Monday, October 08, 2012

Pony Island Restaurant Place-mat

I recently enjoyed a pleasant and delicious dinner at the Pony Island Restaurant. For forty years the Pony Island Restaurant has been using place-mats designed by Kitty Martin Mitchell. It is a classic design, showing the village of Ocracoke and two Outer Banks steeds galloping down the beach, their manes blowing in the wind.

Whenever I dine at the "Pony" with off-island friends I explain that Kitty produced the drawing for the place-mat immediately after a breakup with her boyfriend at the time (I won't mention his name...but he is kin to me, and started Ocracoke's best known pub). I then proceed to identify the location of the boyfriend's home on the map. You can find it yourself. Click on the image below, then lay a straightedge on your computer screen.

Place the straightedge so that it connects the middle of the last "T" in "Restaurant" at the top of the drawing with the apex of the "A" in "Island" at the bottom of the drawing.

Next, lay the straightedge so it connects the top right hand corner of the place-mat and the "D" in "Island" in the box that reads "Pony Island Restaurant & Motel."

The intersection of those two imaginary lines is where the ex-boyfriend lived!

Just a bit of island trivia. I hope you enjoyed a little insight into Ocracoke humor.

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  1. Anonymous8:18 AM

    Love the Pony Motel and Restaurant! That is pretty funny that she did that.

    Phillip, we are seriously considering coming down the week of November 4th. Is there any chance you still give Ghost Tours at that time? (Kids did one side of the island and want to take the other...just loved it.) Also, what is best place to see a calendar of events for that time of the year? I appreciate your help.

  2. Anonymous9:13 AM

    Well it never occurred to me until now to ask this question. Pony Island -- where is Pony Island??. Was it a play on words for Coney Island? Do you know the story behind that name?? Anyway, the art work would look great on a Tee shirt-- plus she could make a few bucks selling them as so--uvenirs and such --but a place mat the back ends of some horses -- from a marketing meals position I say a series should be developed and the place mats could become collector items laminated place mats available for purchase etc etc. Now the second place mat could have a drawing of the restaurant itself or the windmill with an iconic Pony near by artistic license granted of course.

  3. Anon 8:15 & 9:13 -- Our last Ghost and History Walk for 2012 will be October 30.

    For the latest information about things going on in the village see the Ocracoke Current web site (

    "Pony Island" is just another (unofficial) name for Ocracoke.

  4. Love this post, since the Pony Island Restaurant was the first place we ate way back in 1989. It remains my favorite place for breakfast. I have always liked the place mats.

  5. Anonymous10:52 AM

    Then there was the fellow who planned to use the Pony Island placemat to navigate his way to Portsmouth Island.

  6. Anonymous11:24 AM

    Well the placemat is missing the Zip code the zip code --- now that needs to be as memorable 90210 what is your zip code ?? that would be an inside thing much like OBX or MDI for maine

  7. Anonymous2:56 PM

    Pony Island Restaurant does have great food and a comfortable, cozy atmosphere. I remember those placemats, but you have shared yet another fascinating tidbit for NC Mainlander to enjoy. Rather clever of the young lady to include the ex-boyfriend's home. Guess GPS would be easier to find it now? :)

  8. Your generosity in sharing this infomraiton means so much. Thanks a million.