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Bimini Boatyard Will Be Transformed Into An Entirely New Waterfront Restaurant By YOLO, S3 Owners

UPDATE (Aug. 26, 2015): Bimini Boatyard's replacement, a re-imagined restaurant simply called Boatyard, will be opening this fall in time for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, a representative of the venue has told Fort Lauderdale Daily. The waterside dining concept will serve a seafood-centric menu with fresh, daily catches and offer a "yachty-chic, upscale vibe."


Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill, which has been a waterfront dining destination in Fort Lauderdale for more than 25 years, will be closing for business on Friday and reopening as a new restaurant after a three-month transformation.

The restaurant’s last day of service will be Thursday, July 9, and it is scheduled to reopen to the public in October. 

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When Bimini Boatyard last underwent an overhaul in 2013, owner Steve Hudson, of Hudson Capital Group, said he didn’t want to stray away from what has made Bimini popular for a quarter of a century. 

"We're not going to compete with YOLO, S3, places like that," Hudson told the Broward-Palm Beach New Times back then. "We're not trying to be trendy."

But now the hospitality group that owns those restaurants—as well as Fork & Balls and other popular eateries—will be directing the new restaurant in partnership with Hudson Capital Group.

“Tim [Petrillo] and his partners at The Restaurant People continuously deliver fresh new dining concepts to the market that speak to customers and keep them coming back for more,” Hudson said in a press release.

The unnamed new establishment will be a modern waterfront-dining concept that resonates with Fort Lauderdale’s yachting community, according to Petrillo, president of The Restaurant People.

The overhaul will focus on a redevelopment of the expansive outdoor patio and seating area, as well as the onsite dockage. Construction will begin this month and run through September.

Petrillo said his goal is for the restaurant to stay ahead of the curve.

“This is a prime location and waterfront destination in Fort Lauderdale,” he said.

Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill; 1555 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale