UPDATE: BEACHES ON VILANO REOPENS AT 4 PM ON 2/3/12----HOORAY!
Beaches on Vilano, a fun restaurant in Vilano Beach, sent out the press release below announcing their closing on February 1, 2012.
Jan 31, 2012 -
St. Augustine, Fla. – Beaches on Vilano opened its doors on Vilano Beach in May 2011, confident it would be a prosperous venture. Despite a relatively good winter so far, we have not been given the full year to continue the momentum we have created; therefore, we are closing our doors Feb. 1, 2012.
“Rick and I have thoroughly enjoyed providing our customers’ with the quality experience, closing the doors was not an easy decision, but under the current circumstances, it’s the only option. We have had such wonderful customers at Beaches on Vilano that I want to continue to offer some of their favorite menu items at my other restaurant, Donovan’s Irish Pub,” stated Bellantoni.
Donovan’s Irish Pub will be offering "Beaches Favorites," a menu section which will be offered for a limited time. Some great favorites that will be included are the Blackened Fish Sandwich, Surf & Turf with shrimp or scallops and Fish Tacos.
About Beaches on Vilano:
Beaches on Vilano is locally owned and operated by Maureen Blanchfield Bellantoni and Rick Gibson, residents of St. Augustine, Fla. The restaurant provides mouth-watering beach style cuisine while offering casual indoor and outdoor dining for your beach pleasures.
I will truly miss this great place to hang with friends, enjoy the sunset and their great food in wonderful Vilano Beach Town Center. I will visit their Donovan's Irish Pub, but it just isn't as close (physically and emotionally) to me. Best of luck Rick and Maureen! You will forever hold a place in the hearts of those of us in the Vilano Beach and Porpoise Point areas of St. Augustine. Vilano Beach was becoming the happening place we knew it would with the opening of Publix. And before I get another phone call with people thinking I am Vilano Beach Publix, Vilano Beach Town Center Publix's phone number is 904-827-1448.