PALMETTO -- Palmetto residents should expect a "new vibe" at the Blu Mangrove Grill, 102 Riviera Dunes Way, when it opens Monday, replacing Bella Mia Grille in the Riviera Dunes community.
Matthew Dideley, general manger and partner, for the newly renovated and decorated restaurant is happy to open Monday with a new vibe.
"I think this is going to be a new up scale place," Dideley said. "There's really nothing around here like it. It will be a fun new upbeat vibe."
He will run the place with his father Kenneth Dideley. They partnered with owner Raj Ragan, who visited their Siesta Key restaurant, Blu Key Grill, and wanted to bring something similar to Palmetto. They are hoping to bring the same success they have had with their Siesta Key restaurant.
The restaurant partners had the walls painted cool shades of blue and installed seven flat screen TV's. The place features two private rooms.
The new restaurant will have a private chef's table and a live band will play nightly for guests sitting outside on the deck, which has a newly installed mist system to keep patrons cool.
All dishes from the children's menu will be served on a frisbee that kids can take with them as a souvenir.
Blu Mangrove Grille will feature their award winning calamari and smoked wings. Guests will be able to enjoy plenty of specials including all you can eat
lobster or all you can eat king crabs.
Dideley said there is a positive buzz from area residents who are eager to see them open.
"They are glad we are here," he said.
Palmetto Commissioner Brian Williams, whose district houses the Riviera Dunes community, said he recently learned about the restaurant opening. He hopes the new digs are a good fit for the community. In the past, residents who live in the neighboring condominium buildings complained of excessive noise coming from the Bella Mia Grille.
Williams hopes the new restaurant will not repeat the mistakes of the past and that the live band the restaurant plans to have won't be a nuisance.
"It can't be so loud where people can't have a natural ordinary time in their residence," Williams said. "I hope to have it at a noise that's acceptable to everyone."
At the same time, he said, he wishes the restaurant well.
"I hope these folks coming in will do a bang up job," he said.
Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.