The Caroll Villa Hotel opened in the ’70s without a bar to serve libations. When the family acquired a liquor license years later, they opened a bar without seats. Yet they persisted. Fast forward to 2022, and now four generations of Kulkowitz’s.
Rumors fly through Cape May like mass transit trains. This winter has seen an abundance of those rumors. Multiple changes of ownership in both restaurants and hotels have taken place. One significant change is the train leaving Merion Station. Or, more clearly, the Merion Inn has left the Decatur Street location.
For the Kulkowitz family to acquire the sight of the former Merion Inn, is a symbol of their continued investment into the community they love so much. Decades of hiring local people to work and musicians from the surrounding area to perform are part of their heritage.
Now the Cricket Club is entering the station at 106 Decatur Street. It is touted to be Cape May’s newest concept in Contemporary American Flair. The Cricket Club of Cape May will open with a complete refresh of the building decor, dining room, and a brand new bar included.
“Our Cricket Club kitchen will feature local ingredients paired with global flavors. Dishes to include made-to-order Oyster Stew, Ahi Udon salad, Swordfish Tacos Al Pastor, Fried Tomatoes with Crabmeat gravy, Chorizo Scotch Egg, Shrimp, and Cauliflower Grits, Cape May Scallops with Mexican street corn salad,” Jon Davies Chef de Cuisine informed us.
Jon Davies is returning to work for the Kulkowitz family as he did fifteen years ago. Ironically, Jon also worked for the Merion Inn. “This menu will have an urban flair that has been successful in many other areas,” Davies said.
Something new and good for the community
Cricket Club is a subtle hat tip to the building’s history. People familiar with Merion Inn history or the geography of the Main Line will know the historical reference to the famed Cricket Club. But don’t expect either West Indian or British cuisine.
Matt Reeves will be crafting cocktails to compliment the menu at The Cricket Club. The lead mixologist at the Mad Batter, Matt, is an expert in creating drink menus, spirits, and cocktails to be symbiotic with food. Expect your cocktails to be gently stirred, not shaken. No bruising of bourbon happening here.
Look for The Cricket Club of Cape May to open in early June. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.