the middle of the Serengeti and narrowly avoided a mudslide in Costa Rica. Despite all these travels, this place still has his heart -- he’s been creating memories here for 32 years.

To bring you Beachwood at the Dunes -- whose mission is sharing the love with a new generation of island visitors -- Chris has partnered with Buenos Aires-born executive chef and avid surfer Lucas Manteca as well as designer Deanna Ebner of the Bread and Butter Hospitality Group. This is the dynamic creative team behind some of the area’s most acclaimed restaurants: Quahog’s Seafood Shack in Stone Harbor, The Red Store in Cape May Point, and the Taco Shop at Cape May Airport.


The Beachwood space -- as vibrant, buzzy and relaxing as the barrier island it’s on -- offers a modern, shore-chic vibe with numerous options for dining. For nibbling on share plates or enjoying an inventive cocktail, there’s the casual-but-sophisticated bar area complete with globe lighting and a glass wall that opens accordion style whenever weather permits. An additional, a-la-carte dining room accommodates those who’d prefer a cozy booth or, perhaps, an inviting counter seat overlooking real-time oyster shucking and a wood-burning grill that smells of crackling cedar logs. Finally, a mellow lounge space -- the only of its kind at Townsends Inlet -- offers cushy sofas into which adults can sink with a plate of small bites or a glass of wine while kids (or kids at heart) discover games nearby.


No matter where on the premises you choose to drink and dine, expect scratch-made comfort food that’s fresh, simple and worth celebrating. We’re happy to recommend a beverage for toasting…