The summer season kicked off in Margate with lots of grand opening celebrations for new businesses and Margate Business Association members, Betty’s Seafood Shack, Famous Cookie Creamery, Aneu Kitchen and Catering and Sunrise Wine & Tequila Bar and Packaged Goods.

On Thursday Betty’s Seafood Shack and the Famous Cookie Creamery both celebrated their grand openings with a ribbon cutting ceremony presided over by Margate City Commissioner Maury Blumberg.

Betty’s Seafood Shack is the brainchild of Steve Marchel of Water Dog Smoke House fame. Intent on meeting the demand for fresh seafood in Downbeach, Betty’s offers favorites like steamers, shrimp cocktail, lobster rolls and even jumbo lump crabmeat lettuce wraps. If you pull into a Margate marina with fresh catch from a day fishing, Betty’s will even prepare up to 1 lb. per person with two delicious sides. Visit

Directly adjacent to Betty’s, is the Famous Cookie Creamery, a bayfront establishment that celebrates the delicious bond between two iconic Philadelphia brands: Famous 4th St. Cookies and Bassett’s Ice Cream. Build your own mouth-watering treats combining any of Bassett’s array of flavors between 2 fresh Famous Cookies for an unbeatable end to a summer dinner. The new Margate location joins Ocean City and Wildwood as Jersey Shore mainstays. Sunsets are free. Visit them at

On Friday Margate Mayor Michael Collins and Commissioner Catherine Horn helped to kick off the grand opening of Aneu Kitchens on South Gladstone Ave. The Friday afternoon celebration was highlighted by a ribbon cutting, live music, delicious food, juice and wine samples and gift bags!!!

Sunset Wine and Tequila Bar which also sells packaged goods located right next door to the new location of Tony Boloney’s Pizza on Ventnor Avenue had a celebration complete with tasty appetizers, an assortment of beverages from their fully stocked bar and music.

Photos courtesy of Jan Dugan and Pete Courter


Shown are Mayor Michael Collins, Aneu owners Alex and Meredith Coyle, Margate Commissioner Catherine Horn, with MBA President Ed Berger.

Betty’s Seafood:

Shown MBA President Ed Berger, Commissioner Maury Blumberg, Owners, Robin and Steve Marchel

Famous 4th Street Cookie Company:

Commissioner Maury Blumberg, Owner Brian Phillips, MBA President Ed Berger

Sunrise Wine and Tequila Bar: Friends, staff and owner Dana Hartman Hiltner (fourth from left)celebrate the grand opening.