Enjoy a private dinner in style at the Exit Zero filling station

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CAPE MAY, NJ – The bustling town on the southern tip of New Jersey is bustling year round.

One of its notable landmarks is the Exit Zero filling station, aptly named beyond the very last exit of the Garden State Parkway.

“Cape May has a special and special vibe,” said Jack Wright, the owner of Exit Zero filling station, who originally started out as a hometown magazine editor who continues to this day.

A resident of the Jersey Shore for 20 years, Wright is originally from Scotland.

“I come from a place where people eat Indian food like Americans eat pizza,” he said.

That’s why he started his catering business selling Thai and Indian food. The Exit Zero brand has become so popular that it has grown into an America-themed hybrid restaurant, gift shop, magazine publisher, and gas station.

The unusual merger of companies flourished for two years before encountering a new challenge: the COVID-19 pandemic. Exit Zero paired its gasoline pump stations with dining tables, creating a quirky aesthetic that has become popular with customers.

But once the winter months started to arrive, they had to create a warmer alternative.

“We started ski tents, little ski cabins,” Wright said. Now families can reserve their own winter fort in the parking lot, paired with its own heater and ski-related gear.

In addition to the limited indoor dining options, Wright partnered with a local artist to design even more private dining spaces.


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