Two properties in Indian Shores, Bradenton drive Caddy's expansion

"We kind of got hooked on waterfront locations," said JWC FL partner Barry O'Connor.

click to enlarge Waterfront views will accompany the drinks and food at the coming-soon Caddy's concepts. - Courtesy of Caddy's on the Beach
Courtesy of Caddy's on the Beach
Waterfront views will accompany the drinks and food at the coming-soon Caddy's concepts.

First came Caddy’s on the Beach, then Caddy’s on Central. And as early as this month, JWC FL — the group that owns MacDinton’s Irish Pub and Yard of Ale — is set to expand the Caddy’s brand locally.

The indoor-outdoor hangout, which spotlights a crowd-pleasing menu of bar grub, is headed for Bradenton and Indian Shores.

“When we acquired the original Caddy’s on the Beach in 2015, we kind of got hooked on waterfront locations,” said Barry O’Connor, a JWC partner alongside Marcus Winters and brothers Sean and Finbarr James, in a statement. “We were fortunate that these two amazing properties became available at around the same time. We’ve been looking to expand the Caddy’s brand. It couldn’t have worked out better.”

Slated to open March 14, Caddy’s at the Pointe is under renovation in Bradenton at 801 Riverside Drive E. The bar-restaurant’s 7,000-square-foot building, previously home to Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar, will anchor the Manatee Landings Marina building at Mile Marker 24, offering diners who travel by water 50 boat slips.

In Indian Shores, the ownership group also purchased the Pub Waterfront Restaurant from local restaurateur Steve Westphal, the eaterys 18-year owner and operator. The JWC partners, who are managing the existing restaurant, plan to renovate and rebrand the concept into Caddy’s Pub over the summer. The space at 20025 Gulf Blvd. has 400 seats and 50 slips for boats.

“The time had come when we could not give the Pub all the attention it deserves,” Westphal said. “The search began for someone who could better tend to this special place. With JWC, we knew we had found the right people to care for The Pub for years to come.”

The JWC portfolio consists of the downtown St. Pete Yard of Ale, MacDinton’s, 260 First and Proof: Cocktail Club, as well as Caddy’s in Treasure Island and Yard of Ale in Tampa’s SoHo neighborhood.

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