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Pond Inn Restaurant to be Revived

One of Wildwood's historic restaurants has a new owner who says she will restore the location to its former glory.

One historic restaurant—The Pond Inn—has sat vacant in Wildwood at 17250 Manchester Road and the intersection of Pond Road for several years now. But it will be vacant no more in the future, as noted at Wildwood's city council meeting on Monday. Signs of refurbishing there were noticed by several Wildwoodians lately.

Activity at the location is a welcomed sight. The property once operated as an inn and restaurant, but closed some years ago due to a fire.

Bethany Mehard and her husband, William, purchased a home in Wildwood this January. She also purchased the Pond Inn property, indicating she hopes to reopen it in early April as a restaurant bearing its former name, Pond Inn. Wildwood director of planning and parks Joe Vujnich said Monday he also was aware of the April target date.

The property includes the main two-story building, which will house the restaurant, as well as two additional buildings. Renovations to the main building are under way.

Mehard, who holds a background in design and real estate, is redesigning the space herself, according to a blog posting in Sauce Magazine. Construction plans include adding a new 2,700-square-foot patio. One of the other buildings, an old stable, will undergo renovations in fall 2013, she said.

Although the menu is still in the development stage, Pond Inn general manager Michael Sottile told Sauce Magaine last week it would be geared around small plates, and wine would be the focus on the drink side.

Michael Morarin November 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Best of luck to you Bethany and Bill, I have seen Bethany's work in the past, and it's nothing short of amazing!!!
Bethany Mehard November 29, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Thank you to everyone for your encouragement and well wishes. The excitement that we have experienced form the neighbors and the community have given my team and I the inspiration to continue to get through all the layers of dilapidation that years of neglect have left for us! I am working with the most brilliant and gifted designer, Carol Keeling of "C K Interiors," who's show stopping work will bring life to "The Pond Inn" as never before. I have worked with Carol on several projects in the past; her magical talent is unsurpassed! In November I hired the restaurants general manager, Michael Sottile, who's experience and passion for fine food and wine will exceed expectation! Thank you again for all of the support! See you in the spring! Cheers!!
Julie Brown Patton November 29, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Bethany, so, so exciting to hear you all are up for the challenge. Wildwoodians love their historical roots, and it's wonderful of you to revive a part of that as you build a new business.
Rose Scott Newell January 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Bethany you are a smart beautiful lady ,this place will be fantastic ,can't wait for it to open . Good luck to you .
Nancy Collier March 17, 2013 at 04:26 PM
I always wanted to eat at the inn and finally did shortly before it closed. Loved the food and atmosphere so much I bought a gift certificate for a wedding gift and the in closed before my friends could use it. I'm wondering, it would be wonderful if you could honor my gift certificate when you open. It was for $75.00. Please let me know if you will and I will definitely come in myself to dine. Best of luck to you. Also, a french cuisine would be great!! Nancy Collier

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