Last summer, Jerry Blavat's Memories in Margate celebrated its 40th anniversary at the Jersey shore. This summer, the Margate nightclub was forced to start all over.
"As you know, Hurricane Sandy just completely destroyed the island, so I had to entirely rebuild Memories," says Blavat, aka "The Geator with the Heator."
"It's completely brand new, so now we're making new memories at Memories in Margate, memories for the future."
Blavat, the legendary Philadelphia disc jockey and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee whose known for promoting the oldies, opened Memories in 1972 in Margate, where he hosts his live radio show on Saturdays throughout the summer with WTKU KOOL 98.3-FM.
Memories in Margate has a strong base of loyal patrons, who range in age from 21 to 100, he says, and he is excited to show them the new space.
Although the reason for the renovation is devasting, Blavat says the new look is uplifting and exciting. Those who have had a chance to see the new Memories, which had its grand re-opening last weekend, over Memorial Day weekend, had been "absolutely knocked out by it."
The renovation includes "a new sound system, new bars, new decor, a new garden, a new kitchen modeled after the one my Italian mother cooked in many years ago" and most notably, "more open space."
"You can move around more easily, there's more room to dance,," he says. "Forty years ago when we opened, this place was modern, but the looks have changed over the years and now, with its renovation, it is back with the current times. It's a new, modern look."
Blavat Hosting Live from Memories
Jerry Blavat will be hosting his radio show with 98.3-FM live from Memories of Margate every Friday and Saturday night through Labor Day as well as Sundays during holiday weekends.
The Friday night show starts at 8 p.m., and Saturday's show starts at 9 p.m., both running through the night, playing oldies hits from "Sinatra, Bobby Darin and much more."
and Sunday Dinner
Memories in Margate will host its happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays through the summer, offering drink specials and sandwiches from Chef Peter McAndrews' award-winning Paesano's in South Philadelphia.
Then on Sunday afternoons, Memories will host Italian family dinners with macaroni, sausage, meatballs and salad from McAndrews' Modo Miorestaurant, also in Philadelphia.
What: Jerry Blavat's Memories in Margate
Where: 9518 Amherst Ave., Margate City, 609-823-2196
When: 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesday to Sunday
Who: Jerry Blavat
Other info: Check out Blavat's personal site,
Geator-Gigs.webs.com for his radio schedule, appearances and booking info.