Loretta’s Surf Side Bar closes after almost 47 years


CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY)— Loretta’s Surf Side Bar has been a Carolina Beach staple for almost 47 years, but it’s time to close up shop.

Loretta Gunter is stepping out and selling the building to the new owners of Jack’s Retreat, a gourmet hot dog restaurant.

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The new owners threw her a farewell bash to honor the role that Surf Side Bar has played in the Carolina Beach night life scene, and to thank her for paving the way for Jack’s Retreat.

Loretta enjoyed her time owning the bar but says “[it’s] time to move on!”

“We’re having this going away party for Loretta here, sending her off in style and after that come Monday morning we’re gonna have a lot of construction. We’re putting a kitchen in here. Our business is Jack’s Retreat. We’re a gourmet hot dog place. We need a full kitchen a full bar so a lot of of changes, a lot of renovations,” said Michael Urti, one of the new co-owners of Jack’s Retreat.

Loretta hopes her next step is to open up a bingo parlor somewhere in Carolina Beach very soon, and Jack’s Retreat will be open by Memorial Day.