Riverwalk Park in Port Orange will be home to the largest restaurant in Volusia County.
Fysh Bar and Grill will open by December on The Point, an area within the park that juts out into the Halifax River creating a mini peninsula. Owner Sidharth “Sid” Sethi suggested the concept for Fysh Bar and Grill will be “somewhat based” off another one of his restaurants, The Twisted Tuna (Port Salerno), including live events every day of the week.
The revitalization of this section along South Ridgewood Avenue is a longtime coming. This area, the U.S. 1 corridor, was once a thriving commercial center. In the 1970s, as Interstate 95 came through Port Orange, business gravitated towards it, leaving the corridor behind. The planning commission for Port Orange began discussing improvements around 1990. Momentum has been building, two years ago Riverwalk Park opened. Now the 17,000-square-foot Fysh Bar and Grill’s is preparing to welcome guests.
Fysh Bar and Grill, Riverwalk Park and the newly built luxury apartments, Enclave at 3230, will be joined by riverfront luxury apartments, another restaurant, marina and retail shops that should help make the area thrive once again.
Riverwalk Park is a dawn to dusk park that is becoming a destination spot because of its many amenities and location. A boardwalk lines the Halifax River, there is a canoe-kayak-paddleboard launch, event lawn, fishing piers, picnic tables, playground, and splash pad. Adding Fysh Bar and Grill, opened beyond dusk, of course, will be one more reason for residents and tourists to spend time in Port Orange.
Port Orange Mayor Don Burnette spoke at the March groundbreaking ceremony, “Nobody is more excited to see this happen than me. It’s been far too long. We’re seeing dirt actually get turned. We’re not seeing words being spoken. We’re seeing action being taken, and the winners are going to be the people of Port Orange. Because they are going to be able to come down here and enjoy true waterfront dining once again here in Port Orange. I cannot wait for opening day.”
The restaurant was delayed by about one year. Mr. Sethi explained the delay, “was caused due to the uncertainty and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. We needed more time to see how the economy and industry would react. We’re comfortable now to get this complete.”
Construction is underway. The sea wall is in place for the two-story restaurant that will have a rooftop deck and bar. Mr. Sethi believes the rooftop bar may be the largest in Florida.
The menu will feature American, Japanese and Italian dishes along with a raw bar highlighting local fresh fish options, crabs and oysters. Among the dessert choices will be a gelato station for both dine in and takeout.
The 600+ seat restaurant will employ 150-250 workers.
It is likely this will be the first of many Fysh Bar and Grills.