The father and son team of Joel and Cagen Williams have big plans for the former site of First Note Music Hall in 30A's Redfish Village, after acquiring the property recently.
"We enjoy renovating spaces," said Joel, the elder Williams. "Everything we do, we try and take it up a notch."
Centrally located along 30A in Blue Mountain Beach, this second generation restaurant space is an outparcel within the mixed-use venue known as Redfish Village located at 2052 Hwy. 30A West in Santa Rosa Beach. It features a phenomenal kitchen and bar that would rival most any in South Walton, while offering a fantastic entertainment environment with its state-of-the-art, concert-quality sound and stage.
The acquisition is the first restaurant space for the Williams Group, which has focused mainly on office properties to this point.
As the real estate broker at Somers & Company, John Paul Somers told The Sun the passion and integrity that Joel and Cagen bring to the table are unparalleled.
"They've been very diligent in reimaging properties, thus creating marketability for me to more effectively promote," he said. "Their passion is contagious, which ultimately infuses new excitement into the projects in which we embark."
Culturally expanding the 30A market is exactly what Joel and Cagen have in mind.
"We are going to be searching for a seasoned tenant," Cagen said. "We want somebody who is going to use this space to the best of its ability, something that's going to add an amenity to 30A."
While nothing has been finalized, there are plenty of ideas and opportunities floating around.
One idea would involve the space above the restaurant, which could be built-out for an artist to take advantage of the roughly 5,500-square feet, transforming it into a premier living workspace with a studio enjoying views of the Gulf of Mexico; or perhaps the use could involve a fabulous cultural arts venue, accommodating special community events.
The Williams will oversee development of the site, but Cagen said the key would be to let the new tenant have some creative control over the space. "The multifaceted potential of this rare opportunity on Scenic 30A is going to offer the ability for a restaurateur to offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner concepts, as well as a sophisticated evening entertainment experience," Somers added.
Based on the level of interest thus far, it's only a matter of very limited time before the site becomes a sought-after destination on 30A.
"I think people are clamoring for a space like this," Cagen said, noting many desirable features, not the least of which is the surplus of parking available on site.
"In the two weeks since my clients acquired this property, I've personally shown it to seven accomplished restaurateurs operating along the Emerald Coast," Somers said.
For more information about the space, call Somers & Company at (850) 654-7777 or visit www.SomersCompany.com.
Looking at their investment, Joel and Cagen say this opportunity was one they couldn't pass up.
"A project like will help the whole village," Joel told The Sun. "This has the potential to generate a lot of interest in the area."