'Fresh, local, sustainable seafood': Area locals to open harbor front Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi

Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi

Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi will open its doors in HarborWalk Village in early spring. The restaurant is located at the former home of Poppy's Crazy Lobster.

Tina Harbuck | The Log
Published: Friday, January 10, 2014 at 04:32 PM.

A lot has changed since a group of friends played ball together at Fort Walton Beach High School, but the gang is back together and opening Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi in HarborWalk Village.

"I was born and raised on fresh seafood right off the boat," said Co-owner Tyler Jarvis, who is the son of longtime Destin boat captain Gary Jarvis. "This whole restaurant is based on the philosophy of fresh, local, sustainable seafood."

Located at 56 Harbor Boulevard, Jackacudas is expected to open its doors by early spring in the former home of Poppy's Crazy Lobster. 

In addition to Jarvis, the Jackacudas team consists of Chris Ruyan (co-owner), Tyler McMahan (executive chef) and Efrain Tirado (sushi chef).

Jarvis, McMahan and Ruyan have been friends since they were kids, while Tirado joined the team from San Diego, Calif., where he learned his craft at restaurants such as Nobu, Jrdn and Zensei Sushi. Tirado has been crafting unique sushi rolls for more than a dozen years.

Tirado's sushi isn't your typical soy sauce-heavy roll either; it's "more of a fusion style."

"It's house-made sauces that will compliment the rolls and the proteins," he said.

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