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Culinary landmarks at Wrightsville Beach


“It’s a little bit of paradise, and sometimes it’s not even real.”

Like many people, Bernard Carroll says at Wrightsville Beach, there’s a summery feeling all year long.

“I hit the drawbridge, and felt the bridge sound under me, and I thought ‘Boy I am so glad to be home.”

Carroll owns the “Neptune.” King Neptune Restaurant in Wrightsville beach has been through it all. Built in 1947, it’s the oldest restaurant in New Hanover County. It’s had a few facelifts over the years.

“It hasn’t changed in a bad way, it’s just changed, Carroll says.

The atmosphere at the Neptune is just like it was in the late forties, a type of hospitality Carroll prides himself on.

“It’s been a mom and pop, family owned business since its conception.”

On the other side of town, David Monaghan spends his days serving beach goers eggs sunny side up.

“Even the tourists and everything that have been with me for 23 years say there is one part of Wrightsville Beach that has never changed, and hope it never does,” he said.

Since The Causeway Cafe opened it’s doors in the late 80’s, sun worshippers have made it their stop before settling down in their beach chairs.

Monaghan says the café was just as crowded two decades ago as it is now. He says the beach, however, looked different. It used to be lined with small, modest cottages.

“Now you’ve got these mega mansions at the beach, there aren’t many of these little cottages left anymore,” said Monaghan.

Two Wrightsville Beach landmarks, both part of the town’s history – and looking forward to riding the waves into its future.

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videoThrough hurricanes and a big fire, King Neptune Restaurant has remained a staple of Wrightsville Beach.

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