A Whiskey Joe’s groundbreaking ceremony will take place later this month at the new Bradenton area location
MANATEE COUNTY — Whiskey Joe’s Bar & Grill, a popular restaurant chain that started in Tampa, is breaking ground on a new location on the Manatee River in Ellenton.
The fourth location of the waterfront dining destination— joining Tampa, Port Richey and Miami — Whiskey Joe's Manatee River will hold a private groundbreaking ceremony Sept. 18. It's slated to open in 2020.
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Located near Interstate 75 and U.S. 301, Whiskey Joe's will feature a restaurant with both indoor and outdoor dining, beach access, boat pull-ups, fire pits and palapas dotting the white sand. There will also be Whiskey Joe’s World-Famous Barefoot Tiki Bar offering tiki-inspired cocktails, mojitos, margaritas and an extensive selection of local beers on tap.
The Floribbean-inspired menu will include favorites like the Island Crab Cakes, Mango-Glazed Scallops, Gator Bites and raw oyster bar. In addition, there will be a weekday happy hour and live entertainment.
For those looking to host a special event, Whiskey Joe’s will accommodate various gatherings including waterfront weddings and corporate meetings.
“We’re thrilled to join the Ellenton community and bring the vacation vibes, tropical drinks and delicious food of Whiskey Joe’s to such a unique waterfront destination,” said Whiskey Joe’s Brand Manager Marty Duffany, in a statement. “Our September groundbreaking on Manatee River will be a huge step forward in the brand’s continued expansion throughout Florida.”
Whiskey Joe’s parent company, Specialty Restaurants Corporation, which also owns and operates the Rusty Pelican in Tampa and Miami, anticipates the Manatee River location to create approximately 120 new jobs in the area. Bradenton and Jacksonville are among the other 20 confirmed future locations of Whiskey Joe’s scheduled to open along Florida’s coast within the next five years, reads the press release issued Wednesday.
The Manatee County Commission approved Whiskey Joe's site plan and partial rezoning of the 1.7 acres off 19th Street East, a frontage road on the south side of the highway, about a year ago.
“We think it is a very logical site for this,” Caleb Grimes, an attorney representing Specialty Restaurants, said at the time.
For more information, visit whiskeyjoestampa.com/whiskey-joes-manatee-river.