The Florida Keys are getting ready to make a big splash with the opening of a brand new seafood restaurant.
Gainesville’s Malibu Seafoods will open its doors to the public on Monday, Sept. 3, in the new space of a former fire station.
Malibu was founded by John Deere, owner of the Gainesville Fire Department, and owner/executive chef/sommelier Josh Nesbitt, and is located in a historic fire station at the intersection of Florida Avenue and Florida Highway 2.
The Malibu will serve up an array of seafood including lobsters, crab, clams, oysters, bass and mackerel, as well as lobster legs and lobster tails.
It will also offer the most authentic Malibu fare, including lobster rolls, grilled salmon and mac and cheese, among other options.
Malibirds and Malibans also will be available, but there are no plans for the restaurant to serve up any of the state’s native fish.
The restaurant is a partnership between Deere and Nesbs family, who have been operating the Malibu in Gainesville since 2016.
“We are so excited to bring Malibu to Gainesville,” Deere said in a statement.
“It’s the perfect spot to start your culinary journey in the state.”
The new restaurant is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019.