Kevin Monti, former exec chef at Brewzzi in Boca Raton, has partnered with Scott Driscoll – the former owner of the Sierra Grille in Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens, to create the Sharkbite Grille in Jupiter.
The grill and bar will go into the space on Indiantown Road formerly occupied by the Atlanta Bread Co.
“We call it Margaritaville meets ESPN-ville,” Monti said, in an interview before opening day. “It’s got a fun vibe, relaxed and casual – where anybody can feel comfortable. Families and people with kids or grandparents, sports fans – really anybody.”
A bar menu with some entrees is featured – wings, flatbreads, a raw bar, chili and gumbo, salads, sandwiches, burgers and grilled fish of the day are among the initial menu items.
Monti, who will be behind the food in the operation, says they’ll have healthy options, for kids and adults. “The kids can get fruit and juice if they choose. And for adults, we wanted to offer choices – so we have several salads, a good veggie burger, turkey wrap and we’re cutting our own french fries,” he said. “We also found these great things at a food show – sweet potato ‘tots’ – they’re like Tater Tots that we all ate as a kid, but they’re made with sweet potatoes.”
Monti’s excited about the decor; he gives his partner the credit. “We have a relica of a 14-foot great white shark coming out of the wall – it’s really impressive. It’s a replica of one that Greg Norman caught in Australia. And on the tables – we’re getting great feedback from kids. We had shark appliques made of all the different kids of sharks, with facts about them printed up. We took ordinary dining tables, and put the appliques on them, then epoxied the tables. The kids who’ve seen them so far love them, and the parents, too.”
The team had applied for outdoor seating, but permits didn’t arrive in time for their opening. “In a month and a half, we’ll also have seats in the courtyard,” Monti said.
The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily; late hours are Friday-Saturday till midnight.
- 250 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter
- 561-747-6566; sharkbitegrille.com
- Open for lunch and dinner daily (scheduled to open to public Feb. 8 at lunchtime)