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With a long history, Hooks Bar and Grill celebrates four years of local ownership

Published on: June 21, 2017

Hooks Bar and Grill at Little Harbor Resort in Ruskin is a locally-owned establishment. Mitch Traphagen Photos

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN

Hooks Bar and Grill at Little Harbor has a very long history among area boaters and those who love the water. Years ago, it was known as “The Captain’s Quarters” but times have changed — and the times have been very good for what is now Hooks. Last year, Sandra and Gordon Moodie celebrated their fourth year of ownership of the popular establishment. Yes, that is correct: despite having a choice location on the water at Little Harbor Resort, Hooks Bar and Grill is a locally-owned business.

“We’re just a little mom and pop place,” Sandra said. “We hope that people will come out to support a local business and hope that people come out to enjoy the atmosphere here. Although not a part of the resort, our customers can use the resort’s [adjacent] pool and hot tub.”

According to Sandra, during the summer months, Hooks will be offering specials in appreciation of their local clientele.

The passage of time has dramatically improved what was once The Captain’s Quarters. The Moodies have poured their hearts into the place and have more plans to enhance the experience for their customers and to maximize the quintessential “Florida-style” view and ambience of the establishment, which sports both indoor and outdoor bars offering beer, wine, a full liquor selection along with a full menu of dining options.

Hooks manager Ana Brandenburg with owners Gordon and Sandra Moodie on their fourth anniversary of ownership. Hooks, located within the Little Harbor Resort, is a locally-owned business.

The couple also supports numerous charitable events, for everything from children’s causes to the Mary & Martha House. Ana Banana Fishing Company, often also involved in the charitable events, has boats located at their dock.

The locally owned business is the very picture of what many around the world would see as an idyllic Florida paradise. For permanent residents, it’s just down the road, the view and vibe made complete with hors d’oeuvres or full meals prepared right on-site. According to Sandra, happy hour runs Mondays through Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m.

“We are happy to have the chance to serve our customers for the past four years,” Gordon said. “And we work hard to always improve,” Sandra added.

For information, call 813-938-1152 or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/hooksrestaurant

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