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Shooters, Bootlegger Plan To Remain Open, Despite Bankruptcy Auction

Shooters Waterfront Cafe and Bootlegger restaurants are about to go on the auction block and if you've got an extra half million lying around, you could bid on the iconic waterfront restaurants.

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The restaurants, along with adjoining property, will be auctioned off by Fisher Auctions of Pompano Beach on December 5 at 11 a.m. The auction, by order of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, will be held live and on-site.  

The following property is listed on the Fisher site:

  • Two World Famous Waterfront Restaurants and Bar known as "Shooters and Bootlegger" 
  • Over 20,000+/- SF of Leasable Area 
  • Prime Intracoastal Waterway Property with Potential for Re-Development 
  • 1.03+/- Acre Site with Room for Expansion 
  • 340+/- Feet along the Intracoastal Waterway 

Potential bidders are required to register in advance and deposit $500,000 in escrow before the auction. Should you win the restaurant, you'll have to close within 30 days and agree to keep the restaurants open and operational, at least for the foreseeable future.

According to Lauren Davila, Shooters and Bootleggers hopes to remain open. "Shooters is operating as normal and will continue to. In fact, we have extended our hours."

As for long range plans, Davila is hopeful the new owners will keep the iconic name and concept. "The successful purchaser will be buying the waterfront real estate, the iconic Shooters name, related business as a going concern, etc., but there is no requirement to keep everything as it is. Certainly, the buyer is free to change the menu and the restaurant concept if he or she chooses to do so."

Let's hope they don't mess with the Hot Bod competitions.


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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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