Fire at The Red Bar in Grayton Beach

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    Chiringo Party for The Red Bar Employee Relief Fund
    Thursday February 14 from 11am til 5pm.

    Join us tomorrow to help support Red Bar from 11am -5pm! Spread the word!

    Serving Oyster City Brewery and pulled pork plates.

    Relief Fund managed by South Walton Artificial Reef Association

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    With permission I am sharing this update posted by our friend Rene Endres today. Love these words so much. ❤️ I am reminded of the wonderful community of people who love, live and visit our beach town.

    Rene:

    Dear Friends, I wish to say thank you to all of the incredible outpouring of love this community has bestowed upon our Redbar family. Oli and I can’t even begin to return all the messages, we are trying, so many, filled with so much love. The hearts of people everywhere, the speed with which they gave to us, how quickly this community mobilized to help, we are in awe. From the policeman and firemen that worked tirelessly from 5am this morning until after dark. To the men and women from, not just Santa Rosa Beach, but from all over this incredible nation who pulled together, coming forward, with such acts of overwhelming kindness that words from me could not thank them enough. Please know, in one day, this community came together in such an otherworldly way that we will be able to rebuild, and rebuild quickly. Redbar was a beautiful building that housed character, grace, warmth, welcoming and camaraderie. It was a place people shared some of the most precious times and moments of their lives. Redbar, the building, was historical, yes, but, she was simply, a building. Redbar is Oliver Petit. Redbar is the incredible people who worked within her confines. Redbar was the collective and extension of a community spirit that shone through every note ever played on her stage, sung, laughed to, danced to or cried to. Redbar, the building, while she held the souls of so many meaningful moments, still remains right there on Hotz Avenue inside the hearts of all those that have shared their stories, their tears, and their love for the man and the people that made this special magic for every person that walked through that Bryan Hand inspired, brilliantly, designed front door. Yes, we lost her, the building. But in no way have we lost Redbar. Redbar is here. She is in all of us who shared space with her. She will be again. She will have a few new bones, but the spirit, it’s attitude and the contact this place made with people from all over this world, came from inside the people that embodied her magic. With this, like the Phoenix from the ashes, today, while heartbreaking beyond belief, also proved without a doubt, the beauty of humanity. Thank you, everyone for shining so brightly for all of us in this dark moment. Thank you for loving on Oli. Thank you for loving our family. Thank you for sharing your stories, your messages, your time, and all you have offered. If today is any indication of what the future brings, if how miracles can happen with such love and speed, there will be music, laughter, and new memories begging to be made as new doors will open by summer. New doors that will open to the same soul and spirit that hasn’t left us at all. It is here and always will be. Redbar exists within the undying spirit of Oliver Petit, his genius ability of hospitality, the beauty of our Redbar family, and this community. This is her true essence. We are all Redbar. We will catch our breath again, and we will all be tapping our feet together, again, soon. We love you all. Thank you.
     
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    Hey LV2 - the person who had The Swimming Pool put in was none other than Eden's Miss Lois Maxon. Per my late brother Steve, who remembered when she kept it maintained for the local youth to swim in.

    If I'm not mistaken, The Swimming Pool was incorporated into Dr. Davie's place on 30A. So, whoever owns that house and property now, you need to host LV2 at his next book signing. :cool:
     
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    Thank you for writing and for sharing. Those of us who hold dear our memories of the Old Butler/Grayton Beach Store are grateful to Oli and his vision so that the building became world-famous as Red Bar, did not fall into dereliction, and we were able to enjoy nearly 25 more years there. We are wrestling with emotions as it was so much more than just a building to us, but we also look forward to the reincarnated Red Bar. In the meantime, our prayers and love are with the Redbar family and Oli as the process begins.
     
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    is that the red brick house on the south side of 30A between Grayton and BMB?
     
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    Pamela Loebel was sleeping soundly in her rental home early Wednesday until the sound of “an explosion” woke her.

    Loebel said she looked out her bedroom window and could see flames extending over the two-story homes off Hotz Avenue in Grayton Beach. She knew immediately what was happening: the Red Bar was on fire.

    “I just had a gut feeling that’s what it was,” Loebel said. “It was a really windy morning. We didn’t know if the fire was going to spread. We packed up all of our stuff, got in our vehicle and drove a few blocks away to safety.”

    Red Bar & Picolo’s Restaurant at 70 Hotz Ave. was a total loss after a fire started inside the eatery about 5:30 a.m.

    South Walton Fire District crews discovered heavy smoke and flames coming from inside the bar and eatery when they arrived.

    The Walton County Sheriff’s Office shut down Hotz Avenue between Garfield Street and DeFuniak Street while firefighters managed the scene.

    Crews battled strong winds, which made the fire difficult to fight, according to the district. The fire was under control by 6 a.m.

    Fernando Petit, son of part-owner Phillippe Petit, said the family was devastated by Wednesday’s news.

    “It’s only a building, but it feels as if a family member just died,” Fernando said in a statement. “It’s very sad to see this happen. Sometimes you have to take a step back to take many steps forward.”

    South Walton Fire District Fire Marshal Sammy Sanchez said the building collapsed as firefighters battled the blaze. A portion of the bar’s gift shop was the only part remaining.

    Residents reported hearing an explosion, which was suspected to be from the ignition of propane tanks. Sanchez, however, could not confirm or deny the rumors of propane tank explosions later Wednesday.

    Crews worked into the afternoon to control hot spots hidden under the rubble. The State Fire Marshal was called out to investigate.

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    I’m going to miss their Bloody Marys. When ordering at their other restaurants I would ask if they made them like the Red Bar and would always receive a “yes we do” answer. Lying dogs everyone of them!!!!
     
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    Red Bar, Grayton Beach’s Famously Funky Hangout, Deemed “A Total Loss” After Devastating Fire

    The iconic restaurant along Florida’s 30A was beloved for its cocktails, crab cakes, and over-the-top décor.

    By Marisa Spyker

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    Plans to visit one of Florida’s most picturesque stretches of shoreline are, unfortunately, about to get a little dimmer.

    Red Bar—one of 30A’s most famous rose-tinted watering holes on the Florida panhandle—was reportedly destroyed in a fire in the early hours of February 13. According to a Facebook postfrom the South Walton Fire Department, crews battled strong winds and were able to contain the fire with no injuries. But despite their efforts, the historic site that’s housed the Red Bar for more than 20 years “is now a total loss.”

    Upon hearing the news, sympathy and support immediately poured out for the quirky hangout, known for its chalkboard menus and wacky décor that includes murals, road signs, foreign film posters, disco balls, and red Christmas lights that gave the establishment its signature rosy glow. As one fan noted on the South Walton Fire Department’s post, “Once you visited it was a must to return. So many great memories are made there.”

    In its 24 years of business, the Red Bar went from a small locals joint to an icon along 30A, attracting a roster of clientele that included beach bums, vacationing families, and even celebrities (Sheryl Crow was reportedly a regular). With its live music and perfect post-beach fare (fans raved about the crab cakes and Bloody Marys), the restaurant became a must stop after long days spent on the sand. According to one fan’s post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, “The Red Bar was way more than its four walls. It was home. A place where we all met some of the best folks of our lives.”

    While the owners have not yet commented on the devastating loss, South Walton Fire Marshal Sammy Sanchez said in a live Walton County Sheriff Facebook video that he’s spoken with them and “they are heartbroken … But I’ve been in this community for 21 years, and I know the community will rally. I have confidence they will come back bigger and better than before.”

    Want to show your support? If you're local, stop by Chiringo in Grayton Beach from 11 AM to 5 PM on February 14 to support the Red Bar Employee Relief Fund. (All proceeds from Oyster City Beer and the Pulled Pork Plate go toward the fund.) Or consider donating to the Red Bar GoFundMe, which also helps support the employees affected.

    Red Bar, Grayton Beach’s Famously Funky Hangout, Deemed “A Total Loss” After Devastating Fire
     
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    A fundraiser for employees at the Grayton Beer Co Taproom raised over $27,000 and a Go Fund Me page is active at over $14,000 collected so far. We are so grateful to our strong community for helping out!
     

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