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The Dewey Inn / Boathouse Restaurant

There are some buildings in Dewey that are gone but not forgotten. The old Dewey Inn or Boathouse as it was later known as, is one of them. It stood at the end of Bellevue Street and had a long pier. Many old timers can remember crabbing off that pier.

*In the 1930's the Tindall family operated the Dewey Inn at the site. The inn was a beer garden and dance hall. After that there were a series of restaurants that operated at the site. In the late 40's, early 50's Pierce Cody remodeled the building and ran Pierce Cody's Seafood Restaurant and Captain Hank's Seafood Restaurant.

For a few years in the early '70s, it was once again the Boat House restaurant, operated by Robert Beach. Mr. Beach is now living in Newark and shared some of his information and memories. On the menu were platters of Backfin Crab Cakes for $3.50, Baked Crab Imperial for $4.95, and a 10oz. Broiled Fillet Mignon for $7.50. Appetizers of steamed clams, oysters, or clams on the half shell were $1.50. The Boat House was open year 'round for about two years. The Sammy Ferro Trio, a popular group at the time played Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings there. Many local residents of the time were regulars at the restaurant. Mr. Beach remembers fondly the Colliers who owned the canvas shop, Betty Jean McElroy, Duke Dugan, Mike Castle, Karl Schner, and Jim Lavelle.

In July of '72, Mr. Beach had a hot air balloon brought to Dewey. It was to advertise the restaurant. It was inflated at the end of Dagsworthy Street and the bay. While it never was able to take off, it was definitely the hit of the day.

After Mr. Beach gave up the restaurant, it opened again a few times as various types of restaurants and/or bars, but tragically burned to the ground in the early '80s. Today, the Bay Resort Motel stands on that spot and it is hard to imagine the old Boat House there, but if you walk to the end of Bellevue, you can still see where the old pier used to be.


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