Although there is some disagreement on which family opened the first fish camp at Calabash, we know that at least a pair of sisters ran such camps, starting with outdoor oyster roasts. Over time, the operations moved indoors and offered their now-famous version of fried seafood.
The restaurant run by one of the sisters, Mrs. Coleman, was frequented by the entertainer Jimmy Durante, who is said to have jokingly called her Mrs. Calabash. The story goes that she was the origin of the tagline he used to close his performances" "Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are."
Good Night Road Dog, Where Ever Ye Be? --RoadDog