Demolition begins on iconic Jacksonville restaurant on Atlantic Boulevard

Crews plan to begin demolition Wednesday on an iconic Jacksonville restaurant.

Beach Road Fish House and Chicken Dinners, which had been a fixture on Atlantic Boulevard for more than 80 years, closed in February.

An apartment complex is set to take its place.

Crews are supposed to start tearing down the building in the St. Nicholas area at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Beach Road Chicken Dinners owners Kenneth and Tena Ferger announced in 2019 that they were ready to retire and opted to sell the business — including the original recipes that made the restaurant a staple of the Jacksonville food landscape.

The restaurant had been a favorite for many in Jacksonville since Atlantic Boulevard was the only accessible road to the beach — hence the name, “Beach Road” Chicken Dinners.

Nathan Stuart and Margo Klar bought the location, and added a spin on it: Beach Road Fish House and Chicken Dinners.

But earlier this year they told News4JAX news partner the Jacksonville Daily Record that it had been difficult to navigate the pandemic, and the restaurant’s utility bills also posed a financial challenge.

The city issued the demolition permit for the property earlier this month.

Now, the building will be razed to allow for a five-story apartment complex with more than 250 units, according to the Daily Record.

Jacksonville-based developer “Corner Lot” is the company bringing the apartment complex to the property.

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