The Dutchman’s Building Makes a Move During Renovation

Jul 18, 2018
Courtesy of: Otto Dutchman

Sections of The Dutchman’s on Cedar Bonnet Island were moved from their bayfront perch on July 12 to rest in the parking lot until new pilings are installed at the shoreline. The move is part of an extensive renovation that also involves adhering to state guidelines overseeing marine life.

Restaurant owners and operators in the Schmid family said that a spring 2019 opening is planned.

Owners added, “(If) all goes as planned, and what we’re pushing for, is The Quelle to be open Spring 2019.” They are keeping the public apprised through their website,, where videos are coming soon on the remodeling process.

Atlantic Structure Movers is contracted to move the buildings, and Buterick Bulkheading is doing the marine construction in this current phase of the multi-year project.

With bridge construction taking a front seat on the view of the restaurant right now, many passersby noticed the move of the buildings on social media rather than in person.

On Facebook, the “Otto Dutchman” page said the structure moving and new piling installation are the only allowable way to preserve the location over the water. “It’s a very ecologically sensitive project over and in the bay,” and that “not to disturb” the “marine biology is our most important concern.”

Last week, Atlantic Structure Movers set beams in the western portion of the building and posted online about the success, “these beams were set blind through 14-inch-by-14-inch holes with only radio communication, never even bumped the building.”

In the meantime during remodeling, the German recipes for which the restaurant has been known for 66 years are offered for patrons at The Octopus’s Garden in Mayetta on Monday nights and at Mickey’s Port of Call Pub in Tuckerton (formerly The Tuckerton Pub) on Thursday nights. Catering is also available during the renovation.

The Dutchman’s was started in 1952 by Otto and Thelka Schmid. Originally called Bayshore Bar, it was a small bar and dining room located in what is now the customer parking lot.

Since 1958 The Dutchman’s has been owned and operated by Robert and Joan Schmid, Robert being the son of Otto and Thelka. The current building was opened as the Dutchman’s Brauhaus in 1963, almost a year after the March 1962 storm took its toll on the original structure.

After that, several additions were made. The front dining room was an open porch until 1969. The “Upstairs” was also a porch, enclosed in 1976. An expansion to the back section of the kitchen in 1981 and to the upstairs in 1983 enabled the restaurant to do private parties and banquets.

The popular outside bar, The Quelle, opened in the summer of 1995. The name means “a source.” Customers of the restaurant and the outside bar say they can’t wait to see the renewed spot on the dining and nightlife scene. 

— Maria Scandale

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