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What happened to The Cabana Club?

Ben Steelman

We don’t know.

In the 1950s, the Cabana Club was the closest thing Wilmington had to a nightclub. It was located on Oleander Drive – back when it was known as “the Wrightsville Beach Highway” — in the vicinity of┬áSeagate, although we haven’t been able to find the address.

It doesn’t pop up in Wilmington city directories for the 1950s and 1960s (possibly because it was in an unincorporated area), nor is it listed in period phone books.

Some folks on Facebook’s “Hometown Memories of Wilmington” group had memories of their parents going there. Henry Wright says that Vera Shands sang there sometimes

. Ron Phelps said it started as The Pink House, became the Flamingo Supper and then morphed into The Cabana Club, under different owners. (It might also have gone by The Key Club; Phelps isn’t sure.) Around 1958, according to Phelps, the Carmen family took over the restaurant, renaming it Carmen’s, after the original Carmen’s location closed was destroyed by fire. From 1958 to 1968,

Carmen’s was located on Oleander Drive, not far from Flip’s Barbecue. For more about Carmen’s click here.

If anyone can offer additional information, we’d love to hear from you.

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One Response to “ What happened to The Cabana Club?”

  1. On April 21, 2017 at 2:46 pm rob gaines wrote:

    In the late 40s and early 50s, the Cabana Club was owned by James Cavanaugh, a retired naval officer whose family, wife Frances and daughter Patsy, shared a lovely home on Jackson Street in Sunset Park with his sister Molly Everett.

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