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Since I first opened the doors of the very first location in the 80’s, I knew we had created something special, something uniquely South Florida. I can’t tell you how many people have told me that they met their spouse at the Quarterdeck or that we have sponsored their class reunions. 50 years is a long time. We now hire some high school students whose parents worked at the Quarterdeck location when they were young! More than 50 years later, we remain driven by the same old school, neighborhood values upon which we have built our success.

Frank Zaffere and I opened the second Quarterdeck® on Fort Lauderdale Beach in 1995. We outlasted every restaurant in the area, except another staple of the community, the Elbo Room. We have 21 years of continuing operations; through five hurricanes and three recessions, we have stayed true to our old school values.

– Paul Flanigan

About Paul Flanigan

Paul Flanigan


The patriarch of the Quarterdeck family, Paul purchased Quarterdeck from Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. in 1986, and he partnered with Flanigan’s for close to a decade, opening and managing a number of Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill franchise and company units.

He opened a second Quarterdeck Seafood Bar & Neighborhood Grill on Fort Lauderdale Beach in 1995 and then he soon partnered with Frank Zaffere to open six additional Quarterdecks in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties from 1997 through 2004. Paul and Frank teamed up to design, create, and open Dive Bar Restaurant in Jupiter, Florida in 2011, Dania Beach Quarterdeck in 2012, Beach Bar @ Newport Pier in 2014, and Good Spirits, which is set to open in early 2017.

Born in Texas, Paul has been in Florida for most of his life. He attended the University of Florida and then went on to graduate from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in Accounting, and later graduated from the University of Miami School Of Law. Prior to entering the restaurant business, Paul also worked as a staff accountant with Price Waterhouse in Tampa and later worked as an attorney with Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius in Miami. Paul is also an experienced pilot and is married with five children.

About Frank Zaffere

Frank Zaffere


Frank is a long-time business partner and friend of his fellow Notre Dame alumni, Paul Flanigan and Joe Zebrowski. His introduction to the restaurant industry began in 1992 when, within five days of his arrival in South Florida, he was employed as a busboy at the first Quarterdeck.

Less than 10 years later, he was named Director of Operations. Under his direction, the Quarterdeck doubled units and sales, and established partnership relationships with three major sports franchises in South Florida: the Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers and Florida Marlins. Frank was the impetus behind the adoption of sushi into our operations, first as a limited menu item, and then based upon his creation and development of Dive Bar, as a major revenue center. Frank’s restaurant experience includes serving as managing partner of all the Quarterdeck locations, president of Dive Bar, president of Beach Bar @Newport Pier, Lobby Bar LLC, Good Spirits LLC, and Jedi Enterprises LLC.

Frank is also a local radio personality with ESPN 106.3, where he hosts a weekly show concentrating on Mixed Martial Arts.

About James Flanigan

James Flanigan


James has worked in the restaurant industry since he was an early teenager, shadowing his father, Paul, and helping out with odds and ends around the Quarterdeck and other local bars and restaurants. He has worked from the proverbial ground floor up and has worked – or at least moonlighted – in every position in the front and back of the house. James’ career with Quarterdeck and in the industry continued through high school, college, and even law school.

A Fort Lauderdale native, James graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Accounting, and from the Florida State University College of Law. During college and law school, he worked in the federal trial court in Philadelphia, the state appellate and trial courts in Tallahassee, and also in different restaurants and bars in and around the Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee area. James practiced law for almost four years in Fort Lauderdale at the law firm of Tripp Scott. His practice focused mainly on commercial litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings.

James lives in downtown Fort Lauderdale and plans to plant his roots in the area even further. His love for the bar and restaurant business, along with his eclectic background, eventually led him back to the hospitality industry and to form Old School Hospitality with Paul, Frank, and Joe. He now handles the day-to-day legal and accounting work for Old School Hospitality and its subsidiary restaurants from our corporate office in Fort Lauderdale.






Our goal at the Quarterdeck has always been to deliver great tasting food and beverages at a competitive price in a fun, neighborhood environment. What sets us apart? Our Master Sushi Chef ensures the highest quality, freshest fish you can get. Corporate Chef, Kevin McCarthy, visits each store on a weekly basis creating new menu items, improving current items, and conducting regular tastings to ensure consistency and food quality while interacting directly with the chefs and kitchen managers. Our extensive wine and craft beer menu to pair with our customers favorite dishes. And our Spirit Master has crafted the finest cocktails to delight our customers’ palate. Our reasonably priced dishes rival the most upscale, expensive restaurants, in our neighborhoods. Finally, each Quarterdeck® has a casual atmosphere with no less than 40 TVs and is a great place to grab a gourmet burger, served over 500 different ways.

One of the biggest changes for the Quarterdeck® has been our addition of sushi as a major menu item. We were ahead of time in incorporating this into the Quarterdecks, and it has really paid off as our customers have loved having this option on our menu. It’s really the ultimate health option. We have an old school approach when it comes to quality service, customer satisfaction, and value, but we always have their eyes open for new trends that our customers crave, like sushi. Right now that’s Classic Cocktails. We believe we have the best Old Fashioned in the area. Because of economies of scale, we can deliver the highest quality sushi and Classic Cocktails at a very reasonable prices.