Mama Sherry's Pizza, Wings and Things
Sherry and Harold Hart, brand new transplants to the area from south Atlanta aim to open their doors in early April.
"We retired from our jobs in Georgia and moved down here," Sherry said. "We're jumping right in it!"
Sherry said she and her husband first came to Destin to visit her military stepson, who was then stationed at Eglin Air Force Base.
""Every time I came down here I didn't want to leave, I'd get sad when we'd leave," she said.
The menu, aside from the staples listed in restaurants' name, will also include charbroiled burgers, sub sandwiches, homemade spaghetti and lasagna — and a tiny taste of the ocean with popcorn shrimp. What Sherry is most excited about, however, is her secret sauce.
"I'm creating a house dressing that people are going to die for," she said. "It's a creamy garlic dressing that will be good on everything."
Sherry will use it as a menu item for salads and subs, but she personally enjoys it on wings, and even pizza crusts.
Sherry's will be a family operation, as her husband and sons Tony and Bobby Brown will be helping run the restaurant.
"I've been in the business all my life," Sherry said. "It's hereditary."
Although the restaurant's location on Harbor Boulevard will attract tourists, Sherry asserted that her main focus will be the locals.
"My job is to take care of the people who live here in Destin," she said.
The new restaurant, located at 529 Harbor Boulevard, could be open as early as April 1. It will seat 154 people, and feature both indoor and patio seating, as well as a full bar. Catering and delivery may also be added to the repertoire in the near future.
Nosh Eatery & Cafe
Sisters Jennifer Ochoa and Courtney Parker are used to being the new kids on the block.
Originally from Eagle River, Alaska, the two moved to the Emerald Coast following their mother's Air Force retirement five years ago. Their new business venture, Nosh Eatery & Café, is scheduled to open in mid-March, and the sisters couldn't be more excited.
"It's something that we've always wanted to do and it seemed like the right time," said Ochoa.
"I'm too overwhelmed to comprehend," added Parker. "Being in Destin, it was a big surprise when we found this location!"
Almost two-years of planning went into the business side of things, but Ochoa told The Log that once the location was found, they really hit the ground running.
"We've really put everything in gear to get everything open by March." she said.
The café will feature baked goods, as well as full breakfast and lunch menus.
The two work as a team, using their own strengths to bring the restaurant its unique flare.
"Jen does more of the cooking," explained Parker. "I do more of the baking."
When asked to describe the cuisine, Parker replied, "Classic stuff but a twist on flavors, to make it elegant and eclectic."
The breakfast menu will include baked items, grits and oatmeal with multiple choices of toppings, and breakfast burritos. Lunch will range from freshly caught local seafood to soups and sandwiches, and of course there will be a plethora of baked desserts.
"We have the 'green man' cupcake," said Ochoa. "It is a double chocolate cupcake with green tea icing."
Another obscure menu item that Ochoa shared is in the works is Alaskan reindeer sausage.
"It really tastes like deer and venison," she explained. "We are really hoping to get a contract with a business in Alaska and use the sausage in our breakfast sandwiches."
The café, located at 529A Harbor Boulevard hopes to open March 15, and offers take-out and a small dining room. Find them on Facebook at NoshEateryCafe and Twitter at firstname.lastname@example.org.