TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --
The Tyndall Marina will begin serving dinner Friday evenings starting Nov. 3, 2017.
The expanded two days of service are in addition to the second and fourth Fridays hosted by the Tyndall Dive Flight.
“At the marina, we’ve always thought it is the best location on base,” said Brian Antoine, 325th Force Support Squadron club manager. “There is a great view, great weather and the water is beautiful. We have a good following for lunchtime and we were looking to open for dinner. We don’t have a place on base that opens for dinner, so with the marina, we said, ‘We have a kitchen let’s open for dinner.’”
After the completion of a soft open, members of the 325th FSS believe they are ready to put the word out to Airmen of the new dining option available to them.
“We took some time and planned the menu and did a soft open,” Antoine said. “It was just to introduce people to the new schedule. We have some really good cooks with a lot of experience. I’ve owned my own restaurants for a number of years and food is just a passion of mine.
“We wanted to have a beachy and seafoodie theme, nothing too fancy. We have added steak and chicken as well, so we have surf and turf. We also have great salads” he added.
Antoine noted that the future success of the Tyndall Marina dinners is due in part to the restructuring of Tyndall Clubs management and an increase of staff.
“Within the last 10 months, we got some guys in with really good experience,” he said “We used to have different managers for different locations, now we are all under one. With that, we can interchange staff from other restaurants, so we can bring it all together.”
In addition to this publication, Antoine wanted to highlight that Airmen will see more advertisements of the Tyndall Marina from the professionals of the 325th FSS marketing staff.
“The main thing is that marketing is going to be the key to letting Airmen know that we are here,” he said. “We haven’t done dinner in a number of years. We’re back here in housing and getting the word out is something we are doing. After our soft open, we will know what we can do and put the blast out and let the Airmen know.”
The staff of the Tyndall Marina looks to have more attractions than just the food.
“The next time we do this, we will have a guy on the roof deck singing and playing live music,” he said. “We are looking to have that as a standard. The entertainment we have here is actually coming from some people who work on base. One person is a guitar player, the other a jazz singer. We are looking to change it up every other week.
“There are beautiful sunsets out here and a full bar, so come on out and enjoy a great meal on base,” he concluded in the hopes of enticing Airmen new and old to the Tyndall Marina.