George Barnes of Smiling Fish is New Director of Operations at 723 Whiskey Bravo

December 13, 2012 by Kurt Lischka

We were sad to see Smiling Fish at Gulf Place close recently after a great run of 13 years. A lot of good times and great food were had on the corner of Scenic 30A and 393. Owner and chef George Barnes knows how to please the palate and runs a tight ship with excellent service. We're excited to hear that George has moved to 723 Whiskey Bravo in Seagrove Beach, which will surely elevate the establishment into one of the top spots in South Walton.

We're also looking forward to La Playa opening in the spot where Smiling Fish was. It's a new caribbean-themed venture from the owners of Cafe Tango. They'll also be taking over the Naked Grape wine bar space.

From 723 Whiskey Bravo, Dining Partner:

723 Whiskey Bravo, a Gulf view restaurant and rooftop bar located along Scenic Highway 30A, is pleased to announce a culinary collaboration with George Barnes. George Barnes has joined the Executive Staff as Director of Operations of 723 Whiskey Bravo and will officially begin duties February 15, 2013.

George Barnes is well known in the South Walton community with locals and tourists alike, as the Chef and Owner of the former Smiling Fish Café, which recently closed its doors after thirteen years of success.

Skip and Victoria Moore, owners of 723 Whiskey Bravo said, "We welcome George's experience, particularly on 30A, and specifically with the Smiling Fish Cafe.  We know that George's longtime friends and guests will recognize his influence on our menu and overall dining experience."

Barnes who is recognized for his New Orleans-Gulf Coast inspired fresh and flavorful dishes, and Southern hospitality, is looking forward to working with the Moore’s to collaboratively achieve 723 Whiskey Bravo’s maximum potential. Barnes said, “I am excited that I will be able to continue to build on relationships that I have fostered in our community for the past twenty years.”
About the collaboration, the Moore’s said, “On rare occasions, an opportunity presents itself for people with common goals and a shared vision to create a truly great result. Such an opportunity is now a reality in combining a well known and respected 30-A restaurateur, with a new and vibrant venue such as 723 Whiskey Bravo."

About 723 Whiskey Bravo  Located in the heart of old Seagrove, 723 Whiskey Bravo is the new 30A tradition serving favorite beach foods in a casual atmosphere for lunch, dinner and Sunday breakfast. Family-friendly with a focus on service. This 4,200 sq. ft. space features plenty of indoor dining, a full-service bar, spaces for private dining and, The Roof, an expansive rooftop bar with views of the Gulf of Mexico.  For more information visit


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