Owned & operated by the Standing Family, Waterman’s has a long history that dates back to the 1960’s. The building was first called the “Shake n’ Burger & Beach Nut Gift Shop,” a walk-up burger joint & souvenir shop. In 1981, Mike Sr. & Helen Standing rebuilt the restaurant as “Fogg’s Seafood Company” & gave it it’s start as an Oceanfront staple. In 1996 when their son, Mike Jr., graduated from college, he entered the picture – creating the addition of “the Attic” nightclub & converting the restaurant to “Waterman’s Beachwood Grill.”
Then in early 2007, the building was expanded & a new concept emerged – “Waterman’s Surfside Grille” – an upscale yet casual Oceanfront restaurant, with the Attic transformed into a special events venue, and the Beach Nut Gift Shop re-created…now a spot to find unique gifts & jewelry, located right inside the doors of Waterman’s restaurant.
In 2015, it was time for another expansion, but this time, just down the block: Mike Jr. & his wife, Mariah, purchased Chix Sea Grill & Bar, as well as the neighboring property across the street, on which they would build an outdoor bar & oasis called “The Shack.” The ‘South End Trifecta,’ as we now like to call it, provides three different atmospheres in a three block radius, to satisfy locals & tourists alike searching for fresh, delicious fare at a great price with an even better view.
Best Overall Restaurant-Southside Silver
Best Lunch-Southside Bronze