kindly took time out of her
hectic schedule as Executive Director of Hugs for Kids
, Lighthouse Point City Commissioner and now co-owner of Bonefish Mac's Sports Grille
, to discuss this most recent endeavor.
We sat at an outside table, euphemistically known as the smoking section, where I learned that her
family has been in the restaurant business for 50 years, owning and running such restaurants as The Golden Spike in Ft. Lauderdale.
husband, Chuck, recently retired from a food brokerage business that supplied restaurants for over 20 years.
They decided to combine what they've learned with their fondness for Lighthouse Point and launch Bonefish Mac's.
The restaurant's name comes from merging their family's love of fishing and their last name.
explains, "Mac is short for McLaughlin
and everyone calls Chuck 'Mac'.
My husband and son grew up fishing and bonded by going bonefishing.
believes that "Bonefish Mac's is filling a need in the community.
Plus, we want to live and work in our community.
We are having a blast because every night is like a big party at our house.
It is this local camaraderie that sets Bonefish Mac's apart from other area restaurants.
"We wanted a place where neighbors and friends could meet up.
We wanted a sports bar but also a place where families felt comfortable," states Jane
To this end, Jane
and Chuck's restaurant, located in the new Gateway Centre
, was set up to provide something for everyone.
and Chuck plan on doing the same for some Dolphin games, some more Marlin games as well as some Heat and college football games.
husband, is a sports fanatic and avid fishing enthusiast.
And, since the community of Lighthouse Point has so many boaters, fishermen and sports fans, they decided to meld these themes together.
The result is an eclectic blend of local sports memorabilia and nautical décor.
Pictures of old Lighthouse Point sports teams and locals showing off their prize catches line the walls.
encourages patrons to bring in sports and fishing pictures of their own to display.
Hurricane, Seminole, and Gator jerseys belonging to local athletes hang side-by-side with mounted trophy fish and a board showing all the local fishing records.
The furnishings also include custom-made swinging booths; each one is different and represents a different place in the Keys.
The combination of these details and local flavor are sure to create a loyal customer base.
puts it, "It's the Cheers of Lighthouse Point; you'll always see somebody you know."
gave me a tour of Bonefish Mac's, she
greeted friends and patrons alike with smiles and handshakes.
pointed out the small plaques with names above the bar, which anyone can purchase.
As we walked past the bar, a couple of local gentlemen were staking claim to the spots where their plaques would go.
I could tell that it wasn't their first time here and it wouldn't be their last.
This was confirmed as one said to the other, "we spill more beer here than most people drink.
Bonefish Mac's Sports Grille
has character and charm.
It was created by Lighthouse Point residents for Lighthouse Point residents.
points out that "some locals come in 3 or 4 times a week.