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Breakers Now Offers Weddings to Those Who Love Beach and Brew

Breakers Kitchen and Tap’s New Banquet Hall Provides Near-Beach Wedding at an affordable price
Feb 22, 2019
Courtesy of: Breakers Kitchen and Tap

Long Beach Island has become one of New Jersey’s premier wedding destinations, and for good reason. Today’s brides and grooms have opted for more creativity and customization and less tradition. When it comes to gorgeous seascapes and casual beach-style weddings, you really can’t beat it.

But while everyone wants to get married here, not everyone can afford it during the season. While weddings are trending less formal, they’re not less expensive.

“We’re at the beach, but we’re not ‘at the beach’ prices,” said Katie Davis, owner of Breakers Kitchen and Tap on Route 9 in Waretown.

Being just 9 miles north of Route 72, Breakers is close to the Island to still incorporate elements of a beach wedding, but without the price tag

Davis and her sister Kelly Ford, local to Barnegat for the last 20 years, opened Breakers a year ago, providing a contemporary eatery with a focus on local and craft food and drink that has become popular in the area, but was still somewhat missing from Waretown.

They recently renovated the back banquet room, very much with brides and grooms in mind.

“We redid the floor, updated the lighting and painted everything. We have a new bar built by our friend Chander Fraser, who got the wood for the bar top from the Liberty House, a 100-year-old house in Beach Haven. We call it the Liberty Bar.”

Breakers’ new banquet venue can do a buffet-style or sit-down dinner for up to 150 people. What sets it apart is what the sisters say sets Breakers apart.

“We’re local and rustic, but upscale casual. We’re a tap room, so we have great relationships with all the local breweries. If the bride and groom are into craft beers, we can provide an amazing selection,” said Davis.

Ford explains that they are locals, having lived in Barnegat for the last 20 years, and while she has nothing but good things to say about other establishments in her immediate area, she points out there’s nothing else like it in Waretown. She also adds they are the only business of this type in the area that is owned by women.

Breakers has enjoyed a strong first year. Ford, who is a self-trained cook, developed the menu. Under Kitchen Manager Eddie Andrade, the spot has flourished.

“I’m really into serving fresh food, and I’m always looking for new flavors,” Ford explained. “It will be the same with weddings.”

Prices for seated dinners are very affordable at about $34 per head for a four-course meal. Breakers has become known for fun appetizers and offers private function guests mini meatballs, Breakers wings, nachos, loaded tots, pretzel sticks, steamers, mussels, quesadillas, and steak bites. Dinner options include filet mignon, chicken Francese, prime rib, mahi-mahi and salmon. Customers who already love Breakers’ menu have requested pasta Bolognese and Key West shrimp and scallops, which Andrade has happily delivered.

The price for the dinner buffet is about the same per person. Other options for the buffet include meatloaf, crab stuffed flounder and shrimp scampi. Desserts usually include cheesecake and Key lime pie.

“We can offer a premium open bar with pitchers or small kegs of favorite local craft beers. You can choose bottled beer and house wines, or just opt for a cash bar similar to our main bar,” Davis added.

Breakers is a favorite hangout for the beer crowd and has a significant number of craft beers on tap, including Backwards Flag and Oyster Creek, both right up the road, as well as Asbury Park Brewery, Bolero Snort, Cape May, Carton, Double Nickel, Flying Fish, Manafirkin, 7 Mile, Ship Bottom, Pinelands, Rinn Duinn, Ludlam Island, Kane, Last Wave and Jughandle.

In addition, many people are happy to have a wedding away from the weekend traffic and chaos of the Island. Breakers has ample parking and has been working with the recently renovated Knight’s Inn, adjacent to the property. They’ve secured deals for bridal parties and discounts on a block of rooms.

A key aspect to any wedding is the photos, and local weddings often incorporate the beach and bay.

“We’re three minutes from the bay, which is a great spot for photos, and we have over half an acre of property here, which is mostly woods, for really cool photos as well,” added Davis.

For the most part, they plan to take what has brought them success in the restaurant and apply it to weddings and other private events.

Breakers has had several private functions and already has a few weddings booked for the season.

“We listen to feedback. Our customers told us they wanted shark bites and steak bites, so we incorporated them into our menu. We’re all about communication and customer experience, so that will just spill over into our wedding business,” Davis said.

— Jon Coen 

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