During Prohibition Moores Inlet was a hotel and restaurant. The clam boats currently docked in Cape May used to dock adjacent to Moores and the clammers stayed in Moores Hotel while Mrs. Moore did all the cooking and cleaning. At the height of Prohibition a mother ship would travel to England and Russia to pick up hundreds of cases of liquor. When the ship returned it would anchor off shore and small boats would go out to the vessel and unload the liquor to carry it ashore...and to Moores. When the Coast Guard chased the "rumrunners" through the inlet, they would toss their liquor and champagne onto a sandbar, where it was forever buried. This sandbar, affectionately nicknamed "Champagne Island" lies in the ocean directly in front of Moores.
Moores has always been, and still is, synonymous with "always having a great time".
Although changes have been made over the years, the most dramatic were made in the late 70's, when the Patio deck was enlarged and two new bars were added; then again in 1989 when a full service restaurant was built adjacent to Moores Inlet.
These changes have enabled Moores to grow and change with the times, yet still retain its relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Traditions flourish as generations of families continuously come back to Moores to reminisce, to converse with old friends, and to make new acquaintances. Moores Inlet provides an atmosphere where all generations still meet and feel welcome.
Moores Inlet is a staple of the community and stands proud with its
history of 88 years of continued business. Patrons who remember the "good
old days" still come into the bar as new generations pass through the
walls of the establishment creating more history for the crowds that are
yet to come.