Complementing their exceptional Italian restaurant and low-key sandwich shop, John and Joanne Liccio are bringing Margate a casual seafood establishment.
Johnny Liccio is a rather busy guy these days.
Already running a pair of successful Margate eateries — an eponymous full-service restaurant and an authentic south Philly style corner sandwich stand — along with wife, Joanne, the duo now counts the days until a third complementary food enterprise joins their family’s portfolio.
That property, formerly Fedeli’s Italian restaurant at 9403 Ventnor Ave. in Margate, expects to debut by Halloween.
Shuckers Bar and Grille, the name chosen, pretty much sums up the concept too. In case that shellfish-related verbiage was lost on you, Liccio elaborates.
“What I wanted was a very casual beach bar,” he says. “Something the island needs — a seashore seafood restaurant.”
The physical space, completely redone in the last three months, now offers a comfy, beachy atmosphere. Soft tones of pale white and pastel blue within soothe, while a rugged gray slate exterior face seems ideally suited for these often-harsh environs.
Appropriately enough, Shuckers menu will focus on raw bar products — oysters, clams, shrimp and crab — along with a variety of other seafood. It will also feature a large blackboard directory of food additions and unique brews at the rear of the central bar.
“I want people to come off the beach with sand on their toes, have a draught beer and eat whatever they want, all day long,” he says.
Included will be traditional local standards like steamed clams and sautéed mussels, along with a house signature, the Jersey shore lobster bake, loaded with red bliss potatoes, corn, shrimp, clams and lobster, and served in an individual kettle.
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