The new dining room at the Seagrass Pub & Grill not only gives people a great waterfront view, but it floats on the Homosassa River.
The restaurant's owners converted a large boat by enclosing it with tinted glass walls and windows and adding air conditioning, booths, intimate lighting and other touches. The 36-foot johnboat was built in 1966 and has had a lengthy career of service on the Homosassa River, Seagrass co-owner Thomas Crowley said.
"It used to be a river taxi a long time ago, taking people out to the Crow's Nest restaurant at the mouth of the river," Crowley said. "There were two boats, and I bought one."
The large boat, H.S. Tiger Tail, still runs with twin 115-horsepower motors. Crowley said he offers tours of the river aboard the boat, but it's mostly used as a one-of-a-kind restaurant, which seats about 30.
A companion to the inside dining room at the Seagrass, the floating dining room is open for lunch Wednesdays through Sundays and dinner nightly.
The boat is the latest of several improvements at the Seagrass, 10386 Halls River Road. A brick patio offers an outdoors dining experience, with tables nestled under green canvas awnings and misting fans keeping the temperature down even during the summer. The riverside patio also has a tiki bar and a stage for live music.
To comply with the state's new smoking law, the Seagrass has converted a second wooden deck into an outdoor smoking area, with an above-ground fireplace adding a little rustic decor.
The Seagrass is also accessible by river, off Marker 7 at one of the widest and most scenic sections of the waterway.
The Seagrass Pub and Grill offers casual dining, with appetizers such as buffalo chicken wings, salads, pizzas and basket meals of scallops, fish, fried clam or shrimp and burgers. Call 628-3595.
_ Jorge Sanchez can be reached at 860-7313 or sanchezsptimes.com.