Harry’s in Cape May Introduces New Chef, New Owners and Big New Music Program

-Courtesy of Aversa PR & Events

Harry’s Ocean Bar and Grille (1025 Beach Ave) is firing up exciting changes in and out of the kitchen for summer of 2022. The ocean-side dining destination and sprawling ocean-side roofdeck, located directly next to The Montreal Beach Resort, is proud to introduce new ownership and a new top chef in the kitchen. As perhaps one of the longest family owned and operated businesses in Cape May, the Montreal Beach Resort and Harry’s Ocean Bar and Grille have finally changed hands after 56 years in business.

The new owner is Madison Resorts, a locally owned hospitality management company headed by property operations veteran Dan Alicea, who has previously worked in the local market, as well as led the revitalization of two historic resorts on the east coast. Harry’s and Madison Resorts is proud to introduce new Executive Chef Jim Maugeri who now leads the culinary team and has developed a new menu of shore and seafood favorites. Harry’s is also proud to introduce one of Cape May’s largest seven-day-a-week music and live entertainment programs – both on the famous roof deck and in the restaurant itself. Look for live music seven days a week, every single day this summer. Other news for the summer includes expanded hours, breakfast service, room service for Montreal guests, weekly food specials, beach food service and more.

Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille is considered one of Cape May’s best and most popular restaurants and full service bars. Locals and visitors know it as one of the top spots for rooftop food and drink with a stunning unobstructed view of the ocean. Overlooking the beach at the oceanfront Montreal Beach Resort, Harry’s features inspired cuisine and incredible good vibes. Named for the hotel’s founder, Harry Hirsch, Harry’s offers fantastic food and entertainment, as well as Cape May’s best rooftop deck and bar. Harry’s features the largest indoor/outdoor bar of any Cape May beach and a freshly-redesigned panoramic ocean patio.

Harry’s specializes in fresh local seafood, signature sandwiches and of course those famous orange crushes, and a full menu of local beer, summer cocktails and wine. Harry’s has won numerous accolades, including best place to drink at the Jersey shore.

Harry’s seats 150 people upstairs on the roof deck, 60 on the outdoor lower level patio and 60 in the restaurant. Harry’s is open seven days a week, from 8:00am to 11:00pm, including breakfast from 8:00am to 11:00am, and the all-day menu from 11:00am to 11:00pm.

Harry’s Ocean Bar and Grille introduces new Executive Chef Jim Maugeri, who debuts a new menu just in time for the height of summer shore season. Maugeri brings 25 years of culinary experience that started when he was a teenager and he has worked his way up through culinary and hospitality programs his entire life. He has been an Executive Chef since 2007, leading kitchens, developing menus, analyzing demographics to see our price points and cuisine, and developing life-long relationships in and out the kitchens and dining rooms along the East Coast.

“I’m excited to serve and host thousands of people a week this summer,” said Maugeri. “I spent the last few weeks getting to know our locals, neighbors and early guests of The Montreal. I am excited to meet and cook for even more guests as the height of summer comes upon us. I thrive when things get busy and I get to do what I love each and every day. The early feedback from guests has been so positive, and it’s going to be a summer I will never forget.”

When asked about the new menu and inspiration, Chef said, “The menu is a combination of my passion for seafood, local sourcing and Harry’s beach favorites. I wanted to add depth to our seafood offerings and provide a balance of land items, gluten free and vegetarian dishes too. My goal was to bring the menu up to a new level, while having elevated dishes alongside accessible crowd pleasers. There’s a great mix of sandwiches, burgers and handhelds, starters and more elaborate entrees. But my passion in the kitchen is in working with seafood – I love working with all different types of fish including swordfish, seabass, halibut, shrimp, etc. and pairing them with fresh herbs, gastriques and complex pan pickups. Seafood offers a plethora of opportunities and lets me get creative. Plus, watch for our culinary team to shine with weekly specials that really let us get creative.” 


Harry’s is proud to launch the town’s most ambitious live music and entertainment program to date – which in fact is one of, if not THE largest in Cape May. Harry’s will offer live entertainment and music seven days a week, both on the well-known roof top bar and deck, and in the dining room and patio below. Entertainment options include Triple Rail Turn playing weekly, as well as Dueling Pianos. Music will start each evening upstairs on the outdoor deck under the stars, and move as the night progresses to inside the restaurant and bar itself. They have a mini-stage ready to keep the party going well into the night – and every seat in the house can watch and listen.

At Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille, take in the view from Cape May’s ONLY bar with an oceanfront roof deck while listening to the sounds of amazing local and regional acts featuring acoustic, full band and new for 2022, the Philly Keys Dueling Pianos!

For more about Harry’s Ocean Bar and Grille, the new menu and music line up, visit:

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