Roadside restaurant has new owners
For a casual dining experience, it would be hard to beat Buckethead’s Beachside BBQ and Sweets, where you sit at an outdoor picnic table across State Road A1A from the ocean in Ormond-by-the-Sea. Often, guests are accompanied by the sound of the waves and a sea breeze.
Formerly Crabby Chis, the restaurant has new owners who have added a colorful paint scheme as well as sun-sail shades for more comfort. Joanne and Marty Young purchased the restaurant in October and have brought their own flavor to the business.
One unique aspect, Marty Young said recently, is that the menu has both seafood and barbecue. They offer burritos, seafood tacos, brisket and pulled pork. The couple plans to begin smoking wings in the very near future.
The Youngs learned cooking by operating golf courses in Ohio for 20 years. This included running the restaurants as well as catering. They developed their own seasonings and gathered tips from chefs they knew through the years.
“We have our own unique style of cooking,” Young said.
“I haven’t worn long pants yet.”
MARTY YOUNG, restaurant owner
For the brisket, they use angus meat and smoke it “long and slow” for about 14 hours. They come in at 7 a.m. to make the sides from scratch.
The Youngs vacationed throughout Florida before discovering Ormond-by-the-Sea, and found it to be more laid-back than Fort Lauderdale and St. Petersburg.
“I haven’t worn long pants yet,” Young said. “And you can’t beat this view.”
There’s a small bandstand, and Young said he’s looking into adding live music.
The weather can be a factor at outdoor restaurants, and the couple offer takeout or delivery and also have started catering.
“We want this venue to be the place that you want to stop by for lunch, bring the family out to on the weekend, or come by for an evening with a group of friends as you enjoy good food under the stars as you listen to the sound of the ocean,” Yong said.
The name, Buckethead’s, came from a brain storming session they had with friends one evening. Call 386-275-1620 or find them on Facebook at Bucketheads Beachside BBQ.