Fort Lauderdale eatery Shirttail Char...

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

There are 36 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Aug 17, 2007, titled Fort Lauderdale eatery Shirttail Charlie's closed for repairs -.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

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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somebodyhelpme

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#23 Aug 18, 2007
Sarah wrote:
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.
Actually the dog sounds like the best part of the place.
Shirtail Charlies

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#25 Aug 19, 2007
Although a nice little spot to sit along the New River, the quality of the food for the past three years, until closing, was nothing short of revolting.

When a new restaurant operator came in about a year or so ago, he revamped the upstairs dining area - it is beautiful - but didn't spend any money revamping the main floor restaurant area.

He did attempt to offer better quality food, and to a degree, somewhat healthier.

He lost the lease.

We welcome an impeccably clean restaurant, but fail to understand how substantially revising the menu to include more casual fare including hot dogs, hamburgers (a few times delivered half-frozen), and fish sandwiches changes anything. Those items have been on the menu for years.

Only a dramatic menu revamping and proper cooking will really help them succeed. There are plenty of local customers who will return frequently if this happens.
A1ACharles is MyNewAlias

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#26 Aug 19, 2007
Shirtail Charlies wrote:
Although a nice little spot to sit along the New River, the quality of the food for the past three years, until closing, was nothing short of revolting.
When a new restaurant operator came in about a year or so ago, he revamped the upstairs dining area - it is beautiful - but didn't spend any money revamping the main floor restaurant area.
He did attempt to offer better quality food, and to a degree, somewhat healthier.
He lost the lease.
We welcome an impeccably clean restaurant, but fail to understand how substantially revising the menu to include more casual fare including hot dogs, hamburgers (a few times delivered half-frozen), and fish sandwiches changes anything. Those items have been on the menu for years.
Only a dramatic menu revamping and proper cooking will really help them succeed. There are plenty of local customers who will return frequently if this happens.
I hope so because about a half dozen developers are salivating like dogs to pour as much concrete into that small footprint as possible.
Shirtail Charlies

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#27 Aug 19, 2007
A1ACharles is MyNewAlias wrote:
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I hope so because about a half dozen developers are salivating like dogs to pour as much concrete into that small footprint as possible.
Cabi Developers owns the land the restaurant is on along with the properties where the marina is located and the empty lot on SW 4th Avenue.

Their plan is to scrap the current restaurant and marinas, and rebuild with a few different restaurants, retail, boat storage, etc. This will enhance the Riverwalk and will create a "match" between the north and south sides of the New River.

The lot on SW 4th Avenue (due west of the restaurant)is where they want to build a condominium.

We'll see what happens.
beguiled

Salisbury, MA

#28 Aug 19, 2007
Shirtail Charlies wrote:
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Cabi Developers owns the land the restaurant is on along with the properties where the marina is located and the empty lot on SW 4th Avenue.
Their plan is to scrap the current restaurant and marinas, and rebuild with a few different restaurants, retail, boat storage, etc. This will enhance the Riverwalk and will create a "match" between the north and south sides of the New River.
The lot on SW 4th Avenue (due west of the restaurant)is where they want to build a condominium.
We'll see what happens.
Wow, there is already thousands of condos not selling in FT. Laudedale. Might as well add a few dozen more LOL.
Linmikmog

AOL

#29 Aug 24, 2007
We visited Shirttails quite often, sure the food wasnt the best, and the service was even worse, but it was always a fun day taking the boat there for lunch, swimming in the pool, eating, rum runners and music, the kids always enjoyed it because it broke up the boat ride and could cool off in the pool and eat. Hopefully it comes back stronger.. Until then gotta hit up Bahia cabana
Al Gore

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#30 Aug 24, 2007
I wonder how tall the condo mountain will be on that side of the canyon?
curious reader

Deerfield Beach, FL

#31 Aug 25, 2007
I agree that they shouldnt build more condos...I mean there is always room for improvement, but building more condos wont create a "match" between riverwalk and riverfront! leave riverwalk alone all you money hungry developers! instead of hideing riverwalk behind massive buildings, we should think of a way to improve upon whats already there! like I dunno, maybe making shirttail charlies into an interactive trading post like back in the old days. the point of having a museum in riverwalk should be played up more, use this location to educate people, because before we move forward, we should understand our past.
i wish

Riverdale, GA

#34 Feb 18, 2009
IN THE KNOW wrote:
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.
i wish i could've eaten there :(
i live in douglas county georgia, and Charlie Tommie (Shirttail Charlie) was my great great great grandfather. ive been researching his and his family for the past 3 hours. im 16 and supposed to be getting my license soon.. i was planning a trip down to fort lauderdale with my family tjust to eat there
i wish

Riverdale, GA

#35 Feb 18, 2009
i hope they reopen it and soon. my boyfriend of 2 years was planning on taking me down there over the summer cause i told him all about shirttail charlie. from how people describe it (the paper plates and plascit forks and dogs) it sounds amazing :) i live in the middle of everything in douglasville and i want to just get away. i want to see what shirttail charlies is like
Al Mistwe

Delray Beach, FL

#36 Mar 1, 2009
Will Charlies reopem?
redneck

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#37 Mar 1, 2009
the food sucked, so did half of the clients-we don't need it
Betsy

Miami, FL

#38 Jul 17, 2009
This place use to be awesome and it is again The Pirate Republic Took over last week and made it great again opening night 7/18/9
louie judd

Gainesville, FL

#39 Jul 19, 2009
and now the River House on New River has closed
K Jackson

Spartanburg, SC

#40 Jul 21, 2009
My grandfather, David Jackson, built both Riverfront Marina and Shirttail Charlies from the ground up, over 30 years ago. I used to spend my whole summers there as a kid, but my family sold it in 2005. It was heartbreaking that the new owners ran both the marina and the restaurant into almost unserviceable conditions. My cousin and I were happy and disappointed at the same time at the grand opening of the Pirate Republic on Saturday. We shall see how it goes, it is just sad when I talk to people and they tell me how much they miss the old "Shirttail Charlies".
New Age Bubba

Austin, TX

#41 Aug 9, 2009
Born and raised in FtL and the last time I went to Shirt/T/C it was terrible; but a great location. Oh well, there's always Brownie's on South Andrews or the Down Under in the Maxwell Arcade.

Also, for those of you worried about the price of boating: due to the Bush Debacle, which is just beginning to unfold as it pulls South Florida under the surface of the drowning pool, you have other more serious issues believe me!

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