Own a restau­rant in par­adise

Own­ing an eatery in a re­sort des­ti­na­tion is a fab­u­lous lifestyle

The Amherst News - - TRAVEL - BY STEVE MACNAULL

Bam!

Do you want to own the restau­rant in Her­nando Beach, Florida celebrity chef Emeril La­gasse gave two thumbs up?

La­gasse, fa­mous for his two thumbs up, ‘bam!’ and ‘kick it up a notch’ ges­tures and catch phrases, dropped by R Beach Restau­rant for his Emeril’s Flor­dia TV show on Food Net­work.

And he liked what he saw – a sprawl­ing eatery, tiki bar, ban­quet hall and pa­tio on a bay wa­ter canal off the Gulf of Mex­ico.

He also loved what he de­voured – black­ened grouper, sea scal­lops, seafood bisque, herb and lemon but­ter mus­sels, An­gus steak and greco pasta with shrimp.

“Oh, I have lots of sto­ries about R Beach and Emeril is just one of them,” said R Beach owner Fred Ja­vidi, 57, with a laugh.

“But, it’s time for me to re­tire and spend some more time on the boat fish­ing. Then I’ll be the one tak­ing ad­van­tage of R Beach’s you-catch-it-we’ll-cookit pro­gram.”

Ja­vidi ex­pects the buyer of the

water­front prop­erty and busi­ness, listed for sale for US$1.2 mil­lion, will be some­one from up north who wants to live the dream of own­ing a restau­rant in par­adise.

“I did it,” he said.

“I de­cided to make Florida my home af­ter grow­ing up in Al­len­town (Penn­syl­va­nia) and liv­ing in

Brook­lyn so I could wear shorts and t-shirts ev­ery­day. Now it’s some­one else’s turn.”

It’s a trend Kelowna-based Res­tau­rantsForSaleGlobal.com, the site which lists scores of such op­por­tu­ni­ties, only sees get­ting big­ger.

“What could be bet­ter than re­al­iz­ing your restau­rant dream in a re­sort lo­ca­tion?” asks Res­tau­rantsForSaleGlobal.com’s Pam MacPhee.

Be­fore start­ing the web­site, MacPhee and her hus­band, War­ren, owned and op­er­ated the Cora break­fast and lunch restau­rant fran­chise at Kelowna, B.C.’s Or­chard Park mall.

Be­sides R Beach, some of the other restos for sale on the site in­clude:

Le­gends

This 3,500-square-foot wa­ter­ing hole with pa­tio is the only sports pub on Aruba, the south­ern Car­ib­bean is­land fa­mous for its flamingo-and-palm-stud­ded beaches.

It’s lo­cated one block off the is­land’s main ocean­front ho­tel strip, putting thou­sands of hun­gry and thirsty tourists within short walk­ing dis­tance.

The turnkey busi­ness is listed for sale for US$450,000 and the premise rents for US$6,857 a month.

Santino’s Pizza & More

This Ital­ian place is named af­ter Santino Pazz­iano, the owner­op­er­a­tor who wants to re­tire.

“Oh yes, the buyer will prob­a­bly be from up north, some­one who wants to come down here and en­joy the beach and is­land lifestyle,” said Pazz­iano.

Af­ter all, Santino’s is in Surf City on Top­sail Is­land, the 26-mile­long bar­rier reef patch of beach dunes and thick marine for­est sep­a­rated from the North Carolina main­land by a se­ries of small sounds and chan­nels that make up a stretch of the At­lantic In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way.

Lore has it the pi­rate Black­beard hid trea­sure on Top­sail and the is­land got its name be­cause pi­rates hid in the chan­nel await­ing mer­chant ships to loot.

Mer­chant ships got wise, kept a look out for the top­sail of pi­rate ships and avoided the chan­nel when they spied it.

Santino’s is listed for sale for US$350,000 and the monthly rent on the restau­rant is US$3,859.

Cleve­land, Texas

This un­named re­treat an hour drive north of Hous­ton in­cludes 4.6 acres of land and lake­side restau­rant. Be­sides cater­ing to the pub­lic, it’s a cor­po­rate and con­fer­ence venue and wed­ding des­ti­na­tion. The land and busi­ness is listed for sale for US$1.125 mil­lion.

St. Au­gus­tine, Florida

The owner of this con­fi­den­tially-for-sale restau­rant in St. Au­gus­tine’s his­toric district also wants to re­tire, al­low­ing some­one else to work and live the dream.

It’s listed for US$399,000 and the monthly rent on the 1,50-square­foot premises is $2,329.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS

You can live on beau­ti­ful Top­sail Is­land, North Carolina if you buy restau­rant Santino’s Pizza & More.

Le­gends Pub is for sale for US$450,000 and the monthly rent on the premises is US$6,857.

A con­fi­den­tially-for-sale restau­rant in St. Au­gus­tine, Florida’s his­toric district is up for sale for US$399,000 and the monthly rent on the premises is $2,329.

Le­gends Pub is lo­cated just one block off Aruba’s main ocean­front ho­tel strip.

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