This is a view of Swayze’s Dutch Mill Inn that was located on the Boulevard between Hamilton & Webster Avenues. Today the properties are the site of Club Karma and Luna Derosa Restaurant. The Swayze family owned numerous bars in Seaside Heights over the course of many decades such as Swayze’s Bar (present day site of Jack & Bills on the Boardwalk), the historic Parrot Club, Aztec Lounge, and the Dutch Mill Inn shown here. The Dutch Mill Inn building was destroyed by a fire that I can remember clearly. I arrived on the first fire truck which had nothing more than a 1″ hose line on a reel (practically speaking, the hose was the equivalent of a high pressure garden hose). I can recall pulling and stretching the hose line toward the sidewalk with my back toward the fire and then, as I turned around, I looked up and saw the extent of the fire. I chuckled to myself and thought, “well, this hose isn’t gonna do a damn thing!” Other better equipped engine and ladder trucks soon arrived. Some photos of the fire are posted at the Seaside Fire Museum website.
Photo from the Terry Groffie Collection