Iconic Elephant Walk returning to Sandestin

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

Both levels of 8,000-square-feet and 5,000-square-feet of decks will be utilized. There will be a full bar and the popular Governor's Attic bar upstairs will be reopened. The restaurant will be open year around, beginning with dinner in late March and adding lunch in early May.

The main floor and deck will be used for lunch and dinner, and the upper floor will be used for group events.

 Mark Hodgdon, general manager of the resort said, “We are pleased to work with Tom Rice and Wayne Lewis because they are trusted business leaders in the community, and we are delighted that The Elephant Walk will once again be part of our Gulf-front experience.”  

Amid confirmed reports of the restaurant's return, those who dined at the original shared some of their memories of the old.

Joe Serrato remembers the restaurant being "a very good white tablecloth dining experience. The Grouper Elizabeth was a signature dish. I had friends who were married there and it represented a big step up from what had been the standard 'Old Florida' dining experience and fare. It was a great place to watch the sun go down and have a good meal."

Sandestin resident Bob Johnson also remembers enjoying the sunsets from a window table as a special treat.

Brandey Barton remembers when the band Passage used to play there.

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