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What was the first business in the Indochine building?

Ben Steelman
Fisher's Restaurant

The building's first occupant was Fisher’s Restaurant. (Courtesy Elaine Henson; postcard photo by Hugh Morton)

The familiar structure at 7 Wayne Drive, Wilmington [Map this], just off Market Street, was listed as “under construction” in the 1962 and 1963 Wilmington city directories. Its first occupant was Fisher’s Restaurant,which was open there until 1970. The business was operated by Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Fisher, who previously operated the Fisher Ranch House restaurant at 3703 Market St., Wilmington [Map this], next to the Ranch House Motel.

Subsequent restaurants in the building include the Lob Steer Inn (1971), the Garden Inn (1976), the Terrace Inn (1979-1991), the Hobbs House restaurant (1992), the Mexican restaurant El Cerro Grande (1994), A Touch of Italy (1996), Forrester’s Cafe (1999) and Farrior’s Country Buffet (2001). Indochine has been at the location since June 20o1.

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3 Responses to “ What was the first business in the Indochine building?”

  1. On August 31, 2010 at 10:02 am Elaine Henson wrote:

    I remember Fisher’s well; it was a very upscale restaurant for the day when there weren’t many places in Wilmington to go out to eat. One of the most popular times was Sunday lunch after church. The Fishers originally operated Fisher’s Ranch House on Market Street just north of where the Goody Goody House is now. I have postcards of both locations; the Wayne Drive photo was taken by Hugh Morton.

  2. On September 5, 2010 at 6:08 am robert Roush wrote:

    I think the Hobbs House entry should read 1992, not 1882. Otherwise, thanks for answering a question I’ve always wondered about!

  3. On September 5, 2010 at 11:43 am Ali McCollum wrote:

    I remember Forrester’s was a great place to go on a date! Very romantic & the mashed potatoes were amazing. I forget what cheese was in them, but it was truly divine.

    Course Indochine is like stepping into a dream. The entire menu is mouth watering. Hoping it never changes again.

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