It took four years, but restaurateur Ed Chiles said the impact of the Beach House renovation project will last for decades.
The phased project remade the interior, exterior, grounds and outdoor dining deck at the Beach House, one of Chiles’ three island restaurants. The new deck provides a year-round, all-weather venue, according to a Chiles Group release, at 200 N. Gulf Drive.
New changes and additions to the deck include:
▪ Transparent vinyl curtains
▪ Overhead heaters, overhead misters
▪ Rotating awnings to control the amount of sunshine at tables
Chiles and the team of planners, engineers and the restaurant employees, who had to work out of trailers for months at a time during the four-year renovations so the restaurant could stay open, hit hurdles with permitting and legal issues along the way.
“But the outcome is worth it,” Chiles said. “This is about the next 30 years. This is about making a statement. With Sandbar and Mar Vista it was about speaking to the history. The Beach House (project) is about doing something contemporary that says, ‘This is an international destination now.’ ”
The “state of the art” kitchen and bakery remodel were a part of the first phase, the interior bar and dining room remodel made up the second phase, the front facade, parking and a rainwater filtration system built into the parking lot were the third phase and the outdoor deck was the fourth.
The Beach House, through the project, also added a private bridal suite, a private sitting room and a separate area portioned off from the regular dining area for private events.
Chiles Group spokeswoman Caryn Hodge said community response so far has been positive and people can receive a tour of the new kitchen by request.