Iconic Elephant Walk returning to Sandestin

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

Rice and Lewis are owners of The Marlin Grill at The Village of Baytowne Wharf and have been in the business for 25 years. 

 “Our goal is to bring back this great restaurant tradition with extraordinary cuisine, fine service and beautiful views it was once known for,” said Rice. 

The new ownership team will revive some of the treasured traditions of The Elephant Walk, including bringing back popular menu items such as its signature dish, Grouper Elizabeth, so named in honor of Elizabeth Taylor.

"We worked with Sandestin management to recreate Elephant Walk," said Rice. "The architecture is intriguing and it's a once-in-a-lifetime location."

Rice has lived in the area since the mid 1980s and he was a patron of the original Elephant Walk and always enjoyed it and its beautiful location.

"It's such an anchor and center for the resort. I'm excited about the nostalgia and history there," he said.

However, Rice said he is not going to try to duplicate the original, but take just the nostalgic and intriguing elements and recreate those and some menu items. He is not bringing back the original chef, but instead will bring in the Marlin Grill's Chef Mike McAnulla. And, he said he will not attempt to restore the interior to its original look, but intends to use rich colors as opposed to the beachy look.

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