Fort Lauderdale eatery Shirttail Charlie's closed for repairs -...

Full story: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Shirttail Charlie's restaurant and bar, a watering hole for locals, snowbirds and boaters for more than 20 years, has been closed this summer for renovations, and operators hope some of the changes will boost ...
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Lake Worth, FL

#1 Aug 17, 2007
We used to park there, have dinner and take their boat to the Broward Center theatre. Too bad they stopped that too prior to closing the restaurant down.
What a joke

Miami, FL

#2 Aug 18, 2007
These guys own the Grove Harbor Marina as well. Like everything else, this will soon become a private rackominium selling space for a minimum of $175,000. Even if you earn $80k annually, boating will soon be a thing of the past for the average Joe.
Ed Norton

AOL

#3 Aug 18, 2007
YOu call this news? Everyone knows the restaurant closed down months ago. Great site. Lousy food that had gotten way too expensive. Boat ride after dinner was fun.
Ed Norton

AOL

#4 Aug 18, 2007
What a joke wrote:
These guys own the Grove Harbor Marina as well. Like everything else, this will soon become a private rackominium selling space for a minimum of $175,000. Even if you earn $80k annually, boating will soon be a thing of the past for the average Joe.
Already is ... and plans at the boat rackominium call for some chi-chi restaurant. G'bye Shirttails. Everything that makes this town great is going down the tubes
Seriously

Miami, FL

#5 Aug 18, 2007
I can't wait until these greedy developers go belly up because they run out of customers with $175k to burn. Empty racks for too long = bankruptcy. Then the owners of these megastructures can trailer their boats to the ramps like the rest of us Po-Folks- HAHAHA!!!
Sarah

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#6 Aug 18, 2007
This restaurant needs help in more ways than just structurally. The food quality had worsened every time I ate there and the service was worse than any restaurant I have ever been too. Plus there was a huge golden retriever that would wander around and sit on your feet under the table when you got your meal. I like dogs, but not begging for food when I'm at a restaurant.
Railfan Spouse

Miami, FL

#7 Aug 18, 2007
I have been here since 1998 and Shirttails' was ONE place I had come to really enjoy meeting with friends for happy hour occasionally. Drive up from Aventura to do so.
The old Shirttails' is already gone. Once the marina took over you couldn't dock your boat and stop for dinner.
The great bartender was gone.
No more free wings... crappy food.
No Shirttail's has gone alrady. At least I got to enjoy one part of Florida before it was too late.
Guess I better get up to Wiki Watchee before they trash it too.
Paul

United States

#9 Aug 18, 2007
Never heard of the place! Who cares anyway.
Maggie

Pompano Beach, FL

#10 Aug 18, 2007
The City of Fort Lauderdale is going to prostitute itself right out of business...Getting rid of Shirttail Charlie's (it will happen, regardless of the "revamp" in progress) is another smack in the face to Broward County/Florida natives.(Yes, there are still some native Floridians around!) All of the great local restaurants and watering holes are being phased out. What do you think brought this area to acclaim to begin with? I've tried a number of the fru-fru restaurants around here, they're nothing more than Chili's, Bennigan's, Applebee's, etc. in nice waitstaff uniforms...The "upscale" restaurants offer lousy food, surly, incompetent servers, and lackluster management. If I wanted a lousy dinner with attitude I'd go to my mother-in-law's for dinner. We've said goodbye to Ireland's Inn, Pier 66, Jack and Burt's, and many others. Now we face losing Shirttail Charlie's,...UNBELIEVABLE!
Gator

Newberry, FL

#12 Aug 18, 2007
I thought that place went out of business 5 years ago! Huh.
Uh-Huh

Miami, FL

#13 Aug 18, 2007
I got food poisoning there...maybe they'll renovate the quality and freshness of the food while they're at it.
glenn

United States

#14 Aug 18, 2007
Maggie wrote:
The City of Fort Lauderdale is going to prostitute itself right out of business...Getting rid of Shirttail Charlie's (it will happen, regardless of the "revamp" in progress) is another smack in the face to Broward County/Florida natives.(Yes, there are still some native Floridians around!) All of the great local restaurants and watering holes are being phased out. What do you think brought this area to acclaim to begin with? I've tried a number of the fru-fru restaurants around here, they're nothing more than Chili's, Bennigan's, Applebee's, etc. in nice waitstaff uniforms...The "upscale" restaurants offer lousy food, surly, incompetent servers, and lackluster management. If I wanted a lousy dinner with attitude I'd go to my mother-in-law's for dinner. We've said goodbye to Ireland's Inn, Pier 66, Jack and Burt's, and many others. Now we face losing Shirttail Charlie's,...UNBELIEVABLE!
All the places you mentioned closed because they weren't doing enough business or were badly overpriced for their range of dining. This is prime real estate now so get used to redevelopment.

Since: Jun 07

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#15 Aug 18, 2007
Maggie wrote:
The City of Fort Lauderdale is going to prostitute itself right out of business...Getting rid of Shirttail Charlie's (it will happen, regardless of the "revamp" in progress) is another smack in the face to Broward County/Florida natives.(Yes, there are still some native Floridians around!) All of the great local restaurants and watering holes are being phased out. What do you think brought this area to acclaim to begin with? I've tried a number of the fru-fru restaurants around here, they're nothing more than Chili's, Bennigan's, Applebee's, etc. in nice waitstaff uniforms...The "upscale" restaurants offer lousy food, surly, incompetent servers, and lackluster management. If I wanted a lousy dinner with attitude I'd go to my mother-in-law's for dinner. We've said goodbye to Ireland's Inn, Pier 66, Jack and Burt's, and many others. Now we face losing Shirttail Charlie's,...UNBELIEVABLE!
This was the last straw!!This native South Floridian is fed up. I'm moving to Nome, Alaska to hunt whales and grow top shelf greenbud. Damn these capitalist pigs with their money making plans!!
nps

Miami, FL

#16 Aug 18, 2007
We used to go there for lunches or dinners! The services - include waitresses -became terrible! Took so long to get our orders and also took so long to pay the tab!

Also I found fish scales in my burger! So we stopped going there!
StoryofFlorida

Alpharetta, GA

#17 Aug 18, 2007
"Shirttail Charlie's restaurant and bar, a watering hole for locals, snowbirds and boaters for more than 20 years"

Locals: Moved Away! Florida too expensive to live or lost job due to housing market..

Snowbirds: Left Florida! Too high property taxes(no homestead) and insurance..

Boaters: Can't afford home and boat, since using home as ATM machine..

Better to close down and sell the land. More and more businesses will be closing...smell the recession...
beguiled

Amesbury, MA

#18 Aug 18, 2007
StoryofFlorida wrote:
"Shirttail Charlie's restaurant and bar, a watering hole for locals, snowbirds and boaters for more than 20 years"
Locals: Moved Away! Florida too expensive to live or lost job due to housing market..
Snowbirds: Left Florida! Too high property taxes(no homestead) and insurance..
Boaters: Can't afford home and boat, since using home as ATM machine..
Better to close down and sell the land. More and more businesses will be closing...smell the recession...
GREAT POST! Takes a lot to survive twelve months a year in the restaurant business.Pushing out the snowbirds didn't help.
Maybe

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#19 Aug 18, 2007
Ed Norton wrote:
<quoted text>
Already is ... and plans at the boat rackominium call for some chi-chi restaurant. G'bye Shirttails. Everything that makes this town great is going down the tubes
Correction Ed, everything that MADE this town great is going down the tubes.
Seeya

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#20 Aug 18, 2007
Paul wrote:
Never heard of the place! Who cares anyway.
Nobody from New York, such as yourself. Go home...
passerby

Friendswood, TX

#21 Aug 18, 2007
Another sad story in the ashes of Fort Lauderdale. We'll miss you Shirtail.

Of course I don't understand the rackiminiums. Those places are taking it in the pants right now from what the realtors tell me.

Since: Jul 07

West Palm Beach, FL

#22 Aug 18, 2007
You have to pay to get a top staff and chef and Shirtails hasnt known how to run a business for the last decade and longer.Your life is at risk if you eat there no matter what they do to the place.The same staff will be manning the stoves.

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