Thursday, February 9, 2017

Former Triangle/Nino's restaurant to be demolished

The vacant restaurant that sits on the triangle-shaped corner of Walnut & Spruce along the North Wildwood entrance boulevard is a reminder that the Wildwoods were not completely spared of Hurricane Sandy's wrath.

The October 2012 "superstorm" damaged the building so severely that Nino's Family Restaurant, its last occupant, was never able to reopen.

Four and a half years later, North Wildwood City Council has authorized a bid to go out for the demolition of the property. The resolution was made at a council meeting on Tuesday.

Perhaps best remembered as the Triangle Restaurant, prior to Nino's, the structure will be the latest in a series of longtime Spruce Avenue landmarks to fall.

The long-derelict Lamp Post Diner, across the avenue, was demoed in late 2015; Coconut Cove, across from the new Wawa at Maryland Avenue, was wiped out last Spring.

The seasonal McDonald's, near the turn onto New Jersey Avenue, closed for good last Fall. The building still stands, but it's future is uncertain.

Nino's continues to operate two locations - their original restaurant in Cape May Court House and a new home in Wildwood that opened at the former site of Groff's Restaurant in August 2015.

There is no date set for the demolition, nor plans for what might replace it.

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