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1395 Belcher Road • Palm Harbor, FL 34683 • 727 772 7378 Frank Nabozny Owner/FL State Certified Operator Subterranean Termite Specialist Lawn & Ornamental Tent Fumigation Pre-Treats Inspections Insulation TAP Specialist (Thermal Acoustic Pest Control) Providing The Safest Green Products and Superior Service for the Tampa Bay Area since 1980 License#JB185650 Liscense|Bonded

Restaurant Profile:

Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill

When you eat at Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill, you are not

eating at just any seafood restaurant – you are partaking in

a culinary feast that goes back three decades for the Tarpon

Springs-based Russell Family.

Their family business – consisting of the restaurant, a

seafood market called Pelican Point and several fishing boats

– was initially started by the grandfather of General Manager

Jacquelyn Russell, Joe Reis, who moved his family to Florida

in the 1970s. Now, they have four boats and employ over 100

people in the market and restaurant as well as provide an

income to 50-60 fishermen.

Jacquelyn’s father, Jack Russell, is in charge of maintaining the

fishing boats and keeping track of his crew of the fishermen who

often spend as much as 30 days at a time out in the gulf catching

the fish that end up on Rusty Bellies menu. Jacquelyn’s mom,

Julie Ann, does the bookwork for the restaurant and Jacquelyn’s

husband, Keaton, manages the restaurant with her. They often

seem like two ships passing in the night with opposite work

schedules; but, it works best for their family because it allows

each parent to spend time with their two children, 8-year-old,

Coco and 5-year-old son, Major.

“It all starts with the boats and the market,” explained

Jacquelyn. “Our fishermen catch top quality fish, the market

processes their catch, and our kitchen staff prepares a wide

variety of seafood dinners, focusing on our most often-requested

dishes – wild caught grouper and rock shrimp – two increasingly

expensive items that are getting more difficult to catch.”

“I tell my children that they have plenty of other options to

consider in terms of their future careers, but for my parents, as

well as my husband and I, we just can’t imagine another way of life,”

says Jacquelyn. “We have named so many of our menu items after

our boats: our grouper boat is the Redman, the stone crab boat

is the Crabacadabra and our shrimp boat is the Julie Ann.

And, of course, the restaurant’s name, Rusty Bellies, is

the nickname given to the large male gag grouper, which

generally ranges from 20-60 pounds.”


For business travelers and vacationers several hotels located

on US Highway 19 offer convenience, comfort and affordability.

In the downtown area you can stay at a quaint inn, a cottage or

a bed and breakfast. A short drive will find you at the beach to

watch the sunset. Relaxation is the main ingredient when you

stay in Tarpon Springs.