While working at Chart House Restaurant in Grove Key Marina, waiter Scotty Wessel noticed that locals would line up to grab a hotdog and beer at the neighboring Captain Dick’s during Chart House’s daily lunch closings. Wessel observed what Chart House lacked: casual, welcoming dining on the marina. Some years later, Wessel bought Captain Dick’s once it was available for purchase.
Then in 1991, Wessel opened Scotty’s Landing in its place.
The bayside restaurant prides itself in having a laid-back atmosphere. Patrons sit at one of 50 tables in plastic chairs and are protected from the weather by an awning, with fans swirling above to help cool off on a hot day. There is both a main and tiki bar, which adds up to 50 stools.
Everything overlooks a marina in Biscayne Bay where manatees occasionally swim and countless boats are docked, including one owned by Spanish singer Julio Iglesias.
The restaurant, 3381 Pan American Dr., is known to serve some of Miami’s elite residents, such as Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commissioner Wifredo Gort, who works close by at City Hall. The easy-going atmosphere and serene setting has also attracted celebrities like Gloria Estefan, Pitbull, Nicolas Cage and Brian Walker, said Indira Funes, head bartender at Scotty’s Landing.
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