The History


Since it’s opening in 1946, King Neptune’s role in the Wrightsville Beach community began to make its mark. Established and originally open by the Blankhead family it became one of the islands first seafood restaurants, and continues to be New Hanover County’s oldest, continuously running restaurant.

Remaining locally owned and cared for was a huge priority for all previous owners, as they had to face “passing the torch”. The Hedgepath family purchased the restaurant from its original owners with promises to keep its Wrightsville roots in tact. Eventually they sold the business to local restaurateur, Bernard Caroll, who upheld and continued the integrity and charm the establishment brings to the island.

In 2012, the McPherson brothers (Danny and Earl) purchased this historic landmark on Wrightsville Beach from Mr. Caroll with plans to enhance both Wrightsville Beach resdients’ and it’s visitors’ dining experience. The bloodlines of the building are still evident in the Pirate Bar, embracing the origin of the restaurant’s seafaring ambience.

With great pride, Summer 2016, marks the celebration of King Neptune’s 70th summer serving the people of this island community. Maintaining the authenticity and preserving the dream of the Blankhead family will continue to guide the vision for King Neptune’s future. A classic remains. A landmark endures.

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