Outer Banks Throwback - Jockey Ridge Restaurant in Nags Head


Originally located on the beach road across from the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States, Jockey Ridge Restaurant used to be oneof the most popular spots on the Outer Banks for seafood and steak.

The first location was in close proximity to the once thrivingNags Head Casino, and the original Jockey Ridge Restaurant was condemned and torn down in 1958 as construction began on the new US 158 by-pass. Owner Pay Bayne (see in the photo) opened a new restaurant located beside Gray's Department Store (Sea Green Gallery today) and The Carolinian Hotel using the same name.

He would later sell his business to Dick Harper and Lionel Edwards in 1967, and the new owners continued to operate the second location as a restaurant.Unfortunately, in the early 1970s, a devastating fire happened and the building is still in use today as theSurfin' Spoon.

This photo was taken by Aycock Brown and is from the Outer Banks History Center vintage OBX photo collection.

You can view more photos and learn more about the restaurant from people who were actually there by visiting the Outer Banks Vintage Scrapbook's " Jockey Ridge Restaurant" photo album.


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