VIRGINIA BEACH – Keeping the memory alive of my grandparents and uncle’s restaurant, Duck-In, continues to be lots of fun.
The restaurant, founded in 1952, was located on Route 60 at the entrance to the Lynnhaven River. It was a roadside bait shack, but my grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. W.R. Miller, turned it into a local seafood restaurant, way before the word “locavore” was hip. They named it Duck-in because it was so little you could quickly “Duck-in” and out.
Growing up, I did not know it was a hipster place; instead it was merely authentic in the way they only late local food, with beers from distributors they knew.
It closed over a decade ago when the real estate boom made the family an offer it could not refuse.
I maintain the duck-in.com website, and hope to maintain it until the restaurant is rebuilt somewhere along the water on the Chesapeake Bay. Wish to join the current Duck-In community? I also administer the Fans of Duck-In Facebook page.