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Beaches on Vilano - Reopened on 2/3/12


Beaches on Vilano, a fun restaurant in Vilano Beach, sent out the press release below announcing their closing on February 1, 2012.

Jan 31, 2012 -
St. Augustine, Fla.  – Beaches on Vilano opened its doors on Vilano Beach in May 2011, confident it would be a prosperous venture. Despite a relatively good winter so far, we have not been given the full year to continue the momentum we have created; therefore, we are closing our doors Feb. 1, 2012.

“Rick and I have thoroughly enjoyed providing our customers’ with the quality experience, closing the doors was not an easy decision, but under the current circumstances, it’s the only option. We have had such wonderful customers at Beaches on Vilano that I want to continue to offer some of their favorite menu items at my other restaurant, Donovan’s Irish Pub,” stated Bellantoni.

Donovan’s Irish Pub will be offering "Beaches Favorites," a menu section which will be offered for a limited time. Some great favorites that will be included are the Blackened Fish Sandwich, Surf & Turf with shrimp or scallops and Fish Tacos.

About Beaches on Vilano:

Beaches on Vilano is locally owned and operated by Maureen Blanchfield Bellantoni and Rick Gibson, residents of St. Augustine, Fla. The restaurant provides mouth-watering beach style cuisine while offering casual indoor and outdoor dining for your beach pleasures.

I will truly miss this great place to hang with friends, enjoy the sunset and their great food in wonderful Vilano Beach Town Center. I will visit their Donovan's Irish Pub, but it just isn't as close (physically and emotionally) to me. Best of luck Rick and Maureen! You will forever hold a place in the hearts of those of us in the Vilano Beach and Porpoise Point areas of St. Augustine. Vilano Beach was becoming the happening place we knew it would with the opening of Publix. And before I get another phone call with people thinking I am Vilano Beach Publix, Vilano Beach Town Center Publix's phone number is 904-827-1448.

Barbara Jenness takes joy in assisting people in buying or selling their home or land in northeast Florida (St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra,  and Jacksonville). She is a community activist and leader serving as President of Friends of A1A 2008-2010, Past President of Scenic & Historic A1A in St. Johns County for over 10 years, and past vice-president of Vilano Beach Main Street (North Shores Improvement Association). She is a past president for WCR in St. Augustine and a member of South Ponte Vedra Civic Association, Porpoise Point, Serenata Beach Club, and Palencia. She founded and is a Past President of the St. Augustine Regional Council (StAR Council) to promote the St. Augustine area to individuals outside the region.

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Comment balloon 4 commentsBarbara Jenness • February 02 2012 09:52AM


When we find a decent place...whatever it is, we must support it or one day it just wont be there...good post

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 8 years ago

Sorry to see your dinign place close - nice they will still offer their favorite dishes at their other place!

Posted by Linda Edelwich, Glastonbury Office's #1 Top Producing Agent-not on (William Raveis Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Richie - How right you are! Lesson learned the hard way.
Linda - Thanks.

Posted by Barbara Jenness, St. Augustine FL Real Estate (Barbara B. Jenness, P.A. - St. Augustine, FL) about 8 years ago

I am so happy to report that Beaches on Vilano is reopening today at 4 p.m. What a relief! I will be there tonight. I learned my lesson.

Posted by Barbara Jenness, St. Augustine FL Real Estate (Barbara B. Jenness, P.A. - St. Augustine, FL) about 8 years ago