(July 5, 2013) The popular restaurant and nightspot Seacrets celebrated 25 years of business last Saturday with live entertainment and its annual anniversary fireworks show.
Originally a small, private club seating about 100 people, Seacrets has grown into a megalith among Ocean City’s nightspots, with 18 bars, six indoor and outdoor dining sections and a slew of nationally recognized acts hitting its stages each summer.
It’s a matter of “build it and they will come,” said owner Leighton Moore, who added a bar to Seacrets each winter for years to bring it to its current capacity of 4,600 people around five years ago.
There are no plans to expand the again in the near future, Moore said. “We’re going to stay right here for awhile.”
Opening June 29, 1988, Seacrets was inspired by Moore’s favorite vacation spot, Jamaica.
“I really liked it, but I didn’t want to live there,” the Ocean City native said, “so I tried to bring it back to the United States.” As Seacrets grew, he continued to integrate the Jamaican theme, shipping palm trees and sand to the bar each summer to give the complex a beach feeling.
Seacrets is also known for its Caribbean fare, with jerk chicken the most popular dish among diners.
The bar and restaurant has won several awards, including 10th place in “Nightclub & Bar Magazine’s” list of the top 100 bars in the country in 2008 and the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s “Favorite Bar and Tavern” the same year.
Moore attributes the success to Seacrets’ diversity, and not just the options to drink immersed in the bay or dance through the crowds at the Nite Club.
“It’s got a lot of bands, it’s got the same relative (cover) charge as other places, and you get more benefit,” he said. “It’s different. You can walk around and find a place and feel comfortable.”
Saturday’s entertainment started at 5 p.m. with the Jim Long Band, followed by High Five, Lucky Dub and Lifespeed playing on various stages until 2 a.m. Fireworks started around 9 p.m. on the bay.
T-shirts and coins commemorating the 25th anniversary are on sale at the restaurant and online at www.seacretsboutique.com while supplies last.
The coin featuring a gilded skull and cross bones and the U.S. and Jamaican flags will be on sale until all 25,000 are sold— a relatively small number compared to Seacret’s 3 million visitors annually, said designer Keith Hanshaw, chief operating officer of Gray Water Ops, LLC.
Seacrets will host nationally recognized acts including Reel Big Fish and G Love and Special Sauce this summer. For a full lineup, menu, specials and more, visit www.seacrets.com.