The 4,200-sq. ft. restaurant has been sitting empty for the past eight months, but a local restaurateur plans to serve three meals a day at the new Fairway Tavern Italian Bar and Grill.
After sitting empty the past eight months, the restaurant at the Daytona Beach (Fla.) Golf Course is set to come back to life, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.
Within the next fews weeks, the small building perched in the middle of the golf course will reopen as Fairway Tavern Italian Bar and Grill, an eatery that will serve three meals a day and offer everything from pastas to steaks to burgers, the News-Journal reported.
“We look forward to working with the community,” said the new venture’s owner, Filippo Vaglica, who noted he’ll be open on holidays and have special dishes on those days.
The seven-day-per-week operation is likely to be a welcome addition for the golfers and other local residents who had been regulars during the 21 years that the city-owned building was home to the Clubhouse Restaurant. That business closed last summer, about two months after the owner, 53-year-old Glen Leizear, lost his battle with cancer, the News-Journal reported.
Vaglica and his family have owned and operated restaurants for decades, Williamson said. Vaglica’s sister runs Tiano’s Italian Restaurant at the New Smyrna Beach Golf Course, and she’ll be a partner in the new Daytona golf course restaurant, the News-Journal reported.
“We’re very excited to get him,” said Percy Williamson, the city’s director of Leisure Services. “Golfers are anxiously awaiting his arrival.”
At their meeting Wednesday night, city commissioners approved a deal to lease the 4,200-sq. ft. golf course building to Vaglica for the next three years with the option to tack on a two-year renewal lease starting in March 2018. Vaglica was one of two people who submitted proposals to run the restaurant, the News-Journal reported.
The lease agreement will carry a base rent of $1,000 per month with an annual increase tied to the Consumer Price Index. Vaglica will also have to pay additional rent equaling 2 percent of gross sales, and will be required to use a computer system compatible with city government software so city officials can easily review transactions at the new restaurant, the News-Journal reported.
The lease calls for Vaglica’s base rent to be waived for the first six months with the understanding he’ll use the $6,000 he would have paid to the city to buy flat-screen televisions, updated lighting, a movable dance floor and an additional pizza oven, the News-Journal reported.
The city has refurbished the building over the past several months, adding a new roof, flooring and paint, Williamson said. The city is also allowing the new operation to use the tables and chairs in the restaurant. The restaurant will also operate a mobile golf cart to get beverages to golfers on the course and provide catering for the city and private events. The business will also have a liquor license and bar, the News-Journal reported.
The lease agreement prohibits the restaurant operation from selling anything other than food and beverages, the News-Journal reported.