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Tarpon Bend restaurant in Fort Lauderdale closing, Township to open in June

After 19 years of serving beers, burgers and fish sandwiches, Tarpon Bend Food and Tackle restaurant in the Himmarshee district of Fort Lauderdale will close on Saturday, May 19, Tim Petrillo of ownership group the Restaurant People confirmed on Thursday.

Petrillo says Tarpon Bend staffers have been offered jobs at Township, a new beer garden/restaurant scheduled to open in June on Andrews Avenue nearby, at the former site of the Tilted Kilt.

“We sold the [Tarpon Bend] building, and we will be incorporating many Tarpon Bend elements in our Township concept, including staff,” Petrillo texted. He says Township is expected to open within 30 days.

Tarpon Bend is the latest Fort Lauderdale restaurant casualty in the usual post high-season shuffle. Long-running vegan restaurant Sublime shuttered abruptly earlier this week. Other recent Fort Lauderdale closings include Revenant Coffee House, Rubio’s Coastal Grill and Hot & Soul.

Tarpon Bend was one of the Restaurant People’s earliest restaurants, opening in 1999, after Petrillo had success on the same block with Himmarshee Bar and Grille. Petrillo said the Tarpon Bend building has been sold to a real-estate investment group and future plans for the site are unclear. A Tarpon Bend location in Coral Gables will remain open.

In the past year, the Restaurant People has opened the Rooftop at 1WLO and TRP Taste on Andrews Avenue, and also has opened Tarpon River Brewing in partnership with Julian and Lisa Siegel of Riverside Market. The Restaurant People also operates YOLO, Boatyard and S3 restaurants.

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