Monday, June 19, 2017

Ocean City, MD "Things That Aren't There Anymore" | Attractions and Places that are Gone

This blog post is about businesses, places and attractions of days gone by in the coastal resort town of Ocean City. I needed a place to put all this stuff as it happens so I don't forget it, and while there's only a few entries now I will be adding more photos and info in the future.

June 16th, 2018: So sad to learn that dear Norman, aka "Boardwalk Elvis", has gone to the skies above. We send our love to his family ❤ fly high Norman!

6.16 Ocean City's "Boardwalk Elvis" Passes Away

Watch: The story of Boardwalk Elvis

6.16 Norman Webb, also known as Boardwalk Elvis, dies at 78


May '18 "Boardwalk Elvis" Given Key To Ocean City

5.25.18 Boardwalk Elvis, The Original Boardwalk Street Performer, Honored With Key To Ocean City

1.8.13 Ocean City’s Legendary Boardwalk Elvis

Boardwalk Elvis via

8.16.11 ‘Boardwalk Elvis’: An Ocean City icon

• • • • • THE 94TH STREET MALL

In the spring of 2018, demolition work finally began on much of the 94th Street Mall. Mostly empty for the last 10-15 years, the parts which remain are the grocery store on the left side of the parking lot (formerly Super Fresh and now Acme), and Roses, located on the highway.

Video from the Facebook page
2.8.18 OC Mall Demolition Work Planned, But No Redevelopment Plans Near
2.9.18 Demolition Permit Granted for 94th Street Mall in Ocean City
2.13.18 Demolition Underway for Long Unflattering Mall in Ocean City
2.15.18 Demolition has begun at the 94th Street mall in Ocean City


A last look at the downtown English's location (15th street and Coastal Highway) after closing several years ago. It's been renovated and is now a different restaurant, however the familiar names and simple brown structures that once dotted the streets are fading from the town.

A couple of old postcards featuring the iconic restaurant, however only the image featuring the rooster appears to be from this location at 15th street.

2.16.17 New Restaurant Planned For Long Dormant English’s Site

9.29.16 English's 'famous fried chicken' property sells in Ocean City for $1.8M

1.20.15 English's Family Restaurant to be auctioned in OC

1.19.15 English's Chicken, Ocean City landmark, headed for auction


January 10th, 2018: This Facebook post on Trimper's Haunted House - Ocean City, MD shared the news that the Aladdin statue had departed from the amusement park. (Photo credit Trimper's Haunted House Facebook page).

"BREAKING: Aladdin has left the building. After over 40 years as a staple of Trimper's Rides, the Aladdin's Lamp funhouse (Salem Aleikum) has been permanently retired. Installed around 1975, the Arabian Nights-themed funhouse, complete with a genie who bowed his head from his seat atop the ride's entrance, offered a variety of dark corridors, floor obstacles, a maze, and illusions that made anyone proceed with caution and a sense of intrigue. Another one for the memory book, folks." More information on the website.

News Article: "Trimper's: Losing the lamp, but maintaining the magic"

Follow Trimper's Rides on Facebook here.

• • • • • JR'S RIBS

Remember J/R's, "The place for ribs?" It was an Ocean City favorite and beloved destination for than forty years.

There were two locations in OC, one at 140th street and the other at 62nd street, right as you would come off of the Route 90 bridge. (this postcard shows one in Rehoboth as well but that must have been before my time)

I took this in 2014 at the 62nd street location. It was the second one to close with the final season being summer 2015.

This is a photo of the North OC restaurant as it morphed into the Tokyo Crab House & Buffet in the spring of 2016.

Sadly, the 62nd Street building sat empty for almost two years. Here was the rental listing

December '15 "End Of An Era In Ocean City For J/R’s, Owner Jack Hubberman"
Baltimore Sun, Dec '15 "J/R's Ribs in Ocean City has closed"
November 2016 "Remembering Ocean City 'Rib King' Jack Hubberman"

• • • • • The Lagoon Restaurant

Info via Wayne Cannon: "I would say that the Lagoon was there in the latter 1940's and through the 50's. The original Embers was on 9th Street and Boardwalk or just down the street from it. Sam and Irv Taustin opened that in the latter 50's. They would leave that area and move to where they are now and incorporate the Lagoon in their new Embers Restaurant."

"The Lagoon Restaurant was located where the current Embers Restaurant is located on 23-24th Street on the Bay. When it was the Lagoon it was owned by Dick and "Iggy" Hall and it was one of the first upscale, sit down restaurants in OC. The Taustin's bought the restaurant and property and built the Embers. The Lagoon was incorporated into the building of the Embers."


Signs of Ocean City, Part I
Classic Beach Motels
Albums for the Delmarva Peninsula on Flickr
Ocean City, MD Pinterest Board
Signs of Ocean City, Part II
Maryland's Eastern Shore on Pinterest
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