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2021

OC’s first food hall to open on boardwalk Summer 2021

47abc

February 22, 2021

Sarah Ash

https://www.wmdt.com/2021/02/ocs-first-food-hall-to-open-on-boardwalk-summer-2021/


OCEAN CITY, Md. – Ocean City’s first Food Hall will open on the Boardwalk this summer.


"We’re told the Inlet Market will be a combination of family-friendly, grab-and-go spots with options from lobster rolls and Greek seafood fry, to Taiwanese bao buns, authentic Mexican, and Southern po’boys. In an upgrade to the downtown area’s craft beer scene, Bandits Bar & Grill will provide a dozen brews on tap and all-American favorites such as OC’s best burger, bacon-crab grilled cheese, wedge salad, and hot-off-the-grill ribeyes.


The Inlet Market will be located on the southern tip of the Ocean City Boardwalk and will open each season from Easter to Halloween. The dining deck will provide 8,000 square feet of socially distant seating and will include a pergola for protection from the sun and occasional showers."



Ocean City Boardwalk to get its first-ever food hall

Rose Velazquez

Salisbury Daily Times

https://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/maryland/2021/02/19/ocean-city-boardwalk-get-its-first-ever-food-hall-bandits-bar-grill-trimper-rides-inlet-market/4511917001/


"Ocean City's first-ever food hall is set to land on the boardwalk in summer 2021.


The food hall, dubbed Inlet Market, is the brainchild of Windsor Resort, the company behind Trimper's Rides and Marty's Playland. A news release shows the space is set to take the place of The Inlet Village shopping center.


“Dining on the boardwalk is about to get a lot more exciting. Food halls, filled with fresh culinary talent, are tourist meccas in cities all over the country. Ocean City already attracts 8 million visitors a year, and we believe the Inlet Market will become the go-to dining destination on the Boardwalk,” said Antoinette Bruno, president of Trimper's Rides and the mastermind of the new food hall, in a statement."



Inlet Market, Ocean City’s First Food Hall, Will Land on the Boardwalk in Summer 2021


The new food hall from Windsor Resort will bring fresh culinary talent and expansive outdoor dining to Maryland’s favorite beach town.


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Ocean City, M.D. (February 19, 2021) – Windsor Resorts, the family-owned entertainment company behind Trimper’s Rides and Marty’s Playland, announces the forthcoming launch of Inlet Market, Ocean City’s first-ever food hall. The open-air market, anchored by Bandits Bar & Grill and taking the place of The Inlet Village shopping center, will feature nine new chef-driven restaurant concepts, sweeping inlet views, and safe, spacious outdoor seating.


“Dining on the boardwalk is about to get a lot more exciting,” says Antoinette Bruno, president of Trimpers Rides and project mastermind. “Food halls, filled with fresh culinary talent, are tourist meccas in cities all over the country. Ocean City already attracts 8 million visitors a year, and we believe the Inlet Market will become the go-to dining destination on the boardwalk.”


Inlet Market will showcase a lively blend of family-friendly, grab-and-go spots with options from lobster rolls and Greek seafood fry to Taiwanese bao buns, authentic Mexican, and Southern po' boys. Improving downtown’s craft beer scene, Bandits Bar & Grill will serve a dozen brews on tap, along with all-American favorites, including OC’s best burger, bacon-crab grilled cheese, wedge salad, and hot-off-the-grill ribeyes.


“One of the driving forces for successful revitalization are restaurants and eateries”, says Glenn Irwin, executive director of Ocean City Development Corporation. “This proposed project by Trimpers Rides with a variety of culinary establishments will generate a lot of interest and visitation to the south end of the Ocean City Boardwalk.”


Located on the southern tip of Ocean City Beach and next door to Trimper’s Rides, the Inlet Market will open each season from Easter to Halloween. Designed for safe, pandemic-era service, the dining deck will include nearly 8,000 square feet of socially distant seating including a pergola to shelter guests from sun and occasional showers. Guests also will be able to order from all Inlet Market concepts with a single order and payment method.


The full roster of chefs will be announced in the spring. Inlet Market is currently recruiting best-in-class concepts for a few remaining stalls. Both established and up-and-coming restaurants interested in partnering with the market can email info@inletmarket.com and visit our operator FAQ for more details on build-out assistance, amenities, and deal structure.

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About Windsor Resort

Trimper’s Rides of Ocean City, a Maryland landmark enjoyed by generations, is affiliated with Windsor Resort Inc. and operates Marty’s Playland and the Inlet Market Food Hall. The park employs 200 workers each year. Trimper’s Board of Directors—Antoinette Bruno, Wendy Dibuo, Bill Hopkins, Laura Minker, and Scott Savage—believe in the potential of downtown Ocean City and are investing in its future with their growing entertainment complex.



Food Court Concept Approved For Old Inlet Village Property

Feb 18,2021 by Shawn Soper

https://mdcoastdispatch.com/2021/02/18/food-court-concept-approved-for-old-inlet-village-property/

"Food Court Concept Approved For Old Inlet Village PropertyDemolition work of some existing Inlet Village buildings took place this week. Photo by Bunk Mann

OCEAN CITY — Resort planners this week signed off on a private property plan to completely renovate the south end of the Boardwalk and replace vast sections with a “foody” destination open-air food court.

The Ocean City Planning Commission had before it on Wednesday a site plan review for a major renovation of the old Inlet Village property owned by the Trimper family and Windsor Resort at the foot of the Boardwalk. For decades, the site has hosted the Inlet Village, a variety of quaint shops, a couple of restaurants and bars and other attractions.

Some of the original buildings will be upgraded and renovated to accommodate upscale food service operations, while others are being demolished to accommodate an open-air food court dining area with views of the Inlet and Assateague to the south. The Frog Bar will be replaced with Bandits Bar and Grill and the building will be expanded to accommodate the food court concept. Existing businesses such as the Inlet Lodge and Harrison’s Harbor Watch will remain in place.

The project is currently going through the regulatory process, but thus far there have been no hurdles. For example, last week Windsor Resort applied for and received a parking exception for 23 spaces to accommodate the project. On Wednesday afternoon, the Worcester County Board of License Commissioners (BLC) granted the project’s request for a Class B beer, wine and liquor license for the Bandit’s Bar and Grill element.

Bruno said the concept was an upscale food court. Some early concepts include a Greek-style fish fry restaurant, an upscale taco restaurant which will mill their own corn and make tortillas from scratch. Another offering will be authentic lobster rolls. Bruno said the company is still looking for a barbeque concept and an ice cream shop concept. She said visitors will be able to pick and choose from the various food stalls and enjoy the offerings in the open-air food court.

“Guests will be able to order from any of the stalls with just one payment,” she said. “A food runner will bring guests their food, or they can pick it up at the carryout window. They will be able to walk out and sit in the open areas and enjoy the views with their food and drinks.”