Rotolo’s in Destin is closing

Posted on Thursday, September 26th, 2013 at 6:44 pm
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There is actually a hint of fall in the air in Destin. We are getting into the upper 60’s at night now. I love it hot so this is not great news for me but most other people like it.

This week I headed to KC’s Sandbar in Fort Walton Beach on Tuesday for our good friend Kenny’s birthday. Tommy and Loujean put the word out about a surprise party. It was a lot of fun. There were quite a few people show up too. Kenny is well liked in town. Even a major thunderstorm could not slow things down. As I drove over you could see the storm rolling in off the gulf. Lightning was everywhere. It looked like I was going into the floorboards of hell. About 30 minutes after I got to KC’s it started to rain. It was a major thunderstorm blowing over tables with lightning that kept us all ducking.

After about 45 minutes the rain died down so I headed home. The lightning was still intense. It felt like being in a horror movie the way the dark sky was lighting up. It was eerie as bolts were coming down all over the place. Luckily it did not last and everything was fine later.

Wednesday Sunshine Cindy and I stopped in at Rotolo’s. We had not been there in a while. As soon as we walked in I knew something was wrong. No one was there to seat anyone and it seemed like they only had two people working in the entire place with one of them being Berg the manager. He saw us and came out to greet us. When we asked how they were doing he told us they were closing the doors on Sunday. They just could not make it in the competitive Destin restaurant scene. It’s too bad but not real surprising. They could never really connect with the locals. I am not sure why as they had great locals prices, a nice building and Yuengling Light beer!

Berg did tell us the parent company has bought a Hurricane Bar and Grill franchise and will be opening soon in Bluewater Bay in Niceville. If they can get the locals they will have a chance to make it. There are not many options for wings and such in that area so I wish them well.

We also found out what the new building in front of Winn Dixie will be. There will be three tenants there….another T-Shirt shop (like we need another one), a Jimmy Johns sandwich shop and a car wash. Yes, a car wash! Now there is a combination that I would never have guessed would go together. LOL

This Saturday we are having our “1st Annual Chaos Crawl” to benefit Caring and Sharing. This harbor pub crawl is open to everyone. It will start at 4 pm at Crab Island Cantina in Harborwalk Village. No fee to join us but we will be passing the hat for Caring and Sharing. We will “Chaos Crawl” down the harbor to The Boathouse. We hope everyone will come out and join us. You can read about the details here in the Crab Island Mambo Weekend Update. http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Weekend-Update.html

Have a great weekend. A full report on the Chaos Crawl and all the weekend fun on Monday. See ya then!

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