If the first year of business is an indicator of future success, then Clancy's by the Bay in Somers Point is on the right path.
The bar and restaurant opened in February on East Maryland Avenue, right over the Longport Bridge in the place of the former the Harry's Inn, which was also once Stumpo's Italian Grill and Bar.
Clancy's is the newest restaurant owned by Joe Villari, an experienced restaurateur who owns three other Clancy's restaurants: Clancy's By the Sea on the Ocean City Boardwalk, Clancy's Pub in Brooklawn, Camden County, and another Clancy's Pub in Sewell, Gloucester County. The Sewell location, the oldest of the bunch, is currently undergoing an extensive renovation.
"It's been wonderful," says Clancy's by the Bay manager Kathy Angela. "We've been busy every night since we opened."
Angela described Clancy's by the Bay as a casual to upscale restaurant made up of three separate areas: a dining room, a bar area and a side lounge.
The bar area includes booths and high-top tables and is surrounded by more than 25 flat-screen TVs. Happy Hour is 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and includes a $5 select menu, $3.50 house wines by the glass, $2 to $5 beer and well-drink specials - available at the bar, high-tops or bar ledge only.
The lounge has a fireplace and a dance floor and is surrounded by sliding glass doors which open up to a patio area in the summer, making it the perfect place to hang out any time of year.
Angela says Clancy's by the Bay serves all ages of customers and has something to offer for everyone.
"We bring in all age groups," she says. "Everyone from families to Baby Boomers to college-aged kids. Thursday night is college night with live band performances, and on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night there's a DJ. It's all just about having fun."
Weekly Entertainment Lineup:
Thursday: College Night with Thirsty Wilson
Friday: DJ Steve and Co., 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday: DJ Nick Teti, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday: Bob Pantano Dance Party, 7 p.m.
Monday: Karaoke with Lori Kelley
Tuesday: Quizzo with John Lockwood and The National Trivia Co., 8 to 11 p.m.
Wednesday: DJ Dance Party, 8 to 11 p.m.