DUNEDIN — Walt's Seasonal Cuisine, known for its lively chef's counter and focus on fresh ingredients, has closed and will be replaced by a new restaurant run by a husband-and-wife team from Boston.
The news of the closing came in an e-mail to customers from owner Walt Wickman. "I'd like to thank our loyal patrons for giving us five great years at Walt's Cuisine, in which we've had the opportunity to serve some great people and get to know many of you as friends,'' Wickman wrote.
The restaurant's last day was Saturday.
Wickman plans to focus on a new business, the Olde Bay Cafe & Dunedin Fish Market, 51 Main St. on the downtown waterfront. Besides selling fresh fish in the market, the cafe will serve sandwiches, wraps, fish platters, smoked fish spread, fish tacos and salads. His family ran a fish market there for 25 years before it closed about a decade ago.
Juggling two restaurants meant long days and nights, and Wickman said he's happy to have found a buyer after putting Walt's Seasonal Cuisine on the market nearly three months ago.
"It's actually a positive thing for us,'' he said in an interview. "We were still doing pretty good, but operating both places was just too much."
Steve and Patty Tingas bought his eponymous restaurant at 1140 Main St. and plan to open July 5 as Bistro Atlantis.
"Their concept will fuse casual fine dining with an old world Grecian flair,'' Wickman wrote. "We are happy and excited for the new owners and we plan on dining often at their new establishment.''