The Blow Fly Inn
A Coastal Icon
The Coast's Family Restaurant For Generations
Stories regarding the origin of the Blow Fly Inn are almost as numerous as the people who frequent the restaurant. Facts at this date in the Blow Fly's existence are hard to come by, but regardless the stories are all very colorful.
Sometime in the early 1950's Jeff Evans owned Hickory's BBQ which was located about one block away from The Blow Fly's present location. Jeff's brother, Mac had a restaurant on Courthouse Road South of the tracks. A rivalry existed between the two brothers as Mac's customers frequently asked directions to Hickory's BBQ. Voicing his frustrations, Mac would tell them, " go North to Pass Road, take a right and follow the string of blow flies.
Enter Albert Malone a frequent customer of both the Evans brothers. Mr. Malone purchased Hickory's BBQ in 1955. Albert thought the Blow Fly was a good name for the restaurant, but it took him two years to convince the telephone company before it was listed as the Blow Fly Inn in the telephone book. Mr. & Mrs. Malone (known as Al & Roberta), shortened to Bert) owned and operated the Blow Fly Inn until Al's death in 1980, after which Bert continued to carry on herself.
Over the years the Blow Fly Inn became an icon of the coast and a place where generations of families grew up. Great-grandparents, grandparents, mothers & fathers, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have all eaten at the Blow Fly Inn. Mrs. ,Malone continued to own and manage the Blow Fly until 1995 when age dictated that she retire.
Enter Dr. Victor T. Bazzone who purchased the property, business, and the name in 1995. The condition for the sale as dictated by Mrs. Malone was that the restaurant continue. True to his word Dr. Bazzone has kept the restaurant open under the management of various tenants. Mr. & Mrs. Ferrara operated the Blow Fly from 1995 to 1997 followed by Scott Weinberg from 1997 to 2016. Following a one month closure for renovations in June, 2016, the Blow Fly reopened under the management of Dr. Bazzone and his brother, John.
Fortunately, the Blow Fly Inn has been able to retain 75 % of the former employees most of have worked at the Blow Fly for 10-15 years. "Miz Betty" has been with the Blow Fly since 1985 for a total of 31 years. She is outdone only by her sister, Carol whom started work in 1977 but now works only on Sundays. Our customers will continue to receive the same service which they have come to expect from the Blow Fly.
Since reopening the Blow Fly Inn, many of our customers have commented that the quality of the food had decreased over the past few years. Our goal is a return to the quality of food served by Al and Bert and a continuation of the service which Blow Fly customers have come to expect.
We appreciated your business and hope you will come back to see us soon.