Dock-And-Dine Boatyard Restaurant By YOLO, S3 Owners To Open Oct. 17
Bimini Boatyard's replacement is almost here, and it could be the next big dock-and-dine destination in Fort Lauderdale.
After undergoing a three-month renovation, the re-imagined restaurant, called Boatyard, is opening on Saturday, Oct. 17—in time for the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show as promised.
The dockside eatery's re-design was led by The Restaurant People, which owns Fort Lauderdale favorites such as YOLO, Fork & Balls and S3. The group will run the restaurant in partnership with Bimini Boatyard's original owners, Hudson Capital Group.
“Fort Lauderdale is considered the Yachting Capital of the world, and we have built a restaurant and entertainment venue that will embrace and exemplify this culture,” Tim Petrillo, president of The Restaurant People, said in a press release.
The Restaurant People's executive chef, Peter Boulukos, and Boatyard executive chef Doug Reiss worked together closely to create the menu. Boatyard will employ an "Eat Local, Be Coastal" philosophy, serving up an eclectic seafood menu of daily catches fresh from local fishermen, raw bar and shellfish selections, wood-fired steaks, and more.
The focus on fresh seafood is so central, in fact, that Boatyard will offer a traveling raw bar cart so guests can choose their seafood selection tableside.
From a wall of vintage porthole windows, to a chandelier made of spiraling oars, the restaurant's updated decor aims to reflect a cross between antique boathouse and mid-century chic. Boatyard's interior features raw materials, such as rope and driftwood, as well as copper lighting pendants and marina-blue accents.
Inside, the open-kitchen restaurant provides communal dining, lounge seating and a copper-top bar. Outdoors, Boatyard's 80-seat patio is surrounded by fire pits, much like at The Restaurant People's other eateries, and a massive Gumbo Limbo tree will be adorned with rustic lanterns to light up the docks and Intracoastal views.
Most importantly, the "yachty-chic" restaurant has 120 feet of dockage space fitting boats up to 75 feet in length for those who wish to dock and dine.
The restaurant will be open 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday, and noon to midnight Saturday. Dinner will be served nightly, with lunch service six days a week and a la carte brunch on Sunday.
Boatyard plans to offer live music and entertainment regularly and host special events throughout the season.
For more information, visit boatyard.restaurant.
A wall of vintage porthole windows
An 800-pound, 35-foot chandelier made of 70 spiraling oars of all colors and sizes
Photos courtesy Boatyard restaurant