The gang at Breezes celebrated their 6th Anniversary in typical fashion – with their friends. Pictured, from left: the Weekly’s Kate Koler, April Tracy, Britt Myers, Sam the DJ, and General Manager Trey Yager.
With the Atlantic coastline dotted with fire pits and disco lights, locals and tourists mixed like tequila and lime juice while celebrating the 6th Anniversary of the Middle Key’s favorite oceanfront restaurant – Cabana Breezes.
Voted “Best Waterfront Restaurant” in 2008, Breezes’ used their birthday party to launch a new menu peppered with treats like Prime beef steaks, tenderloin sashimi, rack of lamb, roast duck, yellowtail oscar, and charred mahi-mahi.
“Our goal was to create a Caribbean style prime steakhouse featuring the fresh seafood from waters just off our patio, but it’s all for the locals. So, they can enjoy the same resort-style atmosphere that attracts so many visitors to the Keys,” said Trey Yager, Breezes’ General Manager. “Oceanside, patrons can enjoy candlelight dinners with tiki torches and fire pits. It really is the perfect Keys setting.”
Yager also noted the expanded tiki bar menu hours (11am – 11pm) which still feature menu items regulars have come to know and love, like buffalo calamari, yellowtail picatta, and, of course, the Cabana Burger.
Both inside and out, Breezes’ new layout is designed to offer each patron a view of the ocean – including those wishing to dine in the climate controlled comfort of the interior seating area.
Last Friday, Yager and Breezes’ owner, April Tracy, decided to throw an oceanfront dance party, so they emptied the interior dining room, brought in another bar, and once Sam the DJ started spinning his records, the place became the only upscale discotheque this side of the 7 Mile Bridge.
The dance floor became so packed that Yager and Tracy plan on hosting a themed dance party once a month. As explained to this writer, Yager is envisioning a club where dancers can get dressed up and get their grove on without worrying about fights, spilled drinks and the normal teeny-bopper rabble-rousers.
Keeping it green
Last month, Breeze’s bar staff nixed insulated Styrofoam cups in favor of elegant glassware. Bottom line…protecting the environment. “We’re right on the ocean,” said bartender and local gadabout Tracy Peterson. “Green is good and everyone needs to do their part.”
By the end of April, Yager says Breezes will introduce an upscale martini and cigar bar to compliment the fire pits and beach access adjacent to the dining room.
Cole & Norma Tracy purchased the Cabana Club in 1979 and 30 years later, two generations are involved in the family business. Their son Mike handles the daily operations of the Cabana Club while April oversees the management of the property, including the liquor store, restaurant and suites. Grandsons Tracy and Jesse can be found mixing drinks, preparing entrees, bussing tables, or whatever else needs to be done on a daily basis.
The oceanfront disco was complete with an ice luge for chilled vodka shots. The usual suspects were all in attendance.