RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (July 18, 2016) – The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agenda (CRA) announces the signing of its first tenant for the Marina Event Center at Riviera Beach Marina Village. Last Wednesday night, the CRA Board of Commissioners approved a lease for the Rafiki Tiki, to be owned and operated by longtime Riviera Beach business owner, Demetri Solloum.
“It has been our goal from the beginning of this project to provide opportunities for Riviera Beach residents and business owners, and we welcome Mr. Solloum to Marina Village with great enthusiasm,” said Tony Brown, Executive Director of the Riviera Beach CRA. “We have created a spectacular waterfront destination, and this new establishment will give visitors one more reason to come by and see what we’ve accomplished.”
Buildout of Rafiki Tiki will begin promptly with opening expected in fall 2016. The operation includes 1,047 sq. ft. of interior space and 1,591 sq. ft. of patio space, allowing outdoor dining near the Intracoastal Waterway. The café will be open morning through evening seven days a week, and will provide a relaxed vacation-like atmosphere with cool colors, fresh flowers, live music and tropical drinks. The menu will be inspired by Mediterranean and South Florida influences with a wide variety of international and vegetarian options.
“I’ve been in business in Riviera Beach for more than 25 years, and I can clearly see what this new vision for the Riviera Beach Marina Village will do for this city,” said Solloum.
The first phase of Riviera Beach Marina Village was recently completed with a public investment of $35 million. Highlights include the two-story Marina Event Center and a re-imagined Bicentennial Park. Future plans include a waterfront restaurant row, shops and a permanent year-round Public Market. Riviera Beach Marina Village is located at 190 E. 13th St. You can find out more by visiting www.rbcra.com or by calling 561-844-3408.