kelly’s tavern has closed its doors
After 32 years as a part of OBX life.
Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern has been an important part of Outer Banks life for 32, but as November ended the iconic gathering place for locals closed its doors. This blog from Carolina Designs tells a marvelous of what Kelly’s meant to the OBX and why.
“Sometime near the end of November, Kelly’s Outer Banks Tavern in Nags Head shuttered its doors for the last time. There have been other places that have closed over the years that are iconic Outer Banks institutions, but the news that Mike Kelly will be closing his signature restaurant felt like the end of an era.
Maybe it is. Maybe the difference is that from the time he took over J. Fleming Munde’s from John Lancaster and Paul Shaver in 1985 and renamed the business, Mike Kelly has gone out of his way to integrate the restaurant into Outer Banks life.
From the outset, Mike Kelly seemed to understand that a truly successful business has to be fully integrated into the life of a community. And to that end, he made his tavern available to a long list of Outer Banks causes.”