FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. (April 02, 2018) – Guy Harvey Resorts announced today that its newest food and beverage concept, Grille & Grog, has opened at its new resort in St. Augustine Beach, Florida. Veteran culinarians Joe Ronan and Ken Blydenburgh, responsible for the launch, describes the concept as “Surf-casual seafood.” As America’s oldest city, its seafaring heritage of pirates and conquistadors inspired the whimsical name.
“Four hundred fifty years on, St. Augustine beach is now a playground for all ages where kicking back and chilling out are competitive sports,” explained Ronan, Grille & Grog Executive Chef, who is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. “So we brought our A-game to the beach, with a menu designed for broad appeal yet crafted with flair and an emphasis on healthy freshness. We’ve married the surf vibe of our laid-back beach community with Guy’s scientific insights on seafood sustainability and our passion for southern-style comfort food,” he said, elaborating on the menu.
Adds Blydenburgh, food and beverage manager of the resort, “They may be dressed in board shorts or a tux, but there’s nothing casual about the expectation of our customers, especially if they are attending a social event or wedding. We sit on the sand with brand-new facilities. Our culinary and service teams are suited up but be assured, none of us is dressed for a day at the beach.”
In addition to Grille & Grog, Blydenburgh’s culinary and service teams oversee the resort’s 250 seat Nautilus ballroom complex and the new Guy Harvey Surf Shack located poolside on the beach. Blydenburgh joins the resort with a career in managing live music venues and specialty restaurants, including Lafayette’s Music Room, Planet Hollywood in Orlando and Hard Rock Café in New York City.
Christopher Pollock, managing director of lodging for Guy Harvey Resorts, summed up the launch with a nod to Grille & Grog’s historical context noting, “It’s a casual beachside place to have a great meal with attentive service. Grille & Grog is booty worthy of all the hard work pillaging and plundering that a pirate has to do during the day.”
For more information or to make reservations, please visit GuyHarveyResorts.com.
About Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts:
Guy Harvey Outpost is a collection of independently owned resorts and lodges and customized travel products that showcase unique destinations, cultures and experiences designed to stimulate guest appreciation of fragile eco-systems and awareness of local conservation challenges under the guidance of renowned marine artist, scientist and conservation advocate Dr. Guy Harvey. Outpost Signature Collection includes a 220 room resort on St. Pete Beach, Florida, the recently opened 152 room Guy Harvey Resort St. Augustine Beach and Camp Mack, a Guy Harvey Lodge, Marina, and RV Resort on Lake Kissimmee. Expedition Collection is an ecosystem of lodges and multi-day adventures in locations such as: Bahamas, Cuba, Galapagos Islands, Isla Mujeres, Mexico and Little Cayman Island. The company’s Outfitter program showcases top-of-class sports professionals including fishing guides, charter captains, and scuba, surfing and photography instructors. Visit www.GuyHarveyResorts.com for more information.