S3: Sun, Surf, and Sand at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
|The Restaurant People|
|An artist's drawing of S3, set to open next year.|
S3, short for Sun, Surf, and Sand, will take advantage of its spectacular location directly on Fort Lauderdale beach with a large outdoor area complete with oversized bar. The Restaurant People are also behind the popular Las Olas spot YOLO (short for You Only Live Once). The Restaurant People seem to really like acronyms.
The Restaurant People's Tim Petrillo spoke with Clean Plate Charlie about S3, which will fill a need on the beach for a midpriced dining experience. "It's either high-end or burger-and-beer joints on the beach right now," Petrillo told us.
Petrillo said his team looked at this location six years ago. It then went with YOLO but recently picked up the conversation with the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.
"I feel very good about the location," he said. "I feel that the beach is about to pop. There's density there, occupancy is high, and tourism has increased. There's also a void in the restaurant market for locals."
Petrillo hopes to open S3 by the end of next summer. "I would like to say that we're trying to have S3 open by September. But there are two things I know -- you never open on time, and you never open under budget."
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