The Bay restaurant set to open

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The Bay will open next week at the foot of the 331 Bridge.

Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 04:48 PM.

Jim Shirley, executive chef of Great Southern Cafe in Seaside , is expanding his reach with the upcoming opening of The Bay restaurant.

The Bay is appropriately named due to its location on the Chocowhatchee Bay and at the foot of the 331 Bridge. The building operated several years ago as a restaurant and popular local hangout locally referred to as The Green Bar. Its popularity was due largely to the open inside/outside service and accessibility by car, boat, or paddle board.

Joining Shirley at The Bay is a well-known and popular face — Mario McNally — formerly with Restaurant Fire. McNally is coming on as general manager.

"It will have some Southern and Asian influences," said McNally.

Shirley concurs.

"We plan to feature fresh local seafood," he said. "It will be more international than Great Southern, offering sushi with our own spin, more Asian flavors, and fresh local produce."

Shirley said the price point will span between $9 and $40.

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