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Are there plans to demolish the iconic Paul’s Place diner once the property sells?

Serving about 1,000 hot dogs a day, Paul’s Place is a Pender County institution. StarNews photo by Paul Stephen.

Residents and visitors who love eating at Paul’s Place restaurant in Rocky Point, whose famous hotdogs have attracted customers from across the country, would be relieved to know that the “for sale” sign near the restaurant does not mean that the diner is closing.

A sign that sits just a few feet away from the restaurant, located at 11725 U.S. 117 South, indicates that 28 acres of land are for sale.

But Linda Paul, a partner in the restaurant, said the restaurant is not closing. She said the sign indicates the restaurant will likely have a new neighbor.

“We’re looking to add another business on this corner,” Paul said. “We’re not closing. A lot of people think we are. That sign fools everybody. … It’s about adding other businesses over here on this corner. Eventually we would love to get a new updated building, but that’s just speculation right now. … Right now we’re just trying to draw new businesses because we’ve got 28 acres here.”

For decades, Paul’s Place – “Famous since 1928” — has been a Pender County institution known not only for its hot dogs but also for its trademark relish.

Paul’s Place was opened in 1928 by A.A. Paul as a combination restaurant, service station and country store. Its initial location was just a few yards from its present building.


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