Other Great News in South Jersey Architecture and Construction

February 1st, 2012 by abla6216

Designed by Alan Blair and Associates!


Escape to Coconut Cove!
Excitement is in the Anglesea air as local islanders witness the transformation of the former Sunset Bay Restaurant into the new Coconut Cove Restaurant. Steve Narrigan, who created and owned Sunset Bay since 1997, sold to NE Philadelphia restaurateurs, Jimmy & Trish Mikula, who are the majority owners, and Ed, Joe & Mike Milillo, the minority partners.

Wildwood historians would know that this property’s original establishment began at the edge of the bay with the Deaver family’s El Dorado Café & Motel in the 1940s. Ed Zaberer purchased the 48-seat restaurant in 1955, after getting his start in the business with his two Boardwalk ventures~ a hot dog stand and Holliday’s Restaurant. Ed Zaberer expanded into a 35,000 sq. ft. landmark eatery. At its peak, the North Wildwood “World-famous” dining hall served more than 3,000 dinners on a good, hot, summer-weekend night. When Ed & Ayne Zaberer retired to Florida in 1988, they sold to a New York businessman. It sadly foreclosed shortly after that and sat vacant for a few years before burning to the ground on June 10, 1992.

At Coconut Cove, the new owners are working toward creating the ultimate family-friendly oasis. The vision and creative concepts for the new tropical paradise came from Jim Mikula, who managed a myriad of tropical-related responsibilities, preparing to open the doors for Memorial Day weekend.

However, he admits that without the magnificent team behind him, none of it would have materialized. He would be remiss not to mention his Wildwood team of Lawyers~ Stagliano, DeWeese & Fuscerello, his Architect, Alan Blair, Jeff Curran owner of Patriot Construction, and Jerry’s Demolition. (Jimmy vows to name a few items after these guys.)

One of the main additions is a large, 2 story pub called the Tiki House, offering a casual menu, 3 full service bars, and 7 flat screen TVs for your favorite sporting events. Next to the Tiki House will be the sandy dance floor under the canopy called The Cove, an entertaining musical lineup is on the summer calendar with music noon til 10PM. After 10PM, music moves into the Tiki House til 2AM. The original restaurant, now recognized as the Bay Club, with indoor and open-deck dining, as well as a new upper deck, offers affordable, upscale casual dining, while enjoying the extraordinary innercoastal waterway views.

While there, experience a new version of the tropics complete with sandy beaches, authentic tiki huts, (even a professional masseuse), and lounge chairs, all with spectacular sunsets included.

Every Wednesday evening, starting June 29th, a Luau Dinner Show will be a feature attraction for the whole family. Coconut Cove will have 7 full service bars altogether, including the boat bar dubbed “7 She’s” after the Mikula’s 7 daughters that range in age from 11 to 26, who will mostly all be on deck working together for their inaugural summer at Coconut Cove.

Matt Sobon, is the manager at Coconut Cove, (he formerly managed all TGIFs in the tri-state area.) Matt has been overseeing menus and staff, preparing for opening day.


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