News Release, Town of North Beach

The Town of North Beach would like to wish The Westlawn Inn on its 15th anniversary.  This time 15 years ago, they were preparing for their daughter’s wedding at their home and her rehearsal dinner at The Westlawn Inn.  That dinner was their first event, and they opened to the public the very next week.

The Westlawn Inn is a family owned and operated restaurant, bar and live music venue located just one block from the Chesapeake Bay in the charming resort town of North Beach, Maryland. Opened in 2004 in a renovated Arts & Crafts style building that had been a guesthouse for nearly a century, the Westlawn has the look and feel of an old-time inn — where the outside world stops and dining becomes a nightly experience to cherish.

Image via The Westlawn Inn website

The inspiration to open a restaurant came from Lee’s youth and his family’s business, “Popey’s Tavern” in District Heights, Maryland. After careers in rock n roll and custom home building, he decided to get back into the hospitality industry. Friend and Mayor Mark Frazer recommended that Lee and Jan look to locate in North Beach, which at the time was beginning its revitalization as a shore resort community. That’s when Lee and Jan found a shuttered bed and breakfast in a historic building at Chesapeake Ave. and 7th Street.

Image via The Westlawn Inn website

“When we bought this building, I immediately saw the possibilities,” Lee recalls. “People would say to me, ‘You’re really going to open a fine dining restaurant in North Beach?’ Yet, with its history and design, the building just called for more of an upscale dining experience.

The “official” anniversary date would be, July 2, 2004, so here they are 15 years later! Their goal remains the same – to provide “critically-acclaimed cocktails, amazing appetizers, excellent entrees, delectable desserts, and superior service in an attractive atmosphere – to make a practically perfect evening!” They hope you find all of that to be true for YOUR dining experience then and now. 

Jan adds, “We pride ourselves in offering delicious, upscale food, and we have created an atmosphere we can only describe as “casually upscale.” While many guests come to us for an intimate date night or to celebrate a special occasion, we have just as many who visit for a weekday break, a Saturday night out or a Sunday brunch. With our live music, upstairs and downstairs dining rooms, and outdoor veranda seating during the warm months — the Westlawn Inn aims to delight you with each visit.”

In addition to their 15th anniversary, in March of this year, they opened The Guest Quarters at Westlawn.  Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!!!

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...