Vol 6 No. 42 - July 12, 2006

Sportfish Grill & Market all about great food
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer

HOLMES BEACH – There’s a new eatery on the Island and it’s bringing a new dining experience to the area.

Sportfish Grill and Market in the Holmes Beach Shopping Center at 5318 Marina Drive opened recently after owner Jeff Cummins purchased Crabber Tom’s. He redecorated and came up with an extensive new menu adding several new types of cuisine to the seafood that had been a mainstay of the old restaurant.

"It’s a fusion of regional United States and international cuisine," Cummins said. "It’s where old Florida merges with trendy tapas."

The menu includes seafood, pasta, barbecue and Mexican dishes.

Cummins hails from California, where he worked as an artist, entertainer and in the restaurant business for 16 years before moving to the area. He worked locally at the Sarasota Yacht Club, the Lakewood Ranch Country Club and the Mango Grill before opening Sportfish Grill and Market. He said he wants the seafood to enhance the dining experience.

Jeff Cummins shows off the new sign to go with the new menu at the restaurant.
"Sportfish is a kind of fishing boat designed for big game," he said "We hope to show fishing videos and we’ll hang fish replicas on the walls."

Cummins said he also invites local anglers and fishing boat captains to bring in their photos and videos of their catch. He said he’s already seen a lot of interest from the captains.

In addition to the fresh seafood, he plans on fresh ingredients in his sauces.

"We’ll serve simple salsas with hot sauces to add on," he said. "My wife is from Mexico and she’ll have a lot of influence on our Mexican dishes."

It’s a new dining experience, according to Cummins, who said he intends to sell a lot of stone crab during season. His menu includes daily specials and you can order to go.

Sportfish Grill and Market is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and you can call 779-9383 for information or to order take-out.

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