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Kelsey Rider-Bell and Bruce Rider at the under-construction Marbletucky Inn Kelsey Rider-Bell and Bruce Rider at the under-construction Marbletucky Inn

The Marbletucky Inn, opening this summer at 189 South Bridge Road, Marblehead, will be bringing a new and yet familiar dining and entertainment experience to Ottawa County.

The tradition of island food, whether on the southern or the northern coast, is “food that makes you feel good, like you are coming home to Grandma’s house,” says manager and co-owner Kelsey Rider-Bell.

Kelsey and her husband Brian Bell and Kelsey’s father Bruce Rider are the owners and chefs of The Marbletucky Inn.  “I have been cooking with my dad since I could look on the stove, and I love it. It is time for him to retire and we want to do something together.”

Bruce Rider, born and raised on Catawba Island, is “trying to create a legacy for my daughter.” After military service, Rider lived in Kentucky, Puerto Rico and South Carolina before returning to his native north coast. 

Rider will be the pit-master for the slow-smoked barbecued pork that will be the centerpiece of the Marbletucky Inn’s menu. The Carolina-stlye vinegar-based barbecue sauce “ melts the fat from the pork and breaks down and tenderizes the meat,” says Rider. The custom-built cooker was set to arrive this past week.

Rider is also a talented musician, and has already booked several name groups for the stage that will be the focal point of the Inn.

Kelsey and Brian, both Danbury High School graduates, were married on the beach on Catawba. Kelsey has a degree in marketing and management from Tiffin University and Brian has a painting business.

The vision of the Inn is “to speak to all the senses, and to showcase everyone’s gifts,” those of the musicians, the cooks, the mural artist and the purveyors. The sound level for the blues, bluegrass and rockabilly music will be such that people can still have conversations, and all patrons will have a seat so that they can better enjoy the music and the food. The food will be home-cooking and whenever possible home-grown, using produce and meats from local providers. 

As to the name, The Marbletucky Inn, “It is a name that honors the roots of this area of Marblehead and of Kentucky,” said Kelsey. “We want to do our part to build up this community.”

The Marbletucky Inn will be open in June and at least until November, Thursday through Saturday and half a day on Sunday, from 11 a.m until midnight. For more information go to or follow on facebook.

Tentative menu

Pulled Pork, Pork Ribs, Barbecued Chicken, Smoked Sausage, Fried Catfish, Fried Chicken, Barbecue Hash, Catfish Stew, Various Seafood (on occasion and when seasonally available), Coleslaw - Carolina BBQ Style, Sweet Potato Pudding, Various Greens, Okra & Tomato (Tomato Gravy), Summer Squash, French Fries, Hush Puppies, Biscuits, Macaroni & Cheese, Rice, Beans, Kentucky Beer Cheese, Various Vegetables (as seasonally available), Banana Pudding, Various Cheesecakes, Fruit Cobbler (as seasonally available)

Live Roots music events

Doors open approx. 1 1/2 hr.s before showtime.

  • 6/2/2013 at 8:00pm, Commander Cody Band/Grand Opening
  • 6/7/2013 at 8:00pm, Horse Cave Trio
  • 6/8/2013 at 3:00pm, Horse Cave Trio
  • 6/29/2013 at 8:00pm, The Twistin Tarantulas
  • 7/6/2013 at 8:00pm, The Jimi Vincent Band
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