“It was a big place. Four hundred seats,” daughter Julie Kemp said Wednesday. “People came from Jupiter and Miami. They came from far and wide. The lines would wrap around the restaurant.”
A favorite was “chicken shortcake,” creamed chicken and gravy over a homemade biscuit. And cinnamon rolls to die for. And the pies. Lemon was tops, with its “mile-high” meringue. Coconut. Apple. Pecan. Chocolate. Strawberry shortcake.
Otley worked the kitchen. Lucille baked pies and worked the dining room.
The Scotts retired in 1978, handing over the operation to son Jerry. He retired two years later and went on an around-the-world sailing trip, but later vanished at sea.
His son Steve ran the restaurant briefly, but couldn’t keep up with the big chains.
Lucille and Otley’s served its last lemon meringue pie June 14, 1998.