This will be the fourth year of business for owner/operator Rick Vach at his 67th Street restaurant. It’s a laid-back operation with a Southern California vibe.
“We had a really good season last year,” he said. “We’re just hoping to repeat that.”
They’re open five days a week through the off-season. Moving into the summer, they’ll make minor menu changes but keep the best-selling dishes (including Rick’s must-try fish tacos) and expand their Sunday brunch menu.
Longboard also features live music several nights a week in-season, including a standing Sunday appearance by Ocean City musician Joe Mama.
The restaurant’s year-round staff is anchored by Chef Colby Hill. Rick himself is very active in the kitchen and running the front of the house. Nearly all the recipes and menu items are his personal creations.
“I’m not really dependent on a chef like other places are, because I’m heavily involved in the food and how it’s made, the sourcing, things like that,” he said.
Longboard had consecutive banner years in 2014 and 2015. In fact, last summer’s booming business was a 30 percent improvement over 2014.
Vach said for 2016, he doesn’t expect the same double- digit growth, but he believes he’ll do well, knowing that Longboard has found a steady audience through its great reputation.
“We had such a monster year last year, we’re hoping for more of a good thing,” he said. “We’d be hard-pressed to do more than we did last summer. I think the word’s out about the restaurant now. The locals know about us, and I think a lot of the vacationers do, too.”
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