The list of reasons as to why people to choose to vacation with us at all times of the year vastly differs from one guest to another. Besides the beach and the ocean views, the variety of businesses, restaurants, shops, etc., top the list as destinations during our guests’ vacations.
Since there are so many places to visit and dine out, we would like to highlight a different business each week to share with you, and who knows, maybe you’ll learn something that you didn’t know before!
For this first week, our own restaurant, Forbes Seafood Restaurant, kicks off the business profile feature. Forbes has been in business since 1921, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to the tourists that visit the area, as well as the people of Wells. The beachfront location makes Forbes a must-visit location as they serve up tasty fried seafood, homemade onion rings, pizza, beer and wine and much more.
The restaurant was originally opened by Vander Forbes Sr., and his wife Marguerite, and has been passed down through the family, eventually being taken over by their grandchildren, Joe and Karen. The siblings still manage the restaurant, but have since sold the business to the Lafayette family, the same family that bought the Forbes Hotel that sits on the same complex as the restaurant.
The structure of the restaurant has changed over time, but still sits in the same location today. Before starting the restaurant, the Forbes family built The Marguerite Hotel in 1919 and began to indulge in the hospitality industry. After the building was unfortunately destroyed by a fire in 1965, the Driftwinds Motel was erected in its place. Vander and Marguerite’s son Vander Jr., along with his wife Mary, ran the Wells Beach Casino, which included a bowling alley and dance hall. Lafayette’s Oceanfront Resort’s main building, The Ledgeview Inn, now stands in its place.
Throughout that time, the restaurant thrived off the busy summers, with beachgoers lining up to buy ice cream to cool down from the hot summer sun, as well as grabbing one of their famous Scrambled Burgers when lunch time struck.
Forbes is open on the weekends through the early part of the summer, but is open all seven days between the middle of June until September. For more information on the restaurant, you can visit their website at www.forbesseafoodrestaurant.com or their Facebook page by clicking here.