Paris at the Jersey Shore

Coastal Blue in Diamond Beach.

Chef Al Paris has lots going on in Chestnut Hill: He's building out Paris Bistro in the Chestnut Hill Hotel (due in October), developing a second Green Soul health-food shop for the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market (due in August) and running Heirloom, a BYOB at 8705 Germantown Ave.

He also just opened an upmarket seafooder at the Jersey Shore: Coastal Blue, a 260-seater, serves breakfast, lunch, dinner daily and weekend brunch at the new Hotel Icona in Diamond Beach, a slice of sand between Wildwood Crest and Cape May.

Paris describes the place - which has a raw bar and plenty of outside dining - as Amalfi Coast-chic. 

Coastal Blue will operate seasonally for now and will shut down at the end of September, but Paris plans to open during Christmas and over New Year's as well as Valentine’s Day and Easter.

Where'd this all come from? The hotel's developer - Achristavest of Chester - also owns the space where Heirloom is located at the top of Chestnut Hill.