By: Jennifer Glenfield | The Islander | Published on: April 15, 2015
The ol’ shack is looking a little shinier.
The Seafood Shack, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez came under new ownership in November 2014 and almost immediately began more than $1 million in renovations of the long-standing restaurant.
The Toronto-based VANDYK group of companies, with owner John Vandyk at the helm, quickly set about renovating the downstairs dining room, top-floor meeting space and 68-slip marina.
The restaurant now boasts 270 seats indoors and out and a nearly completed 7,000-square-foot meeting and banquet area on the second floor.
“We’re already getting great interest in the space and are hosting site inspections almost every day,” said Liza Kubik, director of marketing and events at the Seafood Shack.
The marina is seeing improvements with renovations to the docks and soon providing full power to boaters, Kubik said.
Vandyk also brought in a new executive chef, Gerard Jesse, who revamped the Seafood Shack’s menu. Kubik described the offering as “American cuisine with a Gulf coastal sensibility.”
Beginning April 5, the restaurant added a daily breakfast, starting at 7 a.m.
The final touches? Nautical-themed decor from The Sea Hagg, 12304 Cortez Road, Cortez. Kubik said Sea Hagg owner Jane Coleman was instrumental in redesigning the look of the restaurant.