Welcome to the Island Room Restaurant.

For a short video showing the damage from Hermine, click HERE or HERE.

Hurricane Hermine you are not a nice lady

Thursday September 1st was the last time for a while that we would see the Island Room Restaurant in one piece. We did what we were supposed to do, boarded up the windows, picked inventory off of the floor, moved the tables and chairs to the pool side of the restaurant, the usual tropical storm prep to get her ready for the evening. As we head off the island we have no idea that our lives are hours away from being devastated.

Sleep that night was fitful to say the least, wind, rain, loss of power and more wind and rain. Gina was up and down during the evening and started telling me about some of the posts that were coming from town that were very disturbing, friends in their businesses posting about a wall caving in, people being picked up by boats on 2nd street. At daybreak when we could see I got up to get ready for the trip into town, Gina and I live about 12 miles off of the Island in Rosewood. Our front yard was completely underwater, so that meant that the only means of transportation to get into town would be our 350 Ford 4x4 truck (aka clam truck)

Friday September 2nd

Walking down the driveway to see about our chances of getting out I find leaves and limbs and a 50 foot pine tree upended across our driveway. We are told the earliest we could get on the island would be 10am ish. Its 6 now so that leaves me four hours to get that tree out of our way. Whizz, bang, buzz-buzz its out of the way and I still have all my limbs. Its always great to have a chainsaw in the tool shed!

We make our way onto the Island and number 4 bridge with all the vehicles waiting to gain access to the Island thank God for a special entry pass to keep the people who do not belong on the Island in this situation off. We arrive at the restaurant to walk around to assess the damages.

Ginas video tells the story without words. Our lifes work of 25 years has been swept away by the storm, complete shock, despair, awe, disgust and yes amazement are just a few of the words to describe our feelings and emotions.

For those of you who know us we are the perfect yin & yang. I am controlled, calm and reserved she is fiery, open and gregarious. We blend together to make a wonderful union. We will stick together and we promise to ourselves and our customers that we will be back and better than ever!

We have decided to use this website to update our progress on rebuilding. Our lives are totally disrupted our rental offices and gym were ruined and we are going to rebuild those also. We will be able to rent rooms shortly because there was minimal damage to the rooms.

Friday September 9th

Wow! Its been a week! Many emotional ups and downs, tears, anger, not much joy. We have many wonderful friends, employees and volunteers that have helped us clean out all of the destruction. One of the saddest parts of this is our wonderful employees. They are now out of work for how long? At this point we are not sure. The place has come a long way, most of the debris is out and all the ruined equipment, furniture, food, silverware, tablecloths, etc. Not much can be saved; there were waves over 6ft inside the restaurant. We have recovered many bottles of wine and liquor from under the dock and off the beach, Im sure we will continue for years to find interesting things. On a positive note, we can rebuild it how we want it and make some very nice changes. We will have all new wiring and plumbing and brand new equipment. Monday morning an engineer is coming to make sure it is safe to rebuild, keep your fingers crossed and pray. We now have our internet on in the restaurant and the phone number 352-543-6520 rings at our house. I am getting email at islandroomsox@gmail.com and soon we will have an answering machine/service on the 6520 number. We lost all our menus, checkbook and invoices and if we had an event planned before we are able to re-open please contact me.

Stay tuned to follow the rebuild of this great business We will be back


All meals are prepared to order in our State-of-the-Art Kitchen.

Enjoy your meal on our outdoor deck facing the Gulf of Mexico.

Or you can enjoy fine dining in our beautiful dining room.

Take a stroll by the pool afterwards.

We may be down but we are not out!

We will be back, Cedar Key Strong!

Contact Information

Physical Address:
          192 E 2nd Street, Cedar Key, Florida
Postal address
P.O. Box 716, Cedar Key, FL 32625-0716
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Last modified: September 23, 2016