(Dec. 26, 2014) Higgins restaurant on 31st Street will soon have an open air, rooftop deck seating area and bar. The new addition will seat 150 to 200 people. “We’re trying to change as our customers change,” said General Manager John Oleksak. “They like to be outside and in newer structures. The whole building is getting a facelift. It’s going to be a fresh look and we hope to increase traffic.”
Construction started shortly after Labor Day and currently, a stair tower is completed. Steel columns are being put up to support the structure and once more steel is delivered, it should move along pretty quickly, according to Oleksak. The new rooftop area should be completed by May 1.
“It will be you and the stars or sun. Customers can choose to get a tan or sit under an umbrella during the summer months,” Oleksak said.
Last year, Higgins made some changes to its décor inside the restaurant and management plans to keep the same modernizing, colorful theme going for the new addition.
Oleksak has been working at Higgins full-time since 1999, after being employed by the restaurant during the summers since 1995. Currently, he is the general manager at Higgins on 31st Street.
“I work for probably the best owners in Ocean City as far as running a business, the way they treat employees and managers. Everything they do makes sense, why leave?…,” Oleksak said.
The idea of expanding Higgins was talked about years ago and now seemed to be the time everything lined up to complete the project, he said.
Crews will clean up the debris from construction going on outside within the next month and the inside of Higgins will open on schedule, Friday, Jan. 16 at 2:30 p.m.
All continued construction will be taking place on the roof, which will be unnoticeable to customers inside the restaurant, Oleksak said.
Higgins has two locations in Ocean City, one on 31st Street and the other on 128th Street.
The restaurants have been owned and operated by the Higgins family from St. Michaels for more than 40 years. The family prides itself on offering the freshest, quality seafood products to their customers.
Higgins is well known for its all-you-can-eat steamed crab feasts.
- Workers construct Higgins’ open air, roof top deck seating
- area last Wednesday at the 31st Street restaurant. The new
- addition will seat 150 to 200 people.