The story of Seagrove’s 723 Whiskey Bravo Bistro & Bar is one of people coming together, beginning with the name itself. Owners Skip and Victoria Moore started off the second chapter of their lives with a bang by purchasing an airplane five years ago though neither one had a pilot’s license.
They logged the necessary hours needed to fly their Cirrus SR22, obtained the license, and decided on a name using the aviation alphabet, settling on Whiskey Bravo. Since Skip and Victoria were married on July 23rd, they thought 723 would be appropriate, and 723 Whiskey Bravo was born.
After many wonderful culinary adventures where they scribbled notes on napkins and torn paper, they dreamed up ideas for a restaurant they envisioned opening: 723 Whiskey Bravo Bistro & Bar, a gathering place for family and friends.
In 2009 Whiskey Bravo Bistro & Bar became a reality, as Skip and Victoria sold their successful businesses in Atlanta and set out to be part of life on 30-A. They purchased and transformed what was once the dilapidated Wheelhouse Restaurant and existing cottages, and created the “723 Whiskey Bravo campus.”
The Moore’s are proud that a variety of locally owned shops came together to fill the spaces surrounding the restaurant, and now locals and tourists alike can frequent Cowgirl Kitchen Market, Coast, Big Mama’s Hula Girl Gallery, and Lost in Paradise Gift Gallery. Patrons of the restaurant that might be waiting on a meal also have a place to browse, and with a keen eye might even spot flooring and features that were once part of the original cottages.
723 Whiskey Bravo Bistro & Bar recently announced the hire of a new chef, Alan Baltazar. He will serve as executive chef, bringing more than 18 years of culinary experience to the job. He also joins Director of Operations George Barnes, who recently joined the Whiskey Bravo team in December following a 13-year run with Smiling Fish Cafe as chef and owner..
The recipes showcased at 723 Whiskey Bravo are from the Moore’s own collection, that of George Barnes, and Chef Alan Baltazar. The trio brings expansive culinary experience and award winning recipes to the plates of satisfied customers.
The Victoria Salad, which is packed with chopped greens, sliced pears, strawberries, cranberries, sliced almonds, feta, champagne vinaigrette and topped with a classic burger is a favorite, as is the Smiling Fish Calamari Salad, and Chef Alan’s signature Local Fish Feature served with stewed white beans, bacon, arugula, tomato, crispy capers and balsamic glaze.
The décor of 723 Whiskey Bravo Bistro & Bar is modern yet comforting as leather columns are used as buffers to reduce noise, and to separate the spaces. The meticulously carved interior bar resembles that of a Chris-Craft boat and was constructed with the highest quality woods from local E.F. San Juan.
Since opening their doors, 723 Whiskey Bravo has steadily grown its team of faithful fans. The space that has everyone talking is The Rooftop Deck with panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and a nightly show-stopping sunset that was recently named “The Best Outdoor Bar” by Destin Magazine, and a 30A Hot Spot for outdoor and Gulf view dining. Friends, families and co-workers come together on the roof to enjoy the open-air space offering fire pits, comfortable seating, and Happy Hour specials with delicious drinks and delectable fare.
723 Whiskey Bravo Bistro & Bar is a place where one can discover a new menu favorite or delight in classic comfort fare while dining in the company of friends. A plaque on the front steps pays homage to “great neighborhood gathering places everywhere.” With live music, wedding receptions and family-focused events to support local schools and non-profits, 723 Whiskey Bravo has taken root in the community, and so have the Moore’s.
723 Whiskey Bravo is located at 3031 Scenic Hwy 30A in Seagrove Beach, Florida, 32459. Parking can be accessed from Gardenia Street, but patrons are encouraged to walk and bike over. Check 723whiskeybravo.com for seasonal lunch and dinner hours. For more information call (850) 213-0015 or contact them at email@example.com.
C: Food Photos: Susan Benton