Captain George’s plans 100-seat expansion in KDH

By on April 13, 2016

 Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant will soon have more room for hungry customers now that it has the green light to expand its dining room and kitchen.

Kill Devil Hills commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a site plan that for the project. Construction is planned to begin once building permits are obtained.

“After seven very successful seasons, with guests waiting outside in line, the addition will surely help,” said Captain George’s General Manager Bambos Charalambous.

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With an additional 100 seats, Captain George’s will now be able seat a total of 500 guests at one time.

The seafood buffet restaurant on U.S. 158 at milepost 8.5 was built on a 2.18-acre site between Goodard Ave. and E. Baum Street in 2009. It has enjoyed a booming business ever since.

Charalambous said the additional seating will help alleviate what can be as long as a 30- to 45-minute wait during the peak of summer. Often, the restaurant will accommodate parties of up to 40 people, adding to the wait time.

The building will be expanded about 30 feet to the north, with 1,344 square feet added to the dining room and 767 tacked on to the kitchen, according to project engineer John DeLucia of Albemarle and Associates. DeLucia said architectural features will mimic those of the current restaurant.

Captain George’s has purchased two lots at the northeastern corner of Wrightsville Ave. and Baum St. that will be the site of a 25-space parking lot to accommodate the expansion.

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The added space will provide another place during the off-season for private events, said Kit Charalambous, the restaurant’s group coordinator.

“We’ve been approached in the past about hosting these large parties, so we think this addition will be positive for both the community and visitors,” she said.

She said construction would not disrupt daily operations and that restaurant owners expected the expansion to be complete by early July.

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Captain George’s, popular for its wide selection of buffet items, also has locations in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Williamsburg, Va., with its flagship location in Virginia Beach, Va.

The Kill Devil Hills restaurant is its newest venture. It opens at 2:30 p.m. during the summer for people who want to beat the dinner rush.

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