June 29, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Crow’s Nest sells after over 40 years of Harner Family ownership
Venice’s Waterfront Landmark Restaurant and Marina, The Crow’s Nest, has been sold effective June 29, 2017. Founded and opened in 1976 by Steve Harner and Janis Payne, with Larry LaRocca and Harp Harner, The Crow’s Nest in 1976 was a 45 seat casual burger and fish sandwich joint on the 2nd floor of Tarpon Center Marina serving beer and wine. Steve was the first cook and Janis the 1st waitress. The restaurant stayed small until 1982 when Harner purchased the marina. The marina boat sales and service operations were eliminated and the building remodeled, expanding the restaurant and Tavern and a liquor license was permitted. Numerous additional renovations and improvements have been made to the property over the years resulting in the operation and facility you see today which employs over 100 people. “As the only ever winner of the ‘Best All Around Restaurant’ award by Readers of both the Venice Gondolier and the Venice Herald Tribune, our success comes from the efforts of the hundreds of hard working hospitality professionals that chose to be part of the Crow’s Nest team.” said Harner. Steve Harner and his wife, former GM of the Crow’s Nest Cheri Harner, plan to relax and unwind. Some involvement with wine, their passion, may be possible in the future.
Alain Tallard and Philippe Roux, experienced restaurateurs with 3 operations in the Boca Raton area, are the new owners of The Crow’s Nest. They plan no immediate changes in staffing or the operation and want the transition to be seamless. Prior to the sale, Harner talked with staff members of their operations on the east coast and was impressed with how they run their businesses and feels the Crow’s Nest is in great hands. Crow’s Nests’ guests should not notice anything different. All Crow’s Nest Gift Cards and unexpired Complimentary Gift Certificates will be honored.