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& Entertainment

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Oyster Roasts at
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The Roadside Bar and Grill has been serving top notch meals and hand crafted cocktails since 1995. We are located in the heart of Duck in one of the village’s original cottages. We hope to see you soon!

Upcoming Events

Mon 28

THE THREE AMIGOES

May 28 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue 29

THE DOME TOPS

May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed 30

THE RAMBLE

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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19 hours ago

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Arrrrgghh matey! Blackbeard’s Booty Crawl is today! Mother Earth Brewery Tap takeover and tasting at Sweet T’s 5-7 then music with The Ramble at the back bar from 7-10pm. Be there or walk the plank! Even Mark’s getting in the spirit, not sure how he’s going to cut BBQ with that sword ⚔️☠️ ...

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3 days ago

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Come join us tonight 7-10 for a professional hula hoop demonstration and fire spinning after dark!! We encourage you to bring the whole family and learn some fun moves 🤸🏼‍♀️

Special tonight is local pan seared Mahi Mahi over pepper jack cheese grits, collard greens and a lemon basil butter sauce 🍋🐟
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7 days ago

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🍻🎶 ☠️⚓️🏝🗡 AHOY MATEYS!! ...

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7 days ago

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A message from Ashley about the happenings with the Back Bar:

​ Mark and I have been working and playing in Duck since the mid 80’s and have always been an active part of the village. Things were a bit looser in those days. No real police presence. A sherriff would come by every now and then and make sure everyone was doing all right. The fire department was volunteer and the one truck was sometimes used to ride around singing Christmas carols. We married in Duck Methodist Church in early 87. September of 87 we created - along with Bob Furr, Rex Peters, and David Price – The North Beach Trash Festival. We cleaned a lot of trash off the beaches and waterways for the next 6 years. (we are bringing it back. 9/29. Stay tuned…) Mark was part of creating The Duck Business Alliance in the early 90’s. They took on the Food Lion Corporation and helped to fight and stop the building of a Food Lion in Duck on what is now the town green.
We signed the lease on the old Hines house in 1994. Mark and I did all the work to renovate the house into The Roadside and opened the doors in May of 95. Those were the days when Duck was still a village and fell under Dare County’s jurisdiction. Lorraine Tillet was the planner and she would come and visit every few months to make sure we were doing ok and see if we needed anything. Again, things were a bit looser. We have worked very hard to create a successful business and were able to purchase the property in 2010 . The Roadside has been written up in Southern Living, Gardens and Guns , and American airlines travel magazine as well as many local publications. We have been featured on The Food Network. All have brought positive attention to Duck.
Mark and I created The Backside Bar in 2011. We were the 1st backyard bar in Duck. In 2013 the town asked us to apply for a conditional use permit which we were granted. It was only for 2 years and we were told to come back and re apply to make sure all was well. That permit expired on July 3, 2015. It was our responsibility to re apply. We failed to do so but the town did nothing to notify us – and even awarded us with the best business for the 4th of July parade that year. The Backside grew and became more popular. We got rid of the port o pot and added bathrooms, built a bit onto the bar to add another cooler, improved the stage, and added an extra storage shed. We built an outdoor kitchen when the grill bill was passed to try and accommodate the hungry people that were looking for a casual meal. We did not apply for permits for any of this because we did not believe we needed to as all the projects were under $15,000.
The town sent a registered letter on 2/9/2018 which stated the entire Backside Bar was out of compliance. The staff compiled a 19 page recommendation letter which listed all of our sins. Parking issues, set back issues, permit issues. Anything they could come up with really. Even said things like the Backside “ doesn’t seem to offer much to the architectural character of the community”. The bottle tree arch has to be one of the most photographed things in Duck! The town of Duck has inherited a village full of quirky old buildings – and quirky old characters – many of which are out of compliance. The Roadside will need to be granted some relief from some of these issues.
We are doing our best to work with the town but need your public support. We have never had a problem with the health department or the police department. We know of only one complaint about the music after 10 (it was 10:04) and promptly shut down the band. The Backside helps to support many local musicians and provides a living for quite a few bartenders. We have fund raisers for local charities and parties for local birthdays and weddings. We have tried our best to provide a place for people of all ages to gather and just have some fun. So please come out to the meetings and show us some love . If you cannot make it to the meetings please take the time to email the town council members. Their addresses are available on the town website. Planning board meets @ 6:30 on June 13. The big and final meeting before the town council is July 18 @ 7. This is where we really need some support.
Beverages for all at The Backside after!!
Thank you all for the kind words and support.

Peace, love, & fun for all,
Ashley
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