George's at Alys Beach is a jumping good experience

George Hartley
Deborah Wheeler/The Sun
Published: Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 05:55 PM.

Once upon a time there was a smart, talented couple living in old Seagrove Beach who were content owning and operating the hamlet's first and oldest cafe, where they served up good old Southern cooking every day.

The couple was living the good life of residing just across the road from their business and George could walk to work — a car was hardly needed.

That formula had worked for the owners of Seagrove Village Market Cafe since 1949.

But in 2008, just down County Road 30A, there was a brand-new sparkling-white community being built named Alys Beach . The developers of Alys Beach thought it would be a great idea to offer the same homey concept at Alys.

Alys Beach developer Jason Comer came to Seagrove Village Market owner George Hartley when Alys was just getting off the ground and told him he would love to have a concept such as Seagrove Village Market at Alys Beach and asked Hartley if he would be willing to bring it there.

Hartley said he would.

Ann Hartley and Alys Stephens sat down and began planning. They wanted to give the new town and its visitors a dining spot as soon as possible. Opting to bypass the time construction would take, the decision was made to move in the cottage that formerly housed Sandor's restaurant in Seagrove.

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