Johnny O'Quigley's sets sights on Destin harbor with ale house, marina (PHOTOS)

Matt Algarin
This parcel of land next to Galati Yacht Sales is poised to become a new Johnny O'Quigley's Ale and Marina, if a development order is approved by city planners.

A new restaurant and marina could be making its way to Destin harbor after a development order application was filed Oct. 4.

The project would be called Johnny O'Quigley's Ale House and Marina and would include an 8,876-square foot restaurant and two slip marina located at 172 Harbor Boulevard.

The 1.13-acre parcel, which stretches from U.S. Hwy. 98 to the harbor boardwalk, is owned by Newberry, Fla.-based Davis Companies LLC, according to records from the Okaloosa County Property Appraiser and was purchased for $5.1 million in 2005.

Most recently the parcel was home to the Tipsy Turtle, a waterfront watering hole that commonly offered live music along the docks. There are currently two existing structures on the property — a 1,794-square foot retail store and a two-story, 2,862-square foot single-family home.

Johnny Fuller, the man behind the restaurant in Crestview and the proposed project, told The Log that he wasn't ready to speak about the project at this time, but would offer some insight on the project next week.

The proposed restaurant would not be affiliated with the O'Quigley's Seafood Steamer & Oyster Sports Bar that's currently located in Destin. Charles Gleason, who purchased the Destin restaurant from its Fuller a few years ago, confirmed that the two restaurants would be separate.

The application was deemed complete by city planners on Oct. 7 and is now currently being reviewed by the city's technical review team, which is comprised of representatives from the city, utilities and other stakeholders. They are tasked with reviewing the application for compliance with their respective companies.