Stories by Russ Lay | Outer Banks Voice

Mike Kelly’s new idea waits out a pandemic

As is the case with many businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned one well-known local restaurant operator’s plans upside down. But Mike Kelly hopes and believes that will only be…

Jul 30


The restaurant-omics of a pandemic

Why COVID-19 has upended many business models As we entered into Phase Two of statewide the statewide COVID reopening scheme, local restaurants were able to take advantage of new policies…

Jun 12


For troubled OBX fishing industry, COVID-19 is one more blow

The Outer Banks’ commercial fishing industry has seen its share of problems over the past few years. Federal neglect of the Oregon and Hatteras Island inlets has caused shoaling, making…

May 21


Texts, masks, gloves, sanitizers — and good food

Why a return to indoor dining felt safe and pleasant This past weekend North Carolina relaxed its rules concerning restaurant operations in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. The new…

May 26


Need SBA help for your business? What to know

By Russ Lay  |  Outer Banks Voice Disclaimer: The following information is provided by the Outer Banks Voice and the NC STBDC for informational purposes only based upon the best…

Apr 17


Peace, love and pizza. Peace of the Pie brings a new touch to an old favorite

      Pizza. It’s already a crowded field on the Outer Banks.  One might think opening a new pizza restaurant would give the new entrants some pause. But if…

Mar 7


The Cookshak-The OBX finally has its own ‘chicken joint’

When it comes to food, the Outer Banks enjoys choices from two distinct culinary traditions. As a coastal resort, seafood has always played a leading role with local as well…

Aug 19


Reynolds Barber Shop-experience the ‘old’ OBX and a slice of Americana

A young U.S. Coast Guard member takes a seat with his wife in the store. It’s close to 4:30 and Reynolds Barbershop is approaching closing time. Two more men await…

Sep 11


Far Out Bistro is worth the ‘far out’ trip to Manteo

Quick. Name some varieties of food that tend to form the theme of a restaurant. You might have thought of food groups such as pizza, burgers, steak, pasta or even…

Aug 3


Masala Bay: Authentic Indian food has arrived on the OBX

Four of the nine people in our group consider themselves well-acquainted with Indian food, including one New Yorker. He pronounced Masala Bay equal to the Big Apple eateries he frequents.

Oct 23


Jul 24


Birding on the Outer Banks: Vultures and martins abound

This month, let’s take an in-depth look at our two vulture species, Turkey and Black. They are both large, dark birds, related to hawks, which do an outstanding job of…

Jul 10