The Turtle Nest Café will feature fine dining on the beach during the fifth annual Sanding Ovations Masters Cup Sand Sculpture Competition and Music Festival in Treasure Island.
TREASURE ISLAND – For those seeking a new, different style of beach dining, it will be available this year during the fifth annual Sanding Ovations Masters Cup Sand Sculpture Competition and Music Festival.
Sanding Ovations co-director Meredith Corson is teaming up with Sloppy Joe’s General Manager Roger Jones, to produce the Turtle Nest Café – a 5-star dining experience sunken in the beach sand with a view of sunsets and 10 sand sculptures that will be built on the beach. It will be open for business Nov. 22-24.
The café will feature three tables, with seating up to eight each, carved out of the beach sand on the Gulf side of the Beach Trail.
“I’m very excited about it. This will be part of the event (Sanding Ovations),” said Corson. “It will be something additional for people.”
Corson and her partner Dan Doubleday will build the café. Sloppy Joe’s will handle all the food.
There will be two lunch seatings at noon and 2:30 p.m., followed by two dinner seatings at 5 and 7:30 p.m. The 5 p.m. seating will be the sunset seating.
Lunch will consist of three courses with some alcohol included at a cost of $300 per table, gratuities included. The evening meal will be a four-course dinner, which includes two bottles of wine, for $500 per table, gratuities included.
Corson got the idea a few years ago when she saw a similar café online in Australia.
“I looked at it and thought ‘this has potential,’” she said. “I thought I would do it for an event and do it up, like fine dining.”
Corson talked to Doubleday about the idea to see if her idea was workable.
Together they recently built a prototype on the beach and it worked well.
“We went to the (Sanding Ovations) committee and they loved it,” Corson said. “Everybody who we saw thought it was so cool. So they said ‘yes, let’s give it a try.’”
Reservations for the Turtle Nest Café will open Friday, Nov. 1. Afternoon and evening seatings will be available Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23. Lunch seating only will be available on Sunday, Nov. 24.
To make a reservation, email email@example.com. An employee of Sloppy Joe’s will get back by return email. Once a $100 deposit is received, parties will receive a confirmation. The deposit will be refundable through Nov. 11.
“It’s going to be beautiful,” said Corson. “It’s going to be sectioned off and fenced. It will be just like a little café. It will be a unique experience.”
After the café closes on Nov. 24, the area will be filled in and the beach will be returned to its original look.