New beach tourist attraction opens
After a dearth of beachside entertainment, there is news of a third business opening on the shores of Bermuda.
Hot on the heels of new development at Tobacco Bay and news that Shelly Bay will be developed next summer, a smaller affair is taking shape on Fort St Catherine's Beach in St George's.
Erroll Burgess, known locally as “EB”, has quietly opened a food hut on the beach and has invited a selection of DJs to entertain guests on weekend evenings.
BQ Grill officially started serving food on the first day of Cup Match. Before that, the business provided basic beach furniture rentals.
Now, pending the official thumbs-up from the health department, BQ Grill hopes to become a fully fledged restaurant with a liquor licence.
Mr Burgess told The Royal Gazette: “We are still waiting for our full licence, we have a temporary one right now, and once we are official with the health department, we should be fully up and running quite soon. People can bring their own bottle and hang out, and we have a community cooler.
“We are trying to get away from the normal fast food to a certain degree. We don't do French fries, we do ‘sea shells' — potatoes sliced, sautéed, seasoned and grilled. The food comes right off the grill and right to you — it's all fresh and homemade.
“We have diving shrimp on the menu, swimming chicken, a beach burger for $5, hot dogs (sandy dogs) — everything is beach-oriented. The menu will expand — we do have a monster grill inside and a flat top so we can cook food in three different styles. You can get your food flat-top grilled, you can have on the BBQ grill and also the BBQ. We will have daily specials and lots of fresh fish right off the BBQ — we always use local fish. We have fresh wahoo today and last week we had fresh dolphin.
“From Monday to Thursday, we open up from 11am to 7pm and then on the weekends we open from 11am until, with guest DJs playing eclectic music including R&B, soca, reggae, jazz and island-themed music.”
Mr Burgess has been in the hospitality industry for most of his life. After attending the hotel college in Bermuda, he worked at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club in the dining room. He was later maître d'hôtel at a gourmet restaurant called Once Upon a Table, before moving to the Newport Room as restaurant captain.
His career path then moved to “the back of the kitchen” when he began cooking. He was a chef at Ocean View and started his own business called The Take Home Chef where he would cook for people in their homes.
“My cooking experience has been honed over the years,” he said. “I started this venture and business is going pretty well. We haven't advertised anything yet; it is just word of mouth. People know me and they tell their friends, and it is spreading on social media.”