Two popular OBX restaurants seek to expand

By on January 24, 2022

Planning boards okay new Blue Moon site, additions to Jolly Roger

The Blue Moon owners plan on building an 8,700-square-foot, two-story restaurant.

Two popular Outer Banks restaurants recently moved forward with their plans to expand operations in the near future. The Blue Moon Beach Cafe in Nags Head and Jolly Roger Restaurant in Kill Devil Hills both have submitted site plans, which were reviewed and recommended for approval last week by the towns’ planning boards.

The Nags Head Planning Board on Jan. 18 unanimously recommended approval to the Board of Commissioners a plan for Blue Moon Beach Grill to construct an 8,676-square-foot, two-story restaurant at the northwest corner of U.S. 158 and E. Dove Street. If approved, the new restaurant will seat 100 patrons and have 54 parking spaces.

The Blue Moon is currently located at a smaller location in the Surfside Plaza shopping center in Nags Head. Owners Melissa and Scott Shields could not be reached for comment.

Architect for the project, Ben Cahoon of Kasten Architects, said the proposed building will be a traditional Outer Banks design, with cedar shake siding, a wrap-around porch, a grassy rear yard and lots of windows.

The Jolly Roger addition includes a new lounge added to the existing structure.

In Kill Devil Hills, its planning board, at its Jan. 18, meeting recommended approval of a site plan for the expansion of Jolly Roger Restaurant at 1836 N. Virginia Dare Trail. The site plan calls for a 4,118-square-foot lounge to be added to the existing building with a 256-foot covered deck and 23 new parking spaces.

The site plan includes filling in a portion of the existing pond at the site to increase parking and the drive aisle. Part of the plan includes the addition of a bulkhead and boardwalks along the existing pond.

If approved, Jolly Roger General Manager Andrea Sullivan said that construction would begin in September. The addition will include a new bar that is separate from the restaurant. Sullivan said that will allow for more room in the restaurant for large parties and events.

The Kill Devil Hills Planning Board recommended approval of the site plan with some conditions related to stormwater improvement, a lighting plan and landscaping plan

The Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners is expected to take up the Jolly Roger site plan at its February meeting. As for the Blue Moon, the Nags Head Board of Commissioners is also expected to consider its site plan next month as well.





County Dare, North Carolina
Dare County Tourism Board

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Visitors Bureau will hold a public meeting to review the plans for an Outer Banks Event Center. The meeting will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Keeper’s Galley building at Haven on the Banks, 115 Dove Street, Nags Head North Carolina 27959.

Still in the conceptual phase, the Event Center is intended to provide suitable and flexible space for year-round events, concerts, sports, meetings, smaller tradeshows, galas and any number of other uses. Learn more about the benefits for visitors and residents and how the Event Center is planned to complement the new Soundside boardwalk that is being designed.

Staff will be on hand to answer any questions. For additional information, please visit our Event Center FAQ page.



  • Maslin

    I think you meant the northeast corner of Dove St and 158

    Tuesday, Jan 25 @ 10:30 am
  • Lee

    Will the construction disturb all the dust in the old part. If so you might want to call the epa.

    Wednesday, Jan 26 @ 8:59 am
  • KHer

    Maslin, I believe you’re right, between the highways. The NW corner would be west of the bypass.

    Wednesday, Jan 26 @ 11:09 am