THE HISTORY OF CHESAPEAKE TAVERN

In the early 1980’s, the Chesapeake Bay Seafood Co. opened in Long Valley, New Jersey, in the historic Long Valley Inn building. They offered fresh seafood in a casual environment and the town received them with open arms. Sometime after opening, the Chesapeake brought in a visionary young leader by the name of Keith Holmes, as a General Manager. As a long-time restaurant professional, Keith turned the Chesapeake into a Long Valley mainstay. After leaving his mark on Long Valley, Keith set his sights on Chester, NJ, and opened Redwoods Grill & Bar, along with two other partners from the Chesapeake. A few years later, the Chesapeake closed its doors - for the time being.

After years of success at Redwoods, in 2012 Keith decided it was time for a new venture and opened the St. Moritz Grill & Bar in the old Arthur’s St. Moritz Restaurant in the picturesque Lake Mohawk Plaza in Sparta, New Jersey. No stranger to success, Keith’s revival of the old plaza favorite has become the talk of the town in Lake Mohawk. At the St. Moritz, Keith brought in long-time friend and expert chef, Joel Cain, as the Executive Chef. Chef Joel was one of Keith’s prep cooks at the Chesapeake Bay Seafood Co. As fate would have it, Keith was given the opportunity to return to the site of the Chesapeake Bay Seafood Co. After receiving the blessing of the original Chesapeake owner, Swift Seaman, Keith and his team have returned to Long Valley with a modern revival of the old town favorite: Chesapeake Tavern.

The Chesapeake Tavern is an ode to the old Chesapeake Bay Seafood Company, featuring the freshest seafood as well as other sensational dishes for those who prefer the land fare. The vibe of the Chesapeake Tavern is of a casual, rustic tavern, with delicious food and drink that is of high quality and exceptional flavor

OUR MISSION

We Provide Exceptional Hospitality To Both The Team And Guests.

Keith and Marcella Owner