Southern Ocean Chamber Close-up is a brief introspective on why our members do what they do. This year, for our Chocolate Week Program, we are highlighting participating members to share their seasonal specials, promotions, events and professional stories. Our Chocolate Week Program will take place February 10th-17th and will encourage locals and visitors to visit and enjoy local businesses. For more information on this program, visit: https://bit.ly/2RfGovu.
Breaker’s Kitchen & Tap is a bar and restaurant in Waretown featuring fresh food, local craft beer, handmade cocktails and great service. Owners Katie Davis and Kelly Ford opened Breaker’s a year ago and it has quickly become a hot-spot for locals! The sisters have lived in Barnegat for over 15 years and were always interested in the restaurant business and worked in the industry before and during college. Kelly went on to work as a teacher in education, and then eventually as a school administrator. Katie became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, leading to opening her own practice doing in-home counseling.
Katie and Kelly dedicated their restaurant to their father, who passed suddenly in 2011. “One of his dreams was to own a restaurant, and we know he’s getting a kick out of all this,” they shared. Owning a business together has been a rewarding experience for the sisters in many ways. They love, “Watching all the gears working together to provide the food and drinks to the happy guests. The sights and sounds of people connecting and laughing and having a good time.” Active residents of the community, the two also enjoy, “fundraising and coordinating events with the community – the feeling that we are a part of something bigger and what a privilege that is.”
In addition to their bar and dining areas, Breaker’s also offers a beautifully renovated large banquet area with a separate entrance, bar, restrooms and stage for private events. They are planning to add an outdoor area as well by summer. Katie and Kelly have a lot of upcoming events planned for 2019, including:
- 2/17 – Ma Deuce Deuce Dining to Donate (nonprofit for veterans).
- 2/25 – Local Craft Brewers Appreciation Night- come meet the local brewers and staff.
- 3/2 – Finnegans wake with the Irish Sons of Shillelaghs
- 3/22 – Country Line dancing night
- 04/12 – Jonah’s ark animal rescue fundraiser
- 05/03 – Dueling pianos night
- 06/15 – Healing waters veterans fundraiser
- Painting events fundraising for Autistic Programs locally.
Throughout the winter season their hours will be 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m. with Sunday brunch starting at 10 a.m. In honor of Chocolate Week they will be offering many specials including a Chocolate Wave Martini, Pretzel Sticks with Chocolate Dipping Sauce, Chicken with Mexican Mole Sauce, and decadent chocolate desserts! They are also offering a Valentine’s Day dinner special, $49 for two people includes two alcoholic beverages, two soup or salads, two entrees and one dessert to share. For more info visit their website at www.breakerskitchenandtap.com or follow them on social media @BreakersKitchenAndTap. Make sure to stop by and support local businesses for all of your Valentine’s Day celebrations! For a full list of participating businesses and to view specials and offerings, visit: https://visitlbiregion.com/chocolate-week-2019/.