by Ann Hertzer
Hazel Heglar owned and ran the Ocean View Restaurant, a favorite Kure Beach restaurant from 1979 to 1989. It’s the old Pier House in 2010. Heglars didn’t own the building. The restaurant was opened in the summer. Business slowed down after Labor Day so was closed Thanksgiving through March. Local families did not eat out often. It was mostly tourists and fishermen. Hazel was a very good cook.
The menu had sandwiches – hamburger, hot dogs, and French fries – and home cooked meals such as fish, shrimp, steak, and fried chicken. Everybody wanted chicken. Hushpuppies were served with every meal. Beverages were mostly sweet tea and coffee. Banana and vanilla pudding were popular desserts. Vegetables were her most important item – all kinds – green beans, peas, blackeye peas, creamed potatoes, corn, squash, okra, collards, mustard and turnip greens.