Well folks, this isn’t the best news to begin the week with. After nearly 20 years in business, Aqua Bistro – the popular Coral Bay bar and restaurant – has closed.
“There was a breakdown in lease negotiations,” owner Andi Vacharat told me Sunday night. “We are grateful for the support we received during our time in the community.” Andi co-owns Aqua Bistro with Carrie Glenn. The pair took over the restaurant back in 2017.
Aqua Bistro was located in the Cocolobo complex, across the street from Coral Bay harbor. It was located in a courtyard beside Dolphin Market and next door to Salty Mongoose and Surf Club Cantina.
This might not be the end of Aqua Bistro, however. (Fingers crossed it’s not!) Andi said she and Carrie are looking at potential spaces around the island. I will keep you posted on that.
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What a bummer. Not only did I love their Grouper Sandwich but the locale was always perfect. Most times a gentle breeze off Coral Bay kept bugs away and very comfy for dining. We will miss their Painkillers too. 😉
This is awful news. So many good memories made at Aqua Bistro. Will truly miss sitting at that bar with the locals. So much fun. Food was great too. Such a nice atmosphere. Again, this is such sad news. I’m truly devastated.
Oh this is such a bummer! Loved the location and the people there. Was planning to go again when there next year. Fingers crossed they can find a new location but still on Coral Bay side. More options there would be great.
Sad news, we always made a point to stop there after or before we went to Dolphin Market. Interesting to see what will happen to this space, seems like a no brainier to have a going bar/restaurant paying you rent.
We will keep our memories forever of MJ (R.I.P), Megan, Soleigh, Kenny, Paul and the rest of the great servers between 2007 thru 2017. This is when IMO AB was at its best. The Dome was our favorite place to enjoy hanging out with the locals. Another great memory of a lost jewel in Coral bay “Shipwreck Landing”.
Thanks for the memories!