Mako Mike’s demolition scheduled this week  

By on March 26, 2023

New EMS Station and KDH Fire Station to be built

(Photo credit: Mark Jurkowitz)

Update: This is what Mako Mike’s looked like at about 9:30 in the morning of March 27.


One of Dare County’s best-known restaurants is slated for demolition this week, with work to remove Mako Mile’s Beach Grille in Kill Devil Hills beginning on Monday, March 27. The site is being cleared to pave the way for the new Dare County EMS Station 1 and a Kill Devil Hills Fire Department facility.

Two years ago, owner, Mike Kelly, sold Mako Mike’s to Dare County for a reported price of $1.95 million. Kelly bought the business in 1994 with the late Frank Gajar. Mako Mike’s was the third restaurant Kelly has sold in recent years. In 2017, he sold his signature Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern in Nags Head to German grocer Lidl and in 2019, the Dare County Tourism Board purchased Pamlico Jack’s, also in Nags Head.

According to the Dare County website, a new 31,000 square foot fire station will be constructed on the site and construction of the new EMS station is expected to be completed in the spring of 2024.

“Once completed, the new EMS Station 1 in Kill Devil Hills will be the largest EMS facility in the county and enable Dare County EMS to further improve its response times and provide residents and visitors with an even higher level of response to the influx of emergency calls that are received by the department on a daily basis,” the site states.




Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).



  • Czarina

    Change is sad. Mike Kelly has had a great career with his restaurants!

    Sunday, Mar 26 @ 6:46 pm
  • West 3rd girl

    The a reason they had to build a new facility is because there’s too many freaking people down here. I miss the days of growing up down here and we had our own time with the beach without vacationers being here. Let’s be honest about the situation it’s not us that they’re building a new facility for it’s because the tourism is outrageous.

    Monday, Mar 27 @ 7:20 am
  • John Lappe

    I think west third girl needs to get over herself. The tourists are why there are jobs on the Outer Banks. I’ve been going there since 1960 as a tourist. I will admit it’s almost too crowded anymore with all the huge McMansions, but I guess that’s progress.

    Monday, Mar 27 @ 6:57 pm
  • Mike Raphone

    Sorry, John. I think West 3rd Girl is right on the money. It was great here until about the late 80’s.

    Tuesday, Mar 28 @ 5:22 pm