SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
From left, Sylvia and Al Marnie opened Pelican Petes
By Louise Bolger
sun staff writer
Maybe Ive watched too many episodes of "Cheers,"
but it seems Im always looking for that local bar
and grill where the atmosphere is friendly and everyone
knows your name. Well. Pelican Petes in Cortez may
just be the place weve all been waiting for.
Sylvia and Al Marnie opened Pelican Petes last September
with the thought that good homemade food, entertainment
and a friendly smile would attract a hometown crowd. So
far their efforts have more than paid off.
The Marnies and their two teenage children have
lived on Anna Maria for 10 years. They owned and operated
a motel for six and a half years, ultimately selling the
property and going into semi-retirement mode. But Sylvia,
a native of Great Britain and Al, a Canadian who lived
in Great Britain, wanted to open a bar and grill with
an English flair. They looked around for more than two
years until they found the right location to purchase
for their new business.
What they established at Pelican Petes is a menu
of simple, uncomplicated good quality food with an emphasis
on seafood for both lunch and dinner. Some of their items
include clam chowder, burgers, sandwiches, prime rib and
seared tuna, but the menu item theyre most proud
of is authentic English fish and chips with the recipe
straight out of Sylvia Marnies mothers kitchen.
There are also daily specials like beef pot pie made with
Guinness Stout as well as homemade deserts. And to wash
it all down is a large selection of English and Irish
beer on tap.
Since both of the Marnies had careers in the entertainment
siness, they naturally wanted to include nightly entertainment
at their restaurant. Every night is a party at Pelican
Petes ranging from live music, to sing-a-longs,
Karaoke and poker nights. They have redecorated in a light
and bright tropical theme creating a safe comfortable
gathering place for groups, couples and singles. And Sylvia
and Al Marnie are always around with a bright smile and
So if youve been searching for the perfect bar and
grill to call home or just a good home cooked meal, give
Pelican Petes a try just dont expect
to see Norm at the bar.