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.