Do you remember dining at the Rusty Pelican, a fixture on Rickenbacker Causeway for nearly 40 years? Enter on the restaurant’s web site to share your story, and win dining credits there to be used when it reopens in November.
Owner John Tallichet said in a statement, “This is a family run business, opened by my father David Tallichet, who fell in love with the location back in the early 1970s. Putting together a digital archive of the past 40 years is a great way to honor his memory as well as all of our loyal customers throughout the years.”
A complete makeover
Seems the view of Miami and Biscayne Bay has trumped the food and atmosphere here recently, so Tallichet will completely redo the restaurant, changing the decor and adding an indoor-outdoor lounge, VIP room with private dining and bottle service, an “airy but intimate” dining room, and dedicated rooms for bridal parties, receptions and other special occasion events. The ballrooms also are being updated.
The new menu will focus on seafood, along with creative, modern American plates, according to publicist Karen Borofsky.
The Rusty Pelican has been a South Florida destination for tourists and locals, with spectacular views of the water and Miami skyline as a backdrop to casual seafood and brunch. Hundreds of brides chose the location for their rehearsal dinners or wedding receptions. Graduation and anniversary parties were popular here as well.
For details on how to submit stories about the Rusty Pelican, visit their webpage at therustypelican.com.