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Family purchases The Green Flash Waterfront Restaurant

By Staff | Feb 26, 2021

Captiva Hospitality Restaurant Group, owned by Tim and Julie McGowan of St. Louis, Missouri, announced the recent acquisition of Captiva’s iconic waterfront restaurant, The Green Flash.

The Green Flash has long been a mainstay on the island and has been considered one of the finest restaurants, the company reported in a prepared statement. It is situated in the heart of Captiva directly upon the busiest part of Roosevelt Channel. The restaurant is an ideal place to sit and enjoy outdoor dockside dining and watch the manatees, otters and fishing boats compete for the local catch.

The McGowans purchased The Green Flash from Andreas Bieri, who created the concept and opened the restaurant in 1994. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the acquisition included the real estate and restaurant operations.

Initially, the McGowans were interested in expanding their family’s Rosalita’s Cantina brand and had searched for years on Sanibel and Captiva for a viable opportunity. After many visits and wonderful meals at The Green Flash, the focus gradually changed from converting to the Rosalita’s brand to continuing the traditions of The Green Flash.

The McGowans credit Andreas with having a wonderful vision in 1994, as well as having the talent and tenacity to have operated The Green Flash as a first-class restaurant for over a quarter of a century.

“It is our goal to continue the traditions of The Green Flash and honor all of the hard work and dedication that has been consistent throughout the years,” Julie McGowan reported in the statement.

The Green Flash is open for lunch and dinner daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The fare is traditional gourmet dining with a European flair. There is ample parking and 15 boat slips available.

The McGowans have already expanded the outdoor patio and initiated dinner service to the dockside tables.

“We are very grateful to Andreas and Sandy Bieri for entrusting us with the historic legacy of The Green Flash,” Tim McGowan reported in the statement. “It is now our family’s obligation to continue to provide for the employees and the loyal customers of The Green Flash.”

For more information, visit https://greenflashcaptiva.com/.

The Green Flash Waterfront Restaurant is at 15183 Captiva Drive, Captiva.