Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

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The English Diner opened in 1939 on the corner of Wicomico Street and Baltimore Avenue. Moved to 21st Street and Philadelphia Avenue in the last 1950s, it was one of Ocean City’s most popular family restaurants.

It was known as “Little City Hall” for the daily breakfast gatherings of Ocean City’s political elite during the years that Hugh Cropper, Harry Kelley and Roland “Fish” Powell served as mayors.

The English Diner was demolished in November 2005 and the Mariner’s Watch condominium was built on the site the following year.

Photo by Bunk Mann from Nov. 6, 2005

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

This circa 1915 photo is of the George Conner family, pioneers in Ocean City’s hotel and restaurant industry. George Conner (1874-1916) opened Ocean City’s first restaurant on the Boardwalk at S. Division Street in 1892; his wife, Willye Jones Conner (1886-1971) — known to later generations as Willye Conner Ludlam — purchased the Hastings Hotel in 1922. Still active in … Continue reading

Vanishing Ocean City With Bunk Mann

The Samoa and Mario’s were two of Ocean City’s most popular restaurants in the late 1960s. Located in Philadelphia Avenue between 22nd and 23rd streets, the Samoa moved two blocks north in 1969 and is now the location of a Sunsations store. Mario’s was a favorite of Ocean City’s locals and stayed open year-round serving some of the resort’s best … Continue reading