Almost exactly a year after it was announced that Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar would close, a new bar and grill business is preparing to move in.
A bar and grill with two locations in St. Petersburg, Caddy’s on Central and Caddy’s on the Beach, is moving into the Tarpon Pointe property in Bradenton at 801 Riverside Drive E., close to the end of the Bradenton Riverwalk.
Barry O’Connor, a partner in the Caddy’s business, said they hope to open the establishment in Bradenton, named Caddy’s at the Pointe, by sometime in March. The opening date depends on the length of the permitting process. O’Connor said he and his business partners, Sean James and Marcus Winters, signed a five-year lease with options for renewal.
Caddy’s at the Pointe will accommodate boats and have marina use available at the nearby Tarpon Pointe Marina. The location will have a full bar complete with wine, beer and liquor.
The growing downtown Bradenton scene, as well as picturesque views from the property, led the partners to choose the Riverside Drive East location for the Caddy’s at the Pointe. O’Connor, Winters and James also own MacDinton’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, with locations in St. Pete and in the SoHo neighborhood in Tampa, and Yard of Ale bar and restaurant, with locations in St. Pete and Tampa.
In the past, city of Bradenton officials expressed interest in extending the Riverwalk through the property at 801 Riverside Drive E.
“We heard there are future plans to extend the Riverwalk down to us and redo that whole wall,” O’Connor said. “As far as we know, the plans are approved and it’s just a matter of whenever they’re going to start work on that. That’s one of the main reasons we wanted to get in.”
Nathan Greer, who is from the Bradenton area, will be the location’s general manager. Via a Craigslist posting, Greer invites anyone interested in working at Caddy’s at the Pointe to contact him. The location will employ approximately 40 people, O’Connor said.
“We’re just going to stuff our restaurant with as many good people as possible,” Greer said.
The menu will be similar to the other Caddy’s locations but tweaked slightly to better “fit the Bradenton area. We’re still tinkering with it right now,” Greer said.