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Ex O'Brien's owner opens Salty Shamrock

APOLLO BEACH — There's a place called Arnolds in Donegal, Ireland, that is perfectly situated for those who like to enjoy walking tours and take part in the local festivals.

It's one of the many places where Sean Rice escaped after selling his interest in O'Brien's Irish Pub in Brandon last year.

He also spent time on his boat and running his fishing charter business — both of which are dubbed the Salty Shamrock. With plenty of time on his hands to enjoy life, the 50-year-old Rice decided he would combine a few of his favorite ideas and bring a new concept to Apollo Beach.

The result is the Salty Shamrock Gastro Grille.

Rice said he is currently in the first of four phases he has planned out for the new seafood restaurant, which will feature a secret fisherman's stew recipe he borrowed from the chef at Arnolds.

"We want to be the community restaurant that the area needs," Rice said. "A gastro restaurant that supplies fresh fish and oysters with a unique concept."

Some of the uniqueness Rice hopes to bring to the area is a breakfast brunch, a fresh-fish concept in which local fisherman will supply the catch that you see in front of you and a sushi and ceviche bar, which are the next three phases.

"The whole goal was to create an exquisite fish'n'chips and I think we captured that," Rice said.

Rice, who still lives in Brandon, says he plans to move his family to the SouthShore area after his sons Tomas and Sean Og graduate from Bloomingdale High School.

Salty Shamrock Gastro Grille is located at 6186 Apollo Beach Blvd. at the corner of U.S. 41 where Kaz's Seafood Dive used to be. Visit saltyshamrock.com.

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