Minnie’s crew sings about red tide blues

Minnie's cafe staff
The staff at Minnie's Beach Cafe is ready to entertain or to serve at a moment's notice. Restaurant staffers Kathy Smart and Dawn Lee show off their best nautical attire. - Tom Vaught | Sun

HOLMES BEACH ­– The outbreak of red tide has cut into the profits of almost every business on Anna Maria Island and some business owners are fighting back, offering discounts for their services. Some of the larger Island restaurants banded together to offer a “Save our Shores” buffet Sunday now one of the smaller eateries is fighting back with music. The goal is to not only let people know that Minnie’s Beach Cafe is open for business but to also let them know there’s more to the Island than just the beaches.

The staff got together to dance to the Blondie song “The Tide is High,” sung by cook Mary Doub. Most of the waitresses danced to the music. The group dubbed themselves The Minnie’s Reefers and the video has been viewed by many people, including Maggie Plath, who came in Friday with her husband, Jim, to compliment them and collect a 10 percent discount for mentioning it.

Kathy Smart said they rewrote the lyrics several times.

“We went through it three times before we were satisfied,” she said.

“I thought it was very good,” said Maggie Plath. “After seeing it yesterday, I told my husband we would have to go here for breakfast.”

Smart said they hope people are entertained and come in for a meal.

Minnie's cafe guests
Guests Maggie and Jim Plath peruse the menu options at Minnie’s Beach Cafe. – Tom Vaught | Sun

“It was a lot of fun to make,” she said, “and it was a morale booster.”

Minnie’s Beach Cafe is open daily for breakfast and lunch. It’s located at 5360 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach in the S&S Plaza. The restaurant’s hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The staff’s music video, introducing the stylings of The Minnie’s Reefers, can be viewed on the Minnie’s Facebook page. Check out the video and mention it to your server when dining in at Minnie’s for a 10 percent discount on your next visit.