On Oct. 22, 2012, Hurricane Sandy pushed through Block Island, leaving a mess in its wake. On seeing so much destruction at Ballard’s Inn, many people wondered if the old landmark would ever open again — especially in time for the summer of 2013.
The news is that Ballard’s has not only been cleaned up and opened on time, but transformed. Stop by to see for yourself.
Jeff Kershaw, general manager, is proudly re-introducing the new face of Ballard’s to the public. Jeff describes the change, which was at great cost, as a “more upscale, inviting makeover to the restaurant and the beach for the sole benefit of the guests that come through our doors.” These renovations include even more doors and windows surrounding the building “to let the breeze and ocean sounds come in.”
Ballard’s Inn, one of few establishments on Block Island with direct access to the beach, still finds its local Twin Lobsters (“Lobster Family Style”) to be the most popular item. It’s part of the restaurant’s history. “It’s just the way it was when Paul Filippi was here except it used to be served in a big bowl. Now it’s a little more upscale,” Kershaw said. Actually, the menu offers “Lobster 12 Ways”, a variety of seafood choices, steaks and tacos — something for everyone.
Any group, large or small, can enjoy a meal in the airy, open dining room or outside at tables under a long pergola. Several porches dotted with blue umbrellas offer broad views of the harbor on one side or the ocean on the other. There’s a boat bar for tropical cocktails on the beach, and live music all day long. With such a large kitchen, Ballard’s can accommodate large groups even without a reservation.
“What else do you need,” Kershaw said, “but a beach, a chair, a drink, and a lobster with friends?”— Becky Ballard
Ballard’s Inn is located at 42 Water Street. Phone is (401) 466-2231.
“Order this …” is a weekly column celebrating the kind of delicious food and drink that can be found at restaurants and pubs on Block Island. If anyone has a recommendation that you’d like to share with our readers, contact Kari Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 466-2222.
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