OCEAN CITY -
Could the chatterbox be silenced? The iconic pink restaurant has been a fixture in Ocean City since the 1920's, but the current owners say it's time for a new beginning.
General Manager Aimee Repici says "I think its just time for a change. It's time for all of us you know change is good. Change is good for everyone and sometimes it needs a fresh new face and fresh new ideas to make it even better than it is now."
After 42 years of ownership, Marie Repici says she is looking forward to passing this landmark ocean city restaurant on to the next set of owners. "It's gotten harder and harder and so we just, I'm just, ready to give up things."
The Chatterbox was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and underwent extensive renovation. It reopened in time for the Memorial Day Weekend, but the toll sandy took was evident.
"We only had about 12–14 inches of water, but it wrecked the whole place" say Repici. "We got through it, but it was a long winter."
The local residents we talked to about the impending sale say they want this legendary restaurant to stay just the way it is.
Ocean City resident Christopher Howells says "I think it should stay the same, you know it's not that many buildings like this, it stands out and I think it should stay the way it is."
Another local resident Jake Birch shares the same sentiment "It's a landmark, they should keep it, the big pink building on 9th street. It's always been there, we would hate to see it go."
Ocean City visitor Jim Needhammer says "It would be nice if they kept everything pretty much the same that would be great."
The property has not been formally listed for sale and there is no advertised asking price, but according to the Ocean City Tax Assessor's office the property is valued at just under a million dollars.
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