Guy Harvey’s RumFish Grill & Bar at the TradeWinds Beach Resort on the island of St. Pete Beach, Fla. is scheduled to open in May and will include a 33,500-gallon aquarium built by the creators of “Tanked,” the hit series on Animal Planet. Guests will be able to snorkel in the tank among indigenous fish, get “behind the scenes” tours and feed the fish, and dine in a “fully immersive” experience.
The new Guy Harvey’s RumFish Grill & Bar is currently under construction at the Guy Harvey Outpost, a 211-room TradeWinds Beach Resort just 30 minutes from Tampa on Florida’s west coast on the island of St. Pete Beach. The new restaurant is scheduled to open in May 2014.
The restaurant’s main attraction will be a 33,500-gallon aquarium built by Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Animal Planet’s hit series, “Tanked.” The entire complex will open to the public shortly after the episode of “Tanked” airs nationally on Friday, May 16.
Guests at the Guy Harvey Outpost and the RumFish Grill & Bar will have the exclusive opportunity to snorkel in the tank among indigenous fish such as snook, redfish, trout, tarpon, grouper, snapper, small sharks and even eels. Resort guests can also participate in a “behind the scenes” tour highlighting eco-initiatives and tank management, and have the chance to feed the fish.
A number of other tanks will be placed around the saltwater-themed restaurant, giving diners a “fully immersive” dining experience.
“RumFish will not only be a unique experience for our guests, it will also be a destination restaurant offering day travelers an all-encompassing Guy Harvey experience,” said Keith Overton, President, TradeWinds Island Resorts. “Not only will visitors be able to dine, they can also explore the tanks, enjoy extensive entertainment options and browse the large. 2,200-sq. ft. retail shop.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, RumFish will seat approximately 150 in the main dining room and 160 in the indoor and outdoor bar areas. The décor will feature ocean blues and greens, as well as rich dark wood and Guy Harvey designs and original artwork throughout. Works from local marine artists will also be featured.
The RumFish menu will include a wide variety of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees. Starters include peppered Ahi tacos, Caribbean ceviche and duck confit flatbread. Larger entrees range from pan-seared local grouper picatta and clam capellini to a dry-rubbed ribeye and chicken tortellini.
The restaurant will include a number of indoor and outdoor televisions including one large-screen HDTV that can show up to nine sporting events or programs at one time. Live entertainment will be provided nightly, with two stages for bands.