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Bar Fly Set To Expand Soon

The downtown Safety Harbor taproom will start serving food after opening an adjoining grill in December.

Good news for those who like to eat, drink and hang around downtown Safety Harbor: Bar Fly is expanding its business to include food and a much larger floor plan in the near future.

According to owner Jeff Harrell, work on the new addition, known as Bar Fly Saltwater Grill, will be completed sometime in December inside the adjacent property formerly occupied by Great Clips.

The expansion will allow Harrell to serve food and nearly triple his seating space. 

“The capacity is approved for 75 people,” he said of the new layout, which will include a doorway to allow passage through from the original bar to the new grill.

“That allows us to seat a more people, still have our live music, and provide food for our customers.”

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Harrell, who opened on 3rd Friday in March, said he had heard so many of his patrons say they wish he served food that he knew he had to do something about it.

“Almost every little bar you go to, they have some kind of food,” he said. “People expect that when they’re out drinking.” 

With the recent vacancy of the storefront right next to his spot in the Harbour Pointe plaza, Harrell saw it as a chance to help his business while increasing foot traffic for the whole downtown. 

“The opportunity to expand came knocking, and I jumped on it,” he said. “I want to be here for a while, and I think with everybody doing their own thing, it all helps drive people downtown.”

The grill will specialize in Gulf-style seafood, including peel-and-eat shrimp, fish tacos, raw oysters and crab legs, and the décor will still feature local artists’ works, both for sale and display. 

And according to Harrell, the new grill will keep with the theme of the original bar. 

“It will have the same vibe, same music, same Fly beer and style, but with more room, more space to bring the family, listen to music, eat and have a good time.”

Harborite November 17, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Best of luck to Bar Fly with your expansion in downtown Safety Harbor. You have created a great atmosphere to have a drink, meet with friends, and socialize. Every time that I pass by, I hear great music playing and everyone is having lots of fun. I'm sure that you will continue to be a great success here in Safety Harbor. This message is from the Real Joe C.
Dave Deal November 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Just a small nitpick statement...they're taking over the Great Clips space, not Supercuts...
Jeffrey Rosenfield November 17, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Thanks everyone for the comments, thank you, Celeste, for the clarification, and thank you, Dave, for the correction!
John Hansen November 18, 2012 at 01:54 AM
the bar fly brings me all the way from sarasota to safety harbour to eat drink and be happy, cant wait for the saltwater grill.
John Callaghan November 20, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Its the best little Bar in the Harbah, and now soon to be the best Bar and Grill. Way to go Jeff and Celeste, on wards and upwards as we say back in Blighty!

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