Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant Celebrates 30 Years

Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant Celebrates 30 Years

June 18, 2015, marked the 30th year in business for Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant. Mike and Willo Kelly gave a shout-out and heartfelt thanks to long time employees: Glenda Morse, Mary Ann Newman, Vickie Downs, Charlie Edmond and Toni Pfeiffer (better known as the Biscuit Lady). To commemorate the anniversary, Mike commissioned local sculptor, Louie Hoppe, for a unique piece of art.  Named OBX Catch, this large metal-crafted shrimp epitomizes Kelly’s dedication and use of fresh caught, locally harvested seafood. The shrimp is on display in the front yard at Kelly’s.

OBX Catch

OBX Catch

Kelly’s caters small or large events, weddings and family reunions. Give us a call at 252-441-4116.

Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant Celebrates 30 Years

The History of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day: A day for parades, leprechauns and shamrocks, kissing all those who are (or claim to be) Irish, and drinking green beer. And while we may spend the day pinching those who forgot to wear green, it’s actually the color blue that was traditionally associated with the patron Saint! Despite the fact that St. Patty’s day is celebrated all around the world, there are many otherNever new where St.Patty's Day originated from? Read more! misconceptions about the Saint, the history and the symbols that surround it, as well as the festive traditions that we’ve all come to love. 

  So, if you want to impress your friends this March, read on for some fun facts that will turn your friends’ eyes green (or blue!) with envy.

The History 

  For only one day out of every year, it seems everyone is suddenly determined to declare their Irish heritage. But did you know that St. Patrick himself wasn’t even born in Ireland? He was actually born in Britain to Catholic parents and led a happy life until the age of 16. His privileged life suddenly took a turn for the worse when slave raiders captured him and took him to Ireland. 

  After six years in captivity, Saint Patrick escaped and, on his voyage home, he envisioned returning to Ireland to teach the then pagan Island about Christianity. And for 30 years, this is just what he did. While there, he founded more than 300 churches and baptized over 120,000 people. He died of natural causes on March 17, the year of which is uncertain.

The Traditions

  The first St. Patrick’s Day parade actually took place in the United States in 1762 when Irish soldiers who were serving in the English military marched through New York City. Much like the first, earlier parades were often military celebrations. With the Irish population swelling, parades were common among Irish communities throughout both America and Canada by the mid-nineteenth century. Now, more than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States with New York City and Boston hosting some of the largest celebrations. Between 150,000 and 250,000 people march in the New York City parade alone, with more than 2 million watching.

  While many choose to celebrate this day by drinking beer (green or otherwise), drinking wasn’t even allowed on St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland because the day was meant to be a religious observation. All pubs had to shut down every year on March 17 until the law was overturned in 1970.

The Symbols

  The purpose of wearing the color green on this festive day is to promote Ireland, or “The Green Isle.” Children and adults alike find it in good fun to pinch those who refuse to don the color, although it is still unclear where this tradition came from. Apparently, all you have to do to be Irish is wear green on this one day Chicago even began dying the Chicago River green for the day in 1962, using vegetable dye. Although they began to use less dye that would only keep the river green for four to five hours, for environmental reasons, this tradition may be discontinued soon.

  You might as well forget about those cheerful leprechauns.  Not only did they have absolutely nothing to do with St. Patty’s day, but that jovial little man dressed in green is of an entirely different sort than the cantankerous and tricky kind found in Irish folklore. 

  As for the Shamrock, it is said to have been used by the Saint himself as a tool to teach the doctrine of the Holy Trinity to the Irish pagans. Because of this, it was chosen as Ireland’s national emblem. 

So whether or not you are fortunate enough to be of Irish blood, make sure that you wear your greenest shirt this March 17th, pin on a shamrock or two, and hope that the luck of the Irish is coming your way.

Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant Celebrates 30 Years

Kelly Hospitality Group Loves a Parade!


March is just around the corner and with it comes the most beloved Outer Banks event – the Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Held on Sunday, March 17, 2013, the parade starts promptly at 1pm, rain or shine, and features cars, floats, marching bands and more that line up and travel from MP 11.5 to MP 10.5 in Nags Head to celebrate the greenest holiday of the year.  With over 10,000 spectators watching about 1,500 participants, this is one of North Carolina’s largest parades.  Mike Kelly, CEO/Owner Kelly Hospitality, says that “the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is part of a hugeKelly Hospitality Group love a good parade!  weekend on the Outer Banks.  It is how the locals say goodbye to winter and welcome spring to the Outer Banks.”

Throughout the entire St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the Outer Banks is buzzing with activity.  From the crowds that descend upon this barrier island for the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach to the athletes who come on Saturday to run in Kelly’s Running of the Leprechaun 8K to Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, itself, there are so many things to do.  The parade is the perfect lead in to the TOB judging at Kelly Hospitality’s own Pamlico Jack’s.  

Kelly Hospitality Group and its three landmark restaurants have been fixtures on the Outer Banks for many years.  In addition to supporting community efforts, Kelly Hospitality Group is known for its superior service with Outer Banks catering abilities at many area parties, weddings and other events of any sizes. 

For more information about how to participate in the 24th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, contact Kelly’s Restaurant or go to Kelly’s website.  Kelly Hospitality Group owns and operates three restaurants:  Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern and Pamlico Jack’s in Nags Head and Mako Mike’s in Kill Devil Hills.  

Taste of the Beach is Just Around the Corner

As we welcome the New Year, we start to look at our calendars and plan the upcoming events.  One of the Outer Banks favorite events is Taste of the Beach.  Set for March 14 – 17, 2013, this hugely popular event brings the best food, libation and fun to North Carolina’s barrier islands.  And, as always, we plan to be a major player during the festivities with two of our landmark restaurants hosting events over the weekend.

Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern is set to host a “Six Course Celebration of Northeast North Carolina” on Friday evening.  At this event, Kelly’s executive chef will prepare delicious food with a local flare and pair them with beer and wines from area breweries and wineries.

Then, again, on Sunday, Kelly’s steps into the limelight with its annual St. Patrick’s Day party which is a favorite spot to celebrate the Irish culture.  For anyone mentioning Taste of the Beach, Kelly’s offers a special discount for stopping by to party in green.

Another of our restaurants is also hosting events throughout Taste of the Beach.  Pamlico Jack’s is set for a Caribbean party on Friday and Saturday nights.  The “Rum Tour and Island Bites” party features delicious tropical food and drinks in a buffet style fare capped off with an OBX tradition – Outer Banks Rum Cake.

Finally, on Sunday night, the event is capped off at Pamlico Jacks with the Grand Tasting where the real fun starts.  During two sessions, judges and guests vote for their favorites in several categories including Best Booth, Best in Show, Best Outer Banks Catch, Chef’s Awards and the People’s Choice Awards.  At the close of the second session, officials announce the winners following the second session.  In years past, Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern has won the People’s Choice Award & finalist in many categories.

Kelly’s participation in Taste of the Beach gives people the opportunity to enjoy its restaurants’ food as well as see first-hand why so many locals turn to its restaurants for their Outer Banks catering.

With just about 10 weeks until the event, we urge visitors planning to attend Taste of the Beach to make their reservations now as this event always sells out.  We will see you at Taste of the Beach.

Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant Celebrates 30 Years

Always Count on Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern

Open 364 days a year, area residents and guests always count on us at Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern.  In business for over 30 years, we are an Outer Banks tradition.  Visitors read about the restaurant before heading to the Outer Banks and even drive past it.  Locals love the camaraderie that comes from living here and bring their friends and families simply because they know that we will give them a great meal followed by some fun entertainment.

One thing that makes us so popular is that we treat our guests like family.  Whether regulars or dining here for the first time, each person is welcomed at the door.  Since we opened our doorsYou can always count on kellys!, over three million people have come here as we cater to pretty much everybody from seafood aficionados to land lovers.    This is just as perfect a restaurant for large groups as it is for small, intimate dinners for two.

For anyone wanting to extend the evening or simply go out for some fun, our Tavern is also a perfect place to settle for the evening.  The Tavern is a favorite for those wanting to hear live music from great local and regional bands or make it a big night of dancing. If a big dinner is not in the plan, then the Tavern is the answer as we offer a lighter, more casual menu.

As for Outer Banks events and parties, no one handles the details like us.  Whether catering the food or handling the entire event, we make sure everything goes off without a hiccup.

No matter the desires for the night, Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern is truly a one-stop restaurant that accommodates everyone.  We want everyone to enjoy themselves and have a great dinner.  We look forward to another 30 years.  Remember the doors are always open…except on Christmas.  After all, everyone needs a little time with family.