(March 8, 2013) Justin Schaub worked at Jordan’s Rooftop restaurant, on the top floor of the Fenwick Inn on 138th Street, as a teen in the late 1990s and he thought the space was a perfect location for a restaurant. He knew that, one day, he would like to run his own restaurant in that same location overlooking Ocean City and the bay.
That dream finally became a reality.
When Jordan’s closed in early 2011 after 19 years in business, Skyline Bar and Grill took over the space on the hotel’s eighth floor.
When the location became available in late 2012, Schaub jumped at the opportunity. He received the keys to the restaurant on Christmas Eve, and renovations began Dec. 26. Schaub painted, installed a new ceiling in the bar area and refurbished the bar.
Peaky’s Rooftop Restaurant & Bar opened about two weeks ago.
“I’ve always liked this location. I’m very excited. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time in this location,” he said. “The response, so far, has been good. We’re doing some of the same things Jordan’s did, but we’re keeping up with trends in the restaurant industry.”
Peaky’s will offer a similar happy hour. From 4-7 p.m. daily, customers can get steamed shrimp for $2.99, $5 burgers and wings, $3 house wines and rail drinks, $2 domestic bottles and $1.50 Coors Light pints.
A brunch buffet will be offered on Sundays, starting at the end of the month.
Breakfast is served daily beginning at 8 a.m.; lunch is available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and dinner is served until 10 p.m. The bar is open until 2 a.m.
The restaurant seats about 160 patrons. Approximately 30 barstools surround the large bar. Customers may also sit at tables and booths in the bar area. Two pool tables are set up in the back of the bar area.
Peaky’s also has a banquet room available for rent.
The view, Schaub said, is also a big draw for patrons.
The menu features sea-food items, as well as steak, chicken and light fare/pub food. A children’s menu is available for the little ones. Room service is offered for Fenwick Inn guests.
Schaub’s family took over Peaky’s Restaurant in Prin-cess Anne in 2007 and some of the popular items on the menu, which he referred to as “Eastern Shore comfort food,” will be offered in Ocean City, including the famous fried chicken, a secret recipe.
“We sell a ton of it,” he said. “It’s cooked to order and worth the wait.”
Prime rib and crab cakes, two more Peaky’s favorites, will also be served at the resort eatery.
The Schaub family has many loyal customers who dine at the Princess Anne establishment several times a week and sometimes more than once a day.
“It’s a small community and people will come in two times a day sometimes five or six times a week. They’ll come in for breakfast, then come back for lunch or dinner,” Schaub said. “The response has been really positive. Everyone’s rooting for me.”
Congratulations Justin! Not a doubt in my mind that yours will be the most successful restaurant EVER in that location!