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Restaurant Makeover – Panama City Beach’s Saltwater Grill

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Artist’s rendering.

Known for its fresh seafood, large saltwater aquarium and nightly piano bar, Saltwater Grill has long been a Panama City Beach institution to both locals and tourists alike. The remodel will include complete enhancement of the dining room interiors done in stages, as to remain open, with a central theme of Bermuda interior design.


Using blues, whites and dark wood, award-winning restaurant designer Elizabeth Ingram will create a fresh look fit for the beach. This lightened interior will provide a soothing environment like you’ve stepped directly from the beach in to a casual but elegant dining room. Intricate tile work, white beadboard and banquette seating are a few elements being added to enhance the interior as well.


The existing courtyard wall will be incorporated into a new covered entry loggia modeled after an ancient Roman structure called the impluvium. An impluvium is a structure that harvested fresh water for use in the home. Here it will be used it to celebrate the fresh water of the Florida rain before we encounter the salt water of the Gulf of Mexico. Beside the impluvium will be a covered seating area for the outside bar. The hidden outside patio will allow patrons to enjoy a delightful seafood dinner under the stars of the Florida sky.


Architect Gary Justiss of Birmingham is working with Ms. Ingram to create a fresh space to please Saltwater Grill’s loyal guests.


Builder David Harris of Southern Construction and Development hopes to have the remodel completed by early spring. A temporary entrance on the west side will be added as the front of the restaurant is remodeled. All work will be performed prior to the opening of the restaurant at 4 p.m. each day.


Currently, no remodel is scheduled in the kitchen and service will remain open nightly.

Jill Tanner
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