FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, April 25, 2013
Innisfree Hotels is excited to announce that there will be a new place to enjoy a sunset on Pensacola Beach, Florida this summer. The hotel management company is currently building Red Fish Blue Fish, an open-air dining and beach play venue, located on the water across the street from the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel. The project is currently under construction and will open for the 2013 season.
The new restaurant will feature shipping container construction, ‘upcycled’ materials and purposely designed outdoor spaces. “The concept will offer a fresh new approach to beach hangouts”, notes Julian MacQueen, Innisfree’s Founder and CEO. “It will have a casual vibe mixed with a very funky intentional design that we describe as ‘upcyled’, casual and ‘eco chic’. Guests will be able to relax in an eclectic green space, kick back on repurposed boat wood furniture, wiggle their toes in the sand, and savor fresh seafood.”
Rich Chism, Director of Development for Innisfree Hotels says, “The concept is to use as many green attributes as possible. We’re investigating the use of solar power, and intend to expand our use of green energy over time..”
Outdoor areas will be designed by Chad Watkins of WAS Design. The site will have a manicured grass dining area overlooking the water with family sized tables, cabanas, and fire pits. There will also be cozy areas for cocktails, and two white-sand beaches for those who want to stay a while. Kids will be encouraged to run and play throughout the site.
“The name Red Fish Blue Fish is a tip to the family friendly nature of the restaurant”, notes Julian MacQueen. “We’ve seen that our hotel customers enjoy dining on the hotels’ pool decks in a fun, safe, family-oriented environment. Red Fish Blue Fish will offer locals and visitors to Pensacola Beach an alternative dining experience in keeping with the fun environment and high quality expected at a family resort. It will also offer local families an opportunity to enjoy Innisfree’s hospitality without having to stay at staying at a hotel.”
The restaurant is being constructed via a fast track process with the help of the SRIA Board and staff and the Escambia County building officials.
Romeo Amado, currently Manager at H20 Cajun Asian Grill at the Hilton Pensacola Beachfront Hotel, has been appointed General Manager. Mr. Amado’s first hospitality job was as a busboy in a restaurant in Orange Beach, Alabama when he was still in high school. He knew right away that he had found his calling in restaurant work and says, “I appreciate that every day is both a challenge and different from the day before. I love the people I work with.
When he graduated high school, Romeo attended Pensacola Junior College and then studied Psychology at the University of West Florida. He was offered a job at H20 in 2003 and was promoted to manager in 2005.