Less than 12 hours after a massive fire destroyed the popular Grande Tiki at Golden Rule Seafood, a family-run seafood market and restaurant that has been an institution in the South Dade community since 1943, the icon of the neighborhood was once again open for business with a full-service market, reopened indoor dining, take-out and curbside service, live music and a host of exciting new summer menu items for its loyal customers.
The blaze, which Miami-Dade County Fire Department said was started by illegal fireworks, broke out just before 10 p.m. on July 4, 2022. As many returned home from celebrations on the July 4, neighbors and bystanders called 911 and posted countless videos on social media of Golden Rule Seafood’s tiki hut engulfed in flames. The entire Grande Tiki dining room was lost in the fire, which had housed 100% of the restaurant’s meals since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily no one was injured and firefighters were able to contain the fire at Grande Tiki alone, leaving the entire building, market, kitchen and outdoor garden in working order and able to open at 10 a.m. hours on Tuesday, July 5.
While Grande Tiki is closed and undergoing reconstruction plans, Golden Rule Seafood has reopened its indoor dining area for the first time since COVID-19 and added seating to its lush back garden. The market is gearing up for lobster season on August 6, and to encourage customers to keep coming to the restaurant, the owners plan to add live music on the weekends in the garden and are already launching a menu of summer specialties . Shedding light on a sad situation, customers can also expect “smoky” dishes and cocktails in the very near future.
Debuting this weekend, summer specials will include tantalizing “teasers” like fresh produce Black Molds steamed with garlic and wine and garnished with a truffled parmesan cheese or Tuna Poke Bites that top fried rice cakes with fresh tuna poke and a drizzle of spicy mayonnaise. As for entrees, loyal Golden Rule fans love the Surf & Turf Burger with shrimp, crispy fried onions and homemade cheese sauce on a rosemary focaccia roll, and the Shrimps & Crawdad Fondant, which smothers shrimp and crawfish tail with four cheeses (cheddar, jack, American and mozzarella), is sure to be a hit. Looking for something a little lighter? Try it Peach Summer Salad with mesclun, tomatoes, Bermuda onions, cucumbers, goat cheese, candied walnuts and roasted peaches served with peach-glazed salmon. Finish it off with the seasonal dessert, French toast stuffed with roasted peaches with Nutella, roasted peaches and vanilla ice cream, and you won’t be disappointed.
Of course, an indulgence like this deserves a cocktail, and Golden Rule Seafood’s Summer Specialties feature new drinks customers will love. Rum drinkers can opt for the Biscayne Blue with Flor de Caña rum, Tito’s vodka and Blue Curaçao or Fisherman’s Sunrise with RumHaven Coconut Rum and orange, pineapple and passion fruit juice. Cool off with a Southern Peach Tea with Woodford Reserve bourbon and freshly brewed peach infused sweet tea, or try the Mojito Sun with Gray Goose White Peach Rosemary Infused Vodka and Simple Syrup. Finally, the Strawberry Lemonade Martini has a sweet combination of strawberry-lemongrass vodka, strawberries and freshly squeezed lime juice.
For most businesses, a fire like this would be a devastation worth shutting down. But for Golden Rule Seafood, it was a rallying cry that brought the community together to help save a true neighborhood gem – one that has kept this community going through the COVID-19 pandemic because of its great food. , great camaraderie and safe outdoor dining.
“We have been overwhelmed with the love and support our community has offered since the fire,” said Courtney Reeder, COO of Golden Rule Seafood. “The love was palpable. Businesses in Palmetto Bay brought us tables and chairs, neighbors helped clean up the mess, and constant phone calls from clients, families, organizations and friends. We know we will rebuild, and our Palmetto Bay community is a big part of our inspiration to do so.
Golden Rule Seafood opened in 1943 as a general store, grew into a seafood market in the 1980s, and in 2014 expanded to include a full-service restaurant specializing in seafood comfort food. locally inspired. The addition of the Grande Tiki in 2017 has grown the restaurant exponentially, filling the outdoor space with diners almost every night of the week, especially when the pandemic has made outdoor dining a premium. Seafood lovers head to Golden Rule Seafood for blue crabs (they are caught fresh by local fishermen every morning), Florida crabs, snapper, grouper, mackerel, mahi-mahi, prawns from Key West, in-house shucked oysters, lobster and some of the best seafood from around the world. Golden Rule Seafood is a staple in the Palmetto Bay community and has been owned by the same family for over 50 years.
Golden Rule Seafood is located at 17505 South Dixie Highway, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157. For more seafood market and restaurant information, visit www.goldenruleseafood.com or call (305) 235-0661. Be sure to follow @goldenruleseafood on Facebook and Instagram for updates on the fire, the Great Tiki rebuild, new menu items and upcoming events.
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