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This location at 29943 Overseas Highway in Big Pine has been a restaurant for a long time. We have personally eaten here almost daily for 20 years.
Everyone, including us, was dissapointed when the Big Pine Restaurant closed. We waited, with some fear, of what would open next. When the Bucktooth opened it was clear right away it was not a Keyts restaurant. It had some good points, but it could never last.
When we went in to eat on one Sunday the doors were closed and a sign said "Not enough staff to open today". We thought that was rediculous. It is too good of a location, and too important to the community to close. We sought out the owner to see how we could help. The restaurant was losing $10-$15,000 a WEEK. Food and labor costs each greatly exceeded 50%. it was not a workable restaurant concept for the Keys.
We had other directions we were going in life, but badly wanted to see the restaurant succeed. We spent 8 months developing a great staff, reworking the menu and bringing costs down; All without sacrificing quality and keeping the big portions everyone loves.
Just as we had our first month the restaurant broke even and we saw light at the end of the tunnel, when the new owner announced he would close the restaurant. We again had to try to save it and took thanks to the new owner, we were able to take over the Rooster.
We may look similar, but we are a new restaurant with completely new owners. Unlike past owners, we are locals from Big Pine for over 20 years with a lifetime in the restaurant business (including years at A&B Lobster House, Morton’s of Chicago and Ruth’s Chris as General Manager).
We took on this venture, this very difficult task, to save the jobs of the great staff here and to provide Big Pine with the family friendly food and environment that has always been at this location. Your support is very important to us.
We are committed to serving the freshest ingredients, in the best recipes, with professional and reliable service. By supporting our restaurant and giving any constructive criticism you may have to a manager on duty, you can help be sure we are here, for you, for a long time. A nice review from time to time would be great, too.
So know that we are here for you. We will keep the quality up and the prices down as much as possible. We will keep friendly, reliable staff, and we will stay open for you during the slow times. In return we ask for a kind word to your friends and neighbors.
We are part of you, and
you are part of us.
We look forward to serving you.
Big Pine Rooster