Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sunday Dinner at the The Dutch Inn in Laurel

If one of the marks of longevity of a restaurant is how many times it has been mention in the obituaries of people that have worked there then the Dutch Inn in Laurel is a success.   Started in December of 1948, it has had many owners and managers, and many variations of its name.  Today it is the Laurel Dutch Inn.  Countless civic organizations have held meetings there.  Countless bride and grooms have had their wedding reception there.  It is an institution. 

above 1972 ad

Originally connected with a motel (the Dutch Courts built by E J Cannon) and was named the Dutch Shoppe in 1955 the name was changed to Dutch Inn and it was owned by Virginia Dickerson and Marion Horner. 

It is a local hometown dinner.  If you ate there in 1960 and returned today you would be at home. It recently has been freshened up with a coat of paint and some knotty pine wainscoting.  Known for having good and reasonably price food it has held its own against a number of competitors that have gone by the wayside.

1972 ad 

Besides Virginia Dickerson and Marion Horner other owners have been George and Edward Northam, Alvin and Lucy Lutz, Dennis and Lou Brittingham and I am sure a number of other people.

UPDATE: So on April 6th there was a fire and it looks totaled. 

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