Debbie and Rick Pinter, seated in center, are excited about presenting an art show to showcase local artists over Presidents Day weekend. (Photo courtesy of Debbie Pinter)
By MADDY VITALE
Family-owned restaurant Rick’s Breakfast House in Sea Isle City may be known for culinary breakfast and lunch delights, but soon, it will also be known for artwork.
The eatery, owned by the Pinter family since 1997 and located at 6112 Landis Ave., is hosting a pop-up art show over Presidents Day weekend.
The event, from Feb. 18-20, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., will showcase talents from five or six local artists, explained Debbie Pinter, who owns Rick’s with her husband, Rick.
“We want to promote local artists in the area and hope that they make some sales from the event,” Debbie Pinter said in an interview Sunday. “Who knows, maybe someone else here in town or other towns would be interested in promoting something like this.”
The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, but Pinter said the evenings of the show, the Pinter family will be there to help out as well as offer complimentary refreshments, including coffee and hot chocolate as well as desserts to the art show guests.
Local artist Tara Good’s works will be featured in the show. (Photo courtesy of Tara Good’s Facebook page)
Tara Good, a local artist, came to Pinter with the idea for the show, Pinter noted. Good couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday, but Pinter credited her with organizing the entire event.
“This is something new for us and when Tara came to us and asked if we would be interested in a pop-up art show, we thought we would do something different for a change.”
And so far, judging by Rick’s Breakfast House Facebook page posts, and speaking to people in the community, Pinter said there has been a good response.
“There are a lot of artists who are trying to get their foot in the door,” she noted, adding that such a show could help advertise the works of the artists.
Sea Isle’s Presidents Day weekend is typically a blockbuster event for the merchants and restaurant owners on the island.
There are sales and discounts on merchandise, specials at restaurants, and in the past, there was the Polar Bear Plunge.
The plunge will not take place this year because of a new city policy barring privately run events on public property. While the plunge will not be held, Pinter hopes that the art show could draw more people to town.
“It is a big weekend to begin with and now that the plunge is no longer available, you want to get the people down here and give them things to do,” she said. “They will still have a good time.”
For more information, call Rick’s Breakfast House at 609-263-0037.