Resort restaurants long a part of local economy

July 20, 2021

Restaurants have long been an important part of the Delaware resort economy, and they have marketed themselves in a variety of ways, from airplane banners and billboards to newspaper ads and picture postcards like this one from the 1960s. 

Libby’s Cottage Restaurant, near the intersection of Routes 24 and 1 west of Rehoboth Beach, was a popular eating spot for many years, as was its sister operation, Libby’s Restaurant, on the ocean highway in Fenwick Island. Libby’s Cottage Restaurant eventually gave way to the Lamp Post Restaurant and then to Crabby Dick’s, which remains in operation to this day.

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