Johnny Earles is back cooking in the kitchen

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 09:12 AM.

The refurbished interior bears little resemblance to the old Criolla's. This time, instead of Caribbean, the Earles have sought to play up nostalgia and memories of old Grayton Beach, offering a modern twist on the old familiar.

The concept for GBG is derived from the memories of the Earles and those of their family, friends, and long-time residents and vacationers at Grayton. The Earles seek to bring back such memories with its food, beverages, and old Grayton style decor.

Through the restaurant's design and surfboard logo, the family-friendly menu and overall casual atmosphere, the Earles recall at GBG a beach life that was simple, familial and fun.

On entering, guests will feel like it’s a walk down memory lane when they see the old-fashioned-looking, mercury-dipped filament light bulbs above the bar, the Gulf blue mason jar water glasses and butcher paper-covered tables and napkins. And T-shirt clad servers deliver your meal.

The band room houses a stage that is ready for a variety of musical genres, which will be offered three or four nights a week.

The band room also features a 16-foot-long alligator and an old sign from Earles' first restaurant, the Paradise Cafe.

The pallet room with wooden pallets gives the feel of an old beach cottage.

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