Originally built in 1937, the building that is The Bay House has always been a restaurant. We will be adding more detailed information soon as we are beginning research for a combination Historical Reference/Cook Book that we hope to publish some point in the future. If you have significant historical information about this building or the restaurants that have occupied it, we'd love to talk to you!
Briefly, though, as I understand it, David Herring purchased the building and invented The Bay House in 1978. Prior to that, he was a staff member in The Gourmet Room at Salishan Lodge, and the building was called Marietta's. In a relatively short time, David established the restaurant as a first-class dinner house. In 1985, he added a new dining room to accommodate the growing popularity.
Though I'm not yet certain of the exact date, Les Buckner was the next proprietor, taking over in 1984 or 1985. In 1993, the property was sold to Jim and Molly Bourne, and a major renovation was started. It was during this project that the second dining room was added.