Well known as the former owners of the Knife and Fork in Atlantic City, the Latz family’s first foray into the restaurant industry was in Somers Point.
You might be surprised to hear Andrew Latz refer to his new Somers Point restaurant as a “return to Bay Avenue.”
After all, the Latz family owned and operated Atlantic City’s best-known upscale destination eatery, the Knife and Fork Inn, from 1927 through 2005.
What you probably don’t know is this: Prior to their stewardship of the only property at the angled intersection of Atlantic and Pacific Avenues in Atlantic City, they ran another entity called Latz’ Inn here at 800 Bay Avenue — just across the street from their new digs — from 1918 until 1942.
Several different menus from Latz’s of that time hang prominently over a first-floor fireplace in this location, formerly Amor, Felicity’s and most notably, Hatteras. They attest to a bygone era of American dining, featuring entrees like panned Somers Point fish, Maryland chicken with fried peaches and broiled jumbo squab with orange surprise, all priced under $2.
Andrew, along with wife Adrienne, literally stumbled into this opportunity. Walking after a Bay Avenue brunch outing last spring, they noticed a sign indicating the real estate’s availability. Latz’ bright blue eyes light up describing that epiphany, calling it, “Sort of like Miracle on 34th Street.”
And so, in that moment, Latz’s By the Bay was born.
After several months of negotiation, they eventually acquired the property mid August and opened doors a little over two weeks ago. That process was accelerated because Andrew already had a chef in mind, Georgeann Leaming, whom he worked with at Showboat for several years.
Leaming, a Woodstown native, is a graduate of Mays Landing’s Academy of Culinary Arts. She also previously owned a catering business in Vineland. Most important, Leaming brought sensibilities that echoed and meshed well with Latz’s. They define their concept as using sustainable seafood, organics and locally grown products to the greatest degree possible. This is readily apparent from their bill of fare, which goes so far as to provide customers with a detailed directory of many sources.
Andrew elaborates “I think sustainability is a growing market segment. We’re at the right place at the right time for using those resources.”
Asked about favorites, Andrew mentions Loch Duart Scottish salmon. Pan seared and served with cardamom scented basmati rice it gets finished via a lime-ginger beurre blanc. His chef favors the scallops, five U-10 day boat bivalves drizzled with a Meyer lemon vinaigrette and accompanied by a warm red lentil salad with fava beans.
Adrienne raves about the Berkshire Farms pork chop, marinated with an herbal blend of thyme, chives and basil. Grilled, it rides with sautéed sweet and hot peppers and a fig/apple glace.
The building itself, which had fallen into disrepair, has been invigorated as well. Outside, earthy tones of pale green and olive beckon. Within, a beachy, white theme breathes energy and life into a room already possessing a sweeping bay view. The second-floor space, smaller with skylights and plenty of privacy, instantly becomes a desirable, romantic dining spot.
Walls in both rooms feature rotating works of art from nearby Great Bay Gallery, available for purchase by customers.
Seating just over eighty, Latz’s overall atmosphere is quite intimate, or, as Andrew characterizes it “A fresh Cape May-style BYOB that will appeal to customers from Longport, Margate and Ventnor.”
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Harvest Market on Route 9 vends sandwiches, pizzas, grilled items, salads and extraordinary baked goods — specifically, bagels. Big, puffy rounds in about a half dozen varieties, including an absolutely out-of-this-world sunflower seed version that you are unlikely to encounter at many other places.
The Somers Point Restaurant Week began Nov. 4 and concludes Nov. 13. If you haven’t yet taken advantage of the special dining event featuring $25.07 three-course dinners and $11.07 three-course lunches, you still have a few more days to go.
Spearheaded by Nick Regine, community projects coodinator for the Somers Point Business Association, the promotion runs a full seven days from Monday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Oct. 24.
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