Goodbye Smiling Fish, Hello La Playa at Gulf Place

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  1. Kurt Lischka

    Kurt Lischka Admin Staff Member

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    On November 1st The Naked Grape Wine Station will be closed for remodeling, making way for the newest addition to the Gulf Place Town Center.


    Effective January 1, 2013 La Playa (The Beach in Spanish) will be moving into the spaces formerly occupied by Smiling Fish Café and The Naked Grape, at the corner of Scenic 30A and Highway 393. After some renovations the new owners plan an opening in early spring 2013.


    The new combined space will include over 80 indoor seats along with the outdoor corner patio dining area that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico.


    La Playa will be owned and operated by Joseph Morris, owner of the popular Café Tango restaurant, along with sons Patrick and Andrew.


    La Playa will feature casual dining along with an exciting new menu reflecting the Morris family’s favorite dishes from the Caribbean. The restaurant will offer a full bar with all drinks being made from scratch, the old fashioned way. The wine list will include a wide ranging boutique selection from all over the world.


    Smiling Fish Cafe leases their space through the end of December, so please make sure to enjoy their wonderful food before they are gone!
     
  2. NightAngel

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    Awe, I love The Smiling Fish :sosad: Are they closing for good or, by chance, moving elsewhere?
     
  3. 30A Skunkape

    30A Skunkape Mr. Small Box

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    I heard a rumor you will be interested in-stay tuned. [​IMG]
     
  4. MKlady

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    This is very sad :sosad: I love the Smiling Fish.
     
  5. NightAngel

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    When do I get to know the rumor :D
     
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    George, the chef at the SF, is one of the best in this area!
    Please, George, find a new location in our area quick!
     
  7. Beachberbs

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    Love Smiling Fish! Please find a new location!
     
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    No! Love Smiling Fish!
     
  9. Williams4

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    Smiling fish is our favorite!!!! Please find a new space! Best fried grouper sandwich around and their orzo is sooooo yummy!
     
  10. Seagrovestateofmind

    Seagrovestateofmind Beach Lover

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    Oh No!!! Love Smiling Fish's grouper special with orzo and the fish tacos. Mama's not gonna be happy. Will make sure we stop by this weekend when we are down.
     
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    whiteyfunn SoWal Staff

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    Sad to see Smiling Fish go but really looking forward to La Playa!

    I love the guys at Tango so I'm sure they'll have a spectacular menu and drink list!
     
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    :sosad: Smiling Fish will be missed!
     
  13. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Smiling Fish has always been one of my very favorite lunch places. And I know many friends who say the same.
     
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    Oh, I am so sad to hear this, really!! I go to lunch there a lot and bring my dog a lot of the times. All of their food is excellent. I to hope they open in another location and are not leaving us for good. I will have to be sure to eat there a lot before they close in December. Bummer!!!
     
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    Tootsie we have to meet for lunch at Smiling Fish....love that place!!!!!
     
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    I'm in!
     
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    OK, so....... update on the Smiling Fish situation? Any truth to the rumor they are taking over the Fire restaurant location? (That was being discussed at Ed Walline Beach this afternoon, a few beach chairs away from us.....)

    (You know how unchecked rumors can be.....!)
     
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    I don't know. I did not hear anything about Fire closing. About one week ago when I was at the Smiling Fish for lunch, I asked one of the waitresses that have been there for a long time if they were going to open someplace else. I know they do such a good business that I could not imagine them closing for good. She said they were looking for another location and at that time she said they were looking down in the Watercolor or Rosemary Beach area. On the East end of 30A she said, but at that time nothing was for sure. Is Fire closing? If it is I would think that would be the perfect location for it. All I know is what she told me so it could be anywhere at this point. The good news is they plan on opening up someplace else for sure!! It is my favorite place for lunch!!
     
  19. Teresa

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    rumors running rampant! haven't heard the Red Bar closing rumor this year yet - but the year's not over. that rumor has been circulating at least 10 years - at least once every year!
     
  20. whiteyfunn

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    I know for a fact Fire is not closing. They are actually going to start serving lunch soon. I think they'll be around for a long time. Sunday brunch at Fire is my absolute favorite!
     

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