• Our Restaurants

    For over a decade, creative duo Lucas Manteca and artist/designer Deanna Ebner have owned and operated the best restaurants in South Jersey, including Quahog's Seafood Shack, and The Taco Shop (with two locations). They opened The Red Store in Cape May Point in 2012 and Lucas was nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award in 2014 for Best Chef in the mid-Atlantic region.


    Highlighting seasonality and simplicity, Chef Lucas uses all locally sourced ingredients from the tri-state area.

    "Cooking for my guests at the restaurant is like cooking for my family," says Chef Lucas. "Dining is a joy. It's an experience. Our restaurants are just a stage for you to have a good time. At the end, that's what really matters."

    Whether you’re grabbing take-out for an impromptu picnic at the beach, or looking for a memorable Cape May dining experience, we have you covered.

    The Red Store

    500 Cape Ave

    Cape May Point, NJ 08212

    Just steps away from Cape May Lighthouse, The Red Store serves new American seasonal cuisine with seaside flare. Join us for brunch/dinner, and shop authentic Jersey Shore souvenirs at our General Store.


    206 97th St

    Stone Harbor, NJ 08247

    Quahog’s Seafood Shack is a quintessential Jersey Shore experience. Families return again and again to this favorite for our unique combination of New England classics with South American inspired flavors.

    The Taco Shop

    1288 Hornet Rd

    Rio Grande, NJ 08242

    Specializing in authentic Mexican cuisine like street tacos and corn, we offer homemade fajitas and small-batch hot sauces for a taco-eating experience that is second-to-none. Our first location is next to Quahog's.

  • Bread+Butter Events

    by Shelby Townsend and Lucas Manteca

    At Bread+Butter Events, we offer the ease and simplicity of a full event planning experience under one roof.

    We believe in food with a global vision, brought to life with seasonal, local ingredients.


    We embrace creativity and progress while holding timeless standards of service.


    Our mission is to craft a menu that represents you, and to deliver the highest level of cuisine.


    Visit our Events website for more details and to contact our Events team.

  • About Bread+Butter Restaurant Group

    by Lucas Manteca and Deanna Ebner

    About Lucas Manteca

    Born in Argentina, Lucas studied hospitality management in Buenos Aires before his love of surfing drew him to Costa Rica. There, he opened his first restaurant at the age of 21, and he met his wife Deanna Ebner, a New Jersey native. The couple settled in New York City so Lucas could attend the French Culinary Institute. Lucas has spent time in some of the most acclaimed kitchens in the world, including Blue Hill (New York), Martin Berasategui (Spain), Fat Duck (UK).


    For Lucas, the bounty of local seafood and New Jersey produce is the inspiration behind his menus. His signature cuisine is a blend of New England coastal classics with South American flavors. "Growing up, farm-to-table was the way my family ate. For me, farm to table isn't a trend. It's a way of living. We take local ingredients and keep them as pure as possible. It's what I call honest food."

    Besides his 2014 James Beard nomination, he has been named Local Food Hero by Edible Jersey (2018) and was awarded Forty Under 40 (2008), amongst many other accolades.


    In his free time, Lucas is an avid surfer, and loves spending time at the beach with his wife, daughter, and two chihuahuas.

    About Deanna Ebner

    An Avalon native, Deanna was working in Costa Rica when she and Lucas met. They moved to Miami together and then New York City. After a "visit" to her hometown Jersey Shore, they never left. The duo established a home in Cape May, and went on to create, own and operate some of the best restaurants in South Jersey. Deanna is the creative designer behind the spaces of The Red Store, Quahog's Seafood Shack, and the Taco Shop. She is co-owner, and also an artist and a realtor.

  • Press

    2018 Local Heroes

    Edible Jersey (February 23 2018) by Nancy Depalma

    Every year, Edible Communities asks you, our readers, to name Local Heroes in six categories...Each winner helps to sustain the healthy bounty that defines and flavors our Garden State.

    Best Destination Towns for Dining

    NJ.com (November 20 2017) by Teresa Politano

    In Cape May, the rippling expansion, since 2011, of The Red Store in Cape May Point has been most applauded...

    Taco Shop is a hidden gem worth seeking out

    Press of Atlantic City (May 17 2017) by Scott Cronick

    Simply put, Manteca’s tacos are the best tacos in South Jersey. Hands down. No one close. Case closed. Don’t even argue...

    What to do During Your Next Cape May Staycation

    Philadelphia Style Magazine (October 18 2017) by Adam Erace

    Forever known for its sleepy beaches and historic gingerbread cottages, Cape May has a new cool factor for foodies and families...

    The Jersey Shore’s 25 Most Essential Restaurants

    Eater (June 15 2017) by Stefanie Tuder

    Everything is made in house at Red Store, an unassuming storefront that’s a contrast to the advanced cookery inside...

    10 Hottest Restaurants on the Jersey Shore

    Zagat (May 31 2016) by Zagat Staff

    Scenic and out of the way, this general store and cafe by day, fine dining destination by night is manned by Lucas Manteca...

    The Jersey Shore Seafood Scene is Changing—For the Better

    Saveur (April 25 2016) by Chris Malloy

    A new crop of fish-loving chefs is slowly but happily transforming the shore's seafood shacks...

  • Join Our Team

    Energetic, enthusiastic, exceptional?

    Contact Us

    We are always looking for talented restaurant professionals who have a true passion for food and hospitality to join us.


    If you are interested, please drop us a message here:

  • Consulting

    With more then 20 years of food and beverage management experience, we offer professional hospitality consulting services, managed by Chef Lucas Manteca, designer Deanna Ebner, and the Bread+Butter consulting team.

    1. Strategy Assessment

    We begin with an assessment of your current strategy. Whether you are developing a new restaurant or are looking to re-conceptualize an under-performing restaurant, we can help. From menu engineering to management performance, we will identify your business's strengths and weaknesses against the opportunities and threats in your competitive set before developing a project master plan with you through our consultation process.

    2. Consultation Process

    Upon reviewing the strategy assessment with you, we move on to the consultation process, which, depending on your needs, may include:

    • Concept Development
    • Feasibility/Financial Analysis
    • Product Cost Calculations
    • Site Selection
    • Facilities Design
    • Product Procurement
    • Vendor Selection
    • Restaurant Set-Up/Organization
    • Brand Identity or Re-Branding of Business
    • Marketing & Communications
    • Operations/Training Manual Development
    • Food & Beverage R&D
    • Food & Beverage Presentations
    • Wine List Development
    • Beverage Concept Development
    • Menu Optimization/Engineering
    • ‘Working’ Menu Development
    • Pre-Opening/Opening/Follow-Up Support
    • Culinary Mentoring/Training
    • Best Practices Strategic Planning
    • Management and Staff Recruitment
    • Management Training

    Get in touch with Chef Lucas to begin