Story by Janmarie Foschini
The Breezy restaurant in Greenwood Lake, owned by the Bailey family, has returned for their second season. Formerly known as Tortuga last summer, the Bailey family has made fresh and exciting changes including a new name for 2019. The family purchased the icon of the lake “The Breezy Point Inn” in 2018 and began with a seafood menu and a shore theme. Upon completing the season, new ideas and remodeling began.
Owners Paul, Aileen, and their son, Morgan, who are from West Milford, NJ, are familiar with the Breezy name and have a history of their own. Their home, a historical site in West Milford is called “Breezy Point Villa.”
Over twenty years ago, the Bailey family had purchased a historic home in West Milford, built in 1867 on one of the highest points of land where “legend has it, Native Americans once made camp.” The Baileys began a venture to bring back this piece of history and began building their life and future.
With the connection of their home, new business and the long time restaurant name it seemed perfect to tie their home and establishment together and rename the restaurant to The Breezy. Prior the family had gone through books, paperwork, letters and other history pieces and came upon a postcard of a young girl from around 1910 sitting on a dirt road with their current home in the background.
A sign was above the young girl reading, “Breezy Point Villa.” They found the original sign and it now displays on the fireplace mantle of their restaurant. Today this has taken on a new and important meaning to the Baileys and now means even more as “The Breezy” begins.
“We are beyond excited to have finished renovating the interior of The Breezy, honoring its rich history, while giving it a bright fresh feel. It is a place of memories for so many. Our family thanks everyone for making us a part of yours!,” said the Baileys.
Renovations and updates have taken place in both the restaurant and hotel area. Fresh new paint, lighting, large ceiling fans, pops of color, new decor, wood beams, and more are just some of the new changes guests will see. Patrons will enjoy a new salad bar, a wide variety of menu options including American cuisine, seafood, and old time German dishes to honor the history of the restaurant, while enjoying the stellar lake view from any seat in the house.
Paul, a professional musician and recording artist, will be playing his piano, as guests eat drink and enjoy the art gallery wall. The art wall is a new addition to the establishment and will feature artwork of artists from the area. An overhaul took place and updated and modernized the hotel area giving it a beach feel with all the modern amenities.
The Breezy, located at 620 Jersey Ave., hours of operation are Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 12 noon to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.