Cus­tomers wel­come restau­rants’ re­turn in Jupiter

The Palm Beach Post - - HURRICANE IRMA - By Bill DiPaolo

JUPITER — Cabin fever was cured on State Road A1A in Jupiter as sev­eral restau­rants Tues­day opened af­ter be­ing shut down for the week­end by Hur­ri­cane Irma.

“Out on the road, the gas is ex­pen­sive. In here, the drinks and food are half­priced. This is the place to be,” said Jupiter res­i­dent Wade Ga­mache, 28, a cook.

Ga­mache and his pal, David Spe­cian, of Jupiter, were en­joy­ing the half-off prices Tues­day at Gua­n­a­banas res­tau­rant.

The col­or­ful Adiron­dack chairs were back in place and mu­si­cians were get­ting ready to play at the res­tau­rant along the Lox­a­hatchee River.

“We had some mi­nor dam­age to our palm trees, but noth­ing ma­jor,” said Chad Van Boven, owner of the res­tau­rant. Chairs, um­brel­las and other equip­ment were placed inside build­ings and a wa­ter­tight trac­tor-trailer-sized con­tainer dur­ing the storm, he said.

At the Square Grouper on the other side of A1A on the Jupiter In­let, tree cut­ting crews were busy trim­ming branches above the en­trance of the res­tau­rant and bar. Work­ers were sweep­ing up palm fronds, fix­ing fans and re­pair­ing mi­nor plumb­ing dam­age.

Point­ing across the in­let to the brown­ish plants around the Jupiter In­let Light­house, owner Jimmy Burg said na­ture wouldn’t take long to re­pair it­self.

“By Thanks­giv­ing, it’ll all be green again. You won’t be able to tell any­thing hap­pened,” said Burg.

Cus­tomers were crowded at the ta­bles along the in­let at the Square Grouper, over­look­ing the fish­ing boats un­load­ing and load­ing at the dock un­der mostly clear skies.

Those were the sur­round­ings that brought Nick and Sheri Kelleher to the Square Grouper on Tues­day af­ter­noon. They spent the week­end in their Port Salerno home glued to the weather sta­tion.

“I couldn’t stand it any­more. I had to get out and re­mem­ber why we moved here to Florida,” said Sheri, a na­tive of Tuc­son, Ariz.

While other restau­rants, such as Schooners, were open, oth­ers were still mak­ing re­pairs.

The Burger Shack at Light­house Cove Mini-Golf isn’t ex­pected to open un­til to­day. Mini-golf was to open late Tues­day af­ter­noon, said owner Greg Bar­toli.

“We hauled out about 10 truck­loads of de­bris. We still have a lit­tle work to do,” Bar­toli said.

AN­DRES LEIVA / THE PALM BEACH POST

Gua­n­a­banas bar­tender Matt Balachan­dran pre­pares a mixed drink dur­ing res­tau­rant’s hur­ri­cane re­open­ing bash Tues­day. While many restau­rants in Jupiter were open, oth­ers were still mak­ing re­pairs.

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