TASTE OF THE TREASURE COAST
Bistro Bang Shrimp is one of the most popular dishes at 2nd Street Bistro in downtown Fort Pierce. This tasty appetizer is lightly tossed in a sweet Thai chili
aioli sauce and then topped with sesame seeds and a drizzle of wasabi.
TO EACH HIS OWN
With wide menu offerings and sports on 50 TVs,
there’s something for everyone at 2nd Street Bistro
Using advanced technology, the 2nd Street Bistro
STORY AND PHOTOS BY GREG GARDNER
in downtown Fort Pierce is one of the busiest and
most modern restaurants on the Treasure Coast —
serving more than 20,000 people a month.
Servers save as many as 2,000 steps a day using hand-held
computers to transmit orders and cut down on unneeded
trips to and from the restaurant’s three kitchens. With more
than 75 employees, the 300-seat restaurant is open every day
Fifty TVs make the 2nd Street Bistro the ultimate sports bar
destination, airing sports from every major package available.
Saturdays and Sundays during football season are very busy
with different fan clubs watching games together.
Eighteen sound boxes can be used at tables to play the
sound from any TV in the house. The size of a milk carton,
the device clearly gives you play-by-play sound that would
be inaudible from TVs in a crowded sports bar. A NASCAR
fan can watch and listen to a race while everyone else is
watching different football games.
The Hideaway Room is actually two rooms that can be
combined into one for seminars, parties and receptions to accommodate
15 to 150 people. With full audio-visual capabilities,
the Hideaway Room is in constant use by groups such as
the Lions Club, Jeep Club and a local bar association.
The restaurant had several incarnations before owners
Gary Sofen and Jeff Groth bought the building seven years
ago, putting $1 million into remodeling to add a pet-friendly
deck and set up the three kitchens.
Each kitchen has a different function. The majority of
the food on the 100-item menu is produced in one kitchen. >>