This month, the long-lasting Key Biscayne restaurant recognized for its water and skyline vistas, contemporary catches, and thumping occasions is celebrating its 51st birthday with a particular throwback menu obtainable August 21-25.
“Rusty Pelican is now a signature of Miami,” government chef Fiorela Cornejo tells New Instances. “We will be honoring our milestone with a menu from the ’70s, which reminds us of how the restaurant was, in comparison with the way it has grown — each in its menu and occasions — via the years.”
It has been a curler coaster trip for Rusty Pelican via the many years. Regardless of the numerous highlights, one low level got here in 1984 when a defective wire sparked a hearth that burned down the unique construction. In 1987, after a prolonged rebuild, the restaurant relaunched with a brand new second-floor occasion area.
In 2011, Rusty Pelican underwent an enormous $7 million renovation, bringing to life its present modern-meets-chic attract, full with a eating room for 200-plus, lounge/bar for 100-plus, and convertible ballroom with a capability for as much as 500 company.
Among the many memorable dishes which have appeared on the Rusty Pelican menu via the many years, a number of shall be revived as a part of the celebration. They embody a teriyaki-glazed sirloin accompanied by Polynesian rice and grilled broccolini ($19.72); conch fritters doused in a grilled pineapple relish ($7); and the “Hen Kona Kai” platter of grilled pineapple loaded with rooster, rice, and plantains and doused in a candy and bitter glaze ($19.72).
On the booze entrance, there shall be a trio of $5 cocktails, together with a mojito, mai tai, and the “Rum Away With Me” (Flor de Caña 12-year rum, Thai iced tea, and hints of cinnamon and Disaronno).
The week of nostalgia culminates on Saturday, August 26, with a Rusty Pelican Day Celebration. Happening from 6 to 9 p.m. on the bar and lounge space — full with panoramic metropolis views — the occasion consists of DJ spinning Hawaiian-inspired jams, ’70s tiki-esque décor, and photograph sales space opps. The ticket, which fits for $19.72, naturally, consists of handed bites, and company are inspired to ebook their spot prematurely through OpenTable.
The throwback menu and Rusty Pelican Day Celebration will do greater than have a good time the institution’s five-decade run. The occasion will serve to help an area nonprofit, with all proceeds that day donated to Overtown Youth Heart to learn its youth improvement programming.
“We’re the capital of excellent meals right here. We have now the view set for you, and we hope you may be open to making an attempt a few of our new dishes along with the classics,” Cornejo provides. “We have now all of it right here at Rusty Pelican.”
Rusty Pelican Day Celebration. 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 26, at Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne; 305-361-3818; therustypelican.com. Tickets value $19.72 through opentable.com.