Shanty Restaurant Plans Expansion

Shanty Restaurant at Town Harbor as presently constructed

Shanty Restaurant at Town Harbor as presently constructed


December 30, 2013

Business has been so good at the Shanty Restaurant at the Town Harbor that they plan to expand next year.

The restaurant, which leases land from the Town of Cape Charles, has applied for permission to enclose the front entrance, add a “market” to the right of the entrance, and enclose the rear deck. The application does not state what would be sold at the “market.”

The Shanty opened for the 2012 summer season as an old-fashioned “open-air” facility, but customers quickly convinced management to install air conditioning.

Despite its popularity, the Shanty continues to close for the winter season, in company with Hotel Cape Charles, Brown Dog Ice Cream, and the Town’s public toilets.

Entrance would be enclosed as shown in sketch . . .

Entrance would be enclosed as shown in sketch

The Harbor Area Review Board will review the application at a meeting open to the public 6 p.m. Thursday, January 2, at Town Hall. An information packet including memo, photos, and architectural drawings may be viewed by clicking here.

The Harbor Area Review Board meets only when there is business to conduct, and has not convened since March. Members are Ralph Orzo (chairman), Laurie Klingel, Steve Michel, Mike Sullivan (Town Council representative), Joe Fehrer (Historic District Review Board representative), Dennis McCoy and Joan Natali (Planning Commission representatives).

Right side of building would house a "market."

. . . while right side of building would house a “market.”

Rear deck would become enclosed space

Rear deck would become enclosed space



7 Responses to “Shanty Restaurant Plans Expansion”

  1. Jim Blanchard on December 30th, 2013 9:51 am

    Congrats to the Shanty! Great to see a business grow in town.

  2. Sandy Mayer on December 30th, 2013 1:30 pm

    Go for it! We get nothing but great reports from our B&B guests. Glad you are doing well and ready for expansion.

  3. Pam Shanley on December 30th, 2013 2:02 pm

    Congratulations! The Shanty is great for both locals and tourists. I have always had a good time there :) Nice to see it grow!

  4. Kathleen Rouse on December 30th, 2013 3:09 pm

    The last few times any of my ‘away’ family has come to visit, we’ve gone to the Shanty to enjoy casual, outdoor dining on the picnic tables provided. It’s really fun to munch on their good food while basking in the refreshing open air. I certainly hope, with it’s planned expansion, the Shanty leaves at least a few open-air tables on the water side, for those of us who do not enjoy being inside on a nice summer afternoon! And for those of us who have noisy grandchildren…in the open air, they can exclaim loudly about passing seabirds, or get up to stretch their small legs on the docks surrounded by boats bobbing in ther slips, for example, while not bothering other diners, as they would if the entire place were enclosed. The open air dining sections of the Shanty are ideal for children!

  5. Bill Neville on December 31st, 2013 10:04 am

    I agree — it would be nice to still have the outside deck — shaded by a roof but still open. I think it adds a lot of appeal and a great option for those of us who like being outside in the shade in warm weather. I have been to some restaurants where they have roll up transparent curtains that can be put down when it is cold or stormy. The harborside in west Ocean City has this type of arrangement.

  6. Robert Rittenhouse on December 31st, 2013 1:40 pm

    Guests of the Rittenhouse Motor Lodge have enjoyed the Shanty this past season. This concept has been needed for a very long time — hurry, and reopen in the Spring. We are all waiting “out on the highway” — Congratulations!

  7. Linda Downs on January 9th, 2014 11:20 pm

    Glad to hear of the potential expansion. Hope they will consider acquiring some comfortable chairs and tables. The picnic tables are great for the younger generations, but the mid-sixty and older crowd, like myself, has too much joint and hip pain to sit comfortably for long at a picnic table with an attached bench we have to climb into. Thanks for the consideration!