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Yacht Dogs offers fresh variety of food and old-fashioned atmosphere

Lynn Llewellyn and her husband Bill have opened Yacht Dogs, an upscale carry-out deli restaurant in Saluda. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

Yacht Dogs is located in the historic town of Saluda next to Middlesex High School. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.  to 4 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekends are dedicated to special events.

Bill and Lynn Llewellyn found their property in 2006 and opened Yacht Dogs in April 2012. “In looking for a location, country charm and a central destination point were the main criteria,” said Lynn. “We are fortunate to be one-half mile from Route 17. Many of our customers have second homes in Deltaville, White Stone, Irvington and Urbanna.”

Bill and Lynn met over 20 years ago in Maryland and have been married for 17 years. With Lynn being a Midwest girl, and believing food portions should always be plentiful, it didn’t take long for this couple to realize there are others who would enjoy Lynn’s cooking. 

As Lynn takes charge during the day, Bill currently works in Richmond for PPG Industries where he most recently took the Pinnacle Performer Award in 2011. An Eagle Scout, Bill is a graduate of Fork Union Military Academy and the University of Maryland.

Besides serving upscale sandwiches, fresh salads and gourmet hot dogs, old-fashioned values are very evident. Most recently, the 2012 Middlesex High School graduating class was rewarded for perfect attendance and straight A’s by receiving a free Yacht Dog premium beef hot dog with a natural casing topped with chili, mustard and red onions, or a hand-dipped ice cream cone.

For the month of July, couples who have celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2012 can stop by for a complimentary fresh peach milkshake with two straws.

It’s hard to walk up to the carry-out window without hearing the sounds of either “My Girl” by the Temptations or Andy Williams’ “Moon River.”

As customers look to the right of the Yacht Dogs building, Bill and Lynn live in the charming, two-story 1936 Cape Cod Colonial surrounded by many trees well over 100 years old.

Some of the most requested menu items are rare roast beef shaved lean with provolone cheese and creamy horseradish sauce on a choice of bread; a homemade solid white Albacore tuna salad on a Kaiser roll with loads of fresh toppings; the BLT salad with fresh romaine lettuce, smoked bacon bits, tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, croutons, and choice of dressing. Homemade deli sides include potato salad and cole slaw.

In the bakery case there are sweet and salty bars, snicker doodles, lemon squares and chocolate chip brownies, to name just a few. 

As orders are being freshly made, customers can relax on an original 1950s restored metal glider.

Yacht Dogs employs five part-time employees that were extensively trained by Lynn prior to opening. Lynn is “ServSafe” certified. She completed the standards set forth by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation with a score that is in the top 5% in the country. Every one of her part-time employees is either ServSafe certified or has successfully completed the ServSafe Food Handler Training. 

Yacht Dogs is set up to do special events, including box lunches, picnic lunches, custom orders and catering. With the grounds over an acre and a half, Yacht Dogs can accommodate classic car shows, craft fairs, or family reunions. Please email Lynn at or call 758-2838 with any thoughts or suggestions.

Logo apparel including caps, T-shirts and jackets are available for sale with the custom Yacht Dogs logo that is either embroidered or printed. Gift wrapping is included.

“As you leave Yacht Dogs, one will certainly reminisce of the ‘Leave it to Beaver’ days and realize there is still old-fashioned charm in Saluda, Virginia,” said Lynn. 

By the way, one of Lynn’s employees refers to her as June Cleaver!

posted 07.03.2012

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