The Fort Lauderdale Quarterdeck family is growing -- but not with more Quarterdeck locations.
Recently, the Newport Group welcomed a new waterfront concept in Miami-Dade, bringing more seafood and sushi to the table.
Quarterdeck founder Paul Flanigan and his partner, Frank Zaffere, have expanded their family of establishments to include Dive Bar Restaurant in Jupiter (opened in 2010), and most recently the Beach Bar at Newport Pier in Sunny Isles.
Chef Mike Jin, who brings more than 25 years as a sushi chef and restaurant owner, is behind the menu at both restaurants. A native of Seoul, South Korea, Jin moved to the United States in 1985, where he's worked with multiple establishments to hone his skill. Prior to joining the Dive Bar, Jin acted as head sushi chef for Umi Fish Bar, Yumi Japanese Restaurant, and Carmines Ocean Grill & Sushi. He also owned and managed Ginza Japanese Restaurant in Lake Worth.
Beach Bar in Sunny Isles -- also a part of the Newport Group that operates the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort and Kitchen 305 -- opened over Memorial Day weekend. The restaurant offers a casual, waterfront space located on the recently renovated, historic pier in Sunny Isles Beach.
Built in 1936, the half-mile-long pier in Sunny Isles was pummeled by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. With the help of a generous donation from the Newport Group and the City of Sunny Isles Beach, a resolution was passed to restore the historic landmark and rename Miami-Dade County's only public fishing pier as the Newport Fishing Pier. The 700-foot pier was reopened in June 2013.
Both restaurants have been designed to cater to everyone from flip-flop-clad families to the suit-and-tie, power lunch set. Their best features: a waterfront dining experience with panoramic views of the ocean and beach or the Intracoastal Waterway. At Beach Bar, alfresco service is available directly on the pier, under the protection of umbrella-shaded cabanas.
The family-friendly menu focuses on fresh seafood, sushi, and classic American cuisine. A raw oyster and sushi bar also offers daily fresh catches by Jin, who hand-selects whole fish to supply both kitchens.
Dive Bar Restaurant is located at 318 U.S. 1, Jupiter. Visit divebarrestaurant.com.
The Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort and Beach Bar is located at 16701 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. Visit newportbeachside.com.
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