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Frenchy’s on Clearwater Beach

Frenchy's Clearwater Beach Grouper Sandwich

If you are traveling to Clearwater Beach, you’ll soon begin to see the name “Frenchy’s” everywhere! Clearwater Beach is a small island, but Frenchy has businesses in several different industries operating on the island.

Who is Frenchy?

Despite seeing “Frenchy’s” signs all around the Clearwater Beach, Florida area; he isn’t originally from the area! Michael Preston (“Frenchy”) was born in Canada and grew up speaking both French and English. Michael and his family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he quickly received the nickname “Frenchy” from his new friends.

Frenchy first stepped foot on Clearwater Beach for a vacation shortly after high school. He loved the beautiful area and warm weather and quickly decided not to leave. Frenchy began working at a local Clearwater Beach restaurant as a dishwasher. Over the next several years, he learned the ins and outs of every part of operating a restaurant. Soon, he would be opening his own restaurant.

Frenchy’s Original Cafe

In 1981, Frenchy opened his first restaurant – Frenchy’s Cafe (now called Frenchy’s Original Cafe). Located at 41 Baymont Street on Clearwater Beach, Frenchy’s Original Cafe is still open today and known for the exact same thing that made them popular in 1981: Friendly atmosphere, cold drinks, and fresh seafood – specifically the grouper sandwich. The restaurant quickly became popular enough to have lines out the door and struggled to find a large enough local seafood provider to keep their kitchen full. Needing more local fresh fish and seeing a growing demand for fresh fish in the Clearwater Beach area, Frenchy started another business on Clearwater Beach.

Frenchy’s Seafood Company

Frenchy bought his first fishing boat in 1983 and opened Frenchy’s Seafood Company. The focus was to supply continuously, fresh and high-quality seafood to his restaurant and other restaurants in the Clearwater Beach area. As the desire for fresh local seafood increased, he purchased more fishing boats and grew his fleet. The fish are line caught, then weighed, cut and prepared on Clearwater Beach docks. The fresh fish is delivered to local restaurants, including Frenchy’s restaurants, every day.

Frenchy’s Continued Growth

Frenchy has a love for restaurants and Clearwater Beach, so he kept opening restaurants on Clearwater Beach. He opened Frenchy’s Saltwater Cafe, located on 419 Poinsettia Avenue on Clearwater Beach in 1989. In 1991 he opened the very popular, beachfront Frenchy’s Rockaway Grille. In 2003, Frenchy expanded south of the circle on Clearwater Beach and opened Frenchy’s South Beach.

After opening his fourth restaurant on Clearwater Beach, he took a break from restaurants and purchased the Olympia Motel on Clearwater Beach. After strong renovations, Frenchy opened a retro 60’s style beach motel featuring 15 units with waterfront views of the intercoastal. The retro hotel was named Frenchy’s Oasis Motel and opened in 2010.

In 2013, Frenchy expanded his name off the island. He opened Frenchy’s Outpost Bar & Grill. “Frenchy’s Outpost Bar & Grill is an open-air Key West Style restaurant situated near the causeway to beautiful Honeymoon Island in Dunedin.”

If you’re in the Clearwater Beach area, be sure to grab lunch or dinner at one of Frenchy’s restaurants. My personal favorite is Frenchy’s Original Cafe. I love their buffalo shrimp and the original grouper sandwich and it’s only blocks from Surfside Condominiums and The Villas of Clearwater Beach.

If I catch a late flight to Clearwater Beach, Frenchy’s Rockaway Grille is one of my favorite late-night eats on Clearwater Beach. Not only is it a very short walk from Surfside Condos and The Villas of Clearwater Beach – but a great way to get there is a quick and beautiful walk on the beach!

What’s your favorite of Frenchy’s restaurant?

Clearwater Beach New Year’s Eve 2018

Clearwater Beach New Year's Eve 2018

New Year’s Eve is almost here and it’s time to start choosing where to celebrate. Join the Clearwater Beach New Year’s Eve events including midnight fireworks!

Need some food on NYE? Check out these great late nights eats on Clearwater Beach.

Clearwater Beach New Year’s Eve Events

Light It Up – NYE Fireworks Celebration on Clearwater Beach

There’s a lot of options for where to go for a great Clearwater Beach New Year’s Eve dinner and celebration. No matter where you choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve, enjoy a fantastic Midnight Fireworks Show to ring in the New Year!

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise

“Say “Bon Voyage” to 2018 on a Yacht StarShip New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise! This festive cruise is the best way to celebrate NYE on the water. Dine on gourmet food, sip on delicious cocktails and dance the night away under the stars. Yacht StarShip will also provide party favors and a champagne toast at midnight for guests to ring in the New Year with a fireworks show over the water.”

The Clearwater Beach New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise boards at 10PM and returns at 12:30AM, but the party contines dockside until 1AM. The New Year’s Eve cruise includes: fireworks show and a champagne toast at midnight, open bar, Hor d’oeuvres, gourmet food stations, carving stations, desserts, party favors, DJ entertainment, and dancing.

Check out the dinner menu and purchase tickets now.

New Year’s Eve Grand Glow Funk Party

Dance your way into 2019 at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach! Doors open at 8PM and the party goes until 1AM. Purchase tickets now.

New Year’s Eve Party at Shephard’s

“Shephard’s annual New Years Party is a sell out every year and this year won’t be any different. Your ticket will get you in to the biggest party on Clearwater Beach! One ticket gets you in to the Soak Pool Lounge, Salt Tequila Bar and Tap Room, The Wave Nightclub, and Tiki Beach. There will be live music from New Divide featuring Cutty Jones. Dj Ray and Brandon James will be spinning top 40 and some of your favorite songs from previous years. This is sure to be the party to attend to kick of 2019.”

21+ Buy tickets now.

Jimmy’s 2018 New Years Celebration

Join Jimmy’s on Clearwater Beach for live music, complimentary party hats and noisemakers, a champagne toast and great views of the midnight fireworks show! Secure seats by purchasing advanced seating of the 10PM dinner time, featuring Filet Mignon and Lobster for $124.94 per couple.

Jimmy’s on the Edge and 505 at the Edge

This rooftop bar features amazing views for the midnight fireworks show, live DJ from 9PM – 1AM, food available until 11PM, and a Champagne Toast. $20 cover.

Marina Cantina Tequila Bar and Grille

Enjoy a delicious dinner at Marina Cantina Tequila Bar and Grille featuring entree specials and a limited dinner menu from 4PM to 11PM. The DJ dance party starts at 9PM and will end with a Champagne toast and a rooftop view of the NYE fireworks.

Clearwater Beach Weather & Events – December 2018

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Clearwater Beach Weather & Events - December 2018

Clearwater Beach Weather December 2018

It may be winter in Clearwater Beach but the weather is still beautiful! The Clearwater Beach Weather in December has average highs in the 70°s! At night it may drop into the upper 50°s – making it a great time to enjoy some delicious cool weather beach foods.

Relax in the warm sun during the day, and enjoy watching some great holiday events or movies filmed in Clearwater Beach during the cool nights!

Clearwater Beach Events December 2018

Clearwater Beach Sunset Cinema Schedule

Check out the Daily Sunset Festival at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach! The daily Clearwater Beach sunset festival includes local artisans, crafters, street performers and of course a beautiful sunset! On Friday and Saturday nights, stick around after sunset and enjoy a free movie under the stars at the Pier 60 Sunset Cinema!

(No movies scheduled on December 1st due to “Feast on the Beach” Food & Wine Festival)

December 7th: A Christmas Story (PG)
December 8th: The Man Who Invented Christmas (PG)
December 14th: Beauty and the Beast – 2017 (PG)
December 15th: White Christmas – 1954
December 21st: Elf (PG)
December 22nd: Disney’s A Christmas Carol (PG)
December 26th: Trolls Movie (PG)
December 27th: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (PG-13)
December 28th: The Little Mermaid – 2018 (PG)
December 29th: Mamma Mia! Here WE Go Again (PG-13)
December 30th: Finding Dory (PG)
December 31st: Solo: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)

Clearwater Farmers Market

The Clearwater Farmers Market features local vendors, fresh produce, and liquid sunshine all in one location! The Clearwater Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 1 to 4 PM.

Miracle on Cleveland Street

“Macy’s presents Miracle on Cleveland Street, a Ruth Eckerd Hall Experience, in downtown Clearwater on Saturday, December 1 from 5 to 10 pm. […] This free holiday festival returns for the 12th year when the 400-600 blocks of downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District will be transformed into a holiday wonderland complete with falling snow, an ice skating rink, horse drawn carriage rides, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus ($5 per photo). New this year, Mayor George Cretekos will be lighting the tree at Station Square Park. Festivities will also include a giant gingerbread house, face painting, inflatable bounce houses, a scavenger hunt with the chance to win a brand new child’s bicycle, courtesy of Baystar Restaurant Group and more. The following activities require a wristband, which can be purchased for $8: horse drawn carriage rides, ice skating, inflatable bounce houses, Rockem Sockem Robots.”

Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert Presented by The Florida Orchestra

“Ruth Eckerd Hall announces Star Wars Live In Concert with The Florida Orchestra performing Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical scores live to the film A New Hope on Saturday, December 1 at 8 pm. Fans will be able to experience the scope and grandeur of this beloved Star Wars film in a live symphonic concert experience. ”

Winter’s Wonderland at CMA

Now through January 6th. Winter’s Wonderland presented by Clearwater Toyota. Join us for a splashingly great holiday celebration at Clearwater Marine Aquarium!

  • Experience Winter’s Wonderland with lights and decorations all around the aquarium.
  • See the holiday-themed habitats and wish happy holidays to our resident animals!
  • Watch Santa and his elves as they dive underwater in Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway!

Clearwater Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

“Watch the Island Estates Holiday Boat Parade from Coachman Park, waterfront restaurants, hotels and private homes along the route.”

Florida Orchestra Pops: Holiday Pops

“Pure holiday magic you can’t buy at the mall, featuring the velvet voice of American Idol star and St. Pete native Michael Lynche. A perfect gift for the whole family.”

A Rockapella Christmas

“Sprinkle your holiday season with vocal magic! Rockapella brings it’s exciting, internationally acclaimed, a cappella sound back to the Capitol Theatre with a night of holiday classics!”

Home Alone Presented by The Florida Orchestra

“A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by The Florida Orchestra. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves.  Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family!”

Outback Bowl Beach Day

“Join the teams, their marching bands and cheerleaders as they enjoy the sun and beaches at the Hilton Clearwater Beach next to Pier 60. This fun day includes live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m”

Clearwater Beach New Years Eve Events

Light It Up – NYE Fireworks Celebration on Clearwater Beach

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise

New Year’s Eve Grand Glow Funk Party

New Year’s Eve Party at Shephard’s

Events Near Clearwater Beach – December 2018

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens (Now through December 31st)

Crafty Fest Local Handmade & Vintage Market (December 1st-2nd and December 15th-16th)

Dunedin Food Tour (Every Saturday)

Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting (December 1st)

Free Train Weekends in Largo (December 1st and 2nd)

Holiday in the Park – Pinellas Park (December 1st)

Ghost Tours of Safety Harbor (Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)

Guy Harvey Outpost Lightning Watch Party (December 1st)

Holiday Boutique at the Florida CraftArt (Now through December 31st)

Holiday Lights in the Gardens (Now through December 30th)

Honeymoon Island Bluegrass Festival (December 1st)

Largo’s Annual Holiday Stroll: Rockin Lights Family Fun Night (December 1st)

Reindeer Run (December 1st)

Snowfest in Downtown St. Pete (Multiple events in December)

St. Pete Power Boat and Sailboat Show (November 29th – December 2nd)

St. Pete Beach Drive, Dine & Wine Tour (Now through December 18th)

There’s Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs (December 7th)

Annual Tarpon Springs Boat Parade (December 7th)

Safety Harbor Tree Lighting (December 7th)

IBC Baseball Fall Nationals (November 30th – December 2nd)

Annual Festival of Lights Illuminated Boat Parade in Madeira Beach (December 8th)

Christmas Market & Parade on St. Pete Beach (December 8th)

Boley Centers’ 35th Annual Jingle Bell Run (December 13th)

Treasure Island’s Lighted Boat Parade (December 14th)

Candy Cane Hunt in Tarpon Springs (December 15th)

Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade (December 15th)

Largo’s Annual Holiday Stroll: Let It Snow (December 15th)

Magritte and Dali (December 15th – May 19th)

Safety Harbor Holiday Parade (December 15th)

Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade (December 15th)

Redington Beach & Indian Shores Holiday Boat Parade (December 16th)

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (December 20th)

“Toast by the Coast” New Year’s Eve Party (December 30th – January 1st)

First Night St. Pete (December 31st)

New Year’s Eve at Busch Gardens (December 31st)

New Year’s Eve at the MFA (December 31st)

New Year’s Eve Grand Tasting (December 31st)

New Year’s Eve with The Hip Abduction and Passafire (December 31st)

Rock N’ Play Masquerade Bash (December 31st)