Iconic Elephant Walk returning to Sandestin

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 04:24 PM.

Sandestin management has confirmed the return of its iconic Elephant Walk restaurant.

The restaurant was built by then-owner Peter Bos and designed by Architect Chick Grant to be elegant and glamorous with a South African feel, much like a scene from the 1954 movie starring Elizabeth Taylor.

"When we built, there were just trees there. We built it with an architectural design to withstand the ages. We created history," said Bos.

Opened in 1985, The Elephant Walk consistently earned a four-star rating and was very popular with the locals when choices in area fine dining were limited.

Elephant Walk stood apart in the fine-dining realm and was popular as a gathering spot where locals could just go to listen to music at the bar. 

The iconic establishment closed in 2003 and the resort's former owners reopened it as Finz restaurant with a more family-friendly, casual, beachy look and feel.

As Finz struggled and semi-closed in 2004 and amid rumors of the possibility arising of tearing the structure down for more condos, restaurateurs Tom Rice and Wayne Lewis stepped in to re-establish The Elephant Walk Restaurant on the beach at the resort.

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