Rum Bay Restaurant reopens after post Hurricane Ian renovations

March 26, 2024 at 12:30 a.m.

On March 5th, the Englewood Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the grand reopening of Rum Bay Restaurant on Palm Island. 

The Rum Bay Restaurant and Palm Island Resort were founded and developed by Dean Beckstead and his brother, Garfield, forty years ago. After Hurricane Ian, the restaurant was stripped down to the studs, the roof was replaced as was the building siding, and the inside was updated with new décor. After a 14-month search, a new chef came on board last Christmas week and created a new menu. The All-American menu features steaks, seafood, and other traditional items, along with appetizers, tacos, burgers, sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes, and Rum Bay’s famous ribs. It has a full bar with a wide variety of drinks and frozen concoctions. There are daily specials, drink specials, and Happy Hour. The restaurant is open daily 11:30am to 9pm. Reservations are not required but recommended, especially for tables over six. A water taxi provides transportation to the restaurant from the old Leverocks Restaurant dock at 7092 Placida Road (cost $6). The restaurant can be reached at 941•697•0566, and you can visit them online at Cutting the ribbon at the ceremony are owners Adam Beckstead and his sister Kathryn McFarland.