Food and Beverage Space at Fort Lauderdale’s Marina Village Project Is Fully Leased

Native Realty secured the tenant lineup at the waterfront food hall/entertainment space.

Native Realty has successfully leased the entire food and beverage inventory at Marina Village, the waterfront food hall and entertainment project in the iconic Bahia Mar resort in Fort Lauderdale. The final tenants to sign lease agreements at Marina Village before the project obtained its certificate of occupancy, include Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, Sushi Song, and Taco Vibez.

Bahia Mar’s ownership, led by developer Jimmy Tate, was exclusively represented by Firm CEO Jaime Sturgis and COO Kaley Tuning in leasing Marina Village. Marina Village, which offers eight different food and beverage options spread over 35,000 square feet of open-air space between Fort Lauderdale Beach and the Intracoastal Waterway, is expected to become a popular dining and entertainment destination after opening later this summer. It provides a comfortable seating arrangement and lounging areas for customers. Additionally, a floating, stationary ferry will have more seating areas and a completely equipped DJ booth in the captain’s quarters.

“Marina Village is a case study in the Native Realty approach to curation,” Sturgis says. “We leveraged our extensive food-and-beverage industry relationships to carefully hand-pick complementary concepts with established followings. Marina Village is about to redefine the dining scene in Fort Lauderdale Beach, and we cannot wait to be regular customers.”

The $1 billion master development plan of Bahia Mar comprises a luxurious 256-key branded resort with 60 condominiums, four towers containing 350 residential units, a mega-yacht marina consisting of 245 boat slips, 87,000 square feet of commercial space that includes waterfront offices, restaurants, retail, and captain’s quarters, a pedestrian boardwalk, and green space.

“We applaud the Native Realty team for the successful lease-up of Marina Village,” Tate said. “We had interest from dozens of restaurateurs and were extremely selective about the tenants we moved forward with to ensure an ideal mix of interesting and fun concepts. The end result is a vibrant dining destination that greatly enhances the overall Bahia Mar experience and brings something new and exciting to Fort Lauderdale Beach.”

Marina Village’s food and beverage offerings will include: 

  • Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls offers authentic New England-style lobster rolls.
  • Sushi Song provides unique sushi rolls that blend traditional and progressive flavor components.
  • Taco Vibez is an expansion of a taqueria concept in Pompano Beach. It offers craft tacos, Latin-inspired bowls, and fresh burritos.
  • Blue Steel Pizza is a Detroit-style pizza concept that originated in New Jersey.
  • Burgers and Shakes will offer made-to-order burgers, shakes, and two specialty craft beers.
  • Fresh Garden Bowls provides healthy alternative food with seasonal, mostly organic and non-GMO ingredients.
  • Quore Gelato features a fusion of small-batch gelato and world-class liquors. 
  • Yip is a fast-casual dim sum concept initially founded on handcrafting dumplings from scratch each morning. 

For more information about Marina Village, visit www.marinavillageftl.com,

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