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Low Key Tiki celebrates first anniversary since reopening

April 4, 2012
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

On March 24, Low Key Tiki celebrated a year of reopening the waterfront tiki hut after a fire destroyed the building in 2010.

Scott and Barb Adams initially opened Low Key Tiki on Nov. 11, 2009, because they felt St. James City needed an outside tiki bar in the community.

"We are the original tiki bar in St. James City," Scott said. "It is a good location for this type of environment."

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Scott and Barb Adams, owners of Low Key Tiki, recently celebrated their one-year anniversary of reopening the St. James City waterfront tiki hut after it was destroyed by fire in 2010.

Unfortunately they were only open for 11 months before a fire occurred on Oct. 14, 2010, which was determined to be arson. The fire began in the northeast corner of the tiki hut, which closed them down for 5 1/2 months.

"We had to redo the whole inside of the building, there was a lot of smoke damage," Scott said.

Although the building was lost, the Adams experienced a tremendous amount of support from their staff, customers and the business community. They both agreed that they could not say enough about the community support they received after the fire took place.

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If You Go:

What: Low Key Tiki

Owners: Scott and Barb Adams

Where: 3135 Stringfellow Road in St. James City

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Information: 239-282-8484

"We are blessed with great customers and staff," Barb said. "It is a nice community, everybody supports each other. The community support has been huge," Scott said.

While rebuilding Low Key Tiki, a group of individuals would stop by the place during happy hour every Thursday to check out the progress and show their moral support. The Adams said to show their appreciation they have live music every Thursday during a sunset celebration.

Since reopening a year ago, business has been really good, which included a really good summer last year.

The motto of Low Key Tiki, Scott said is "clean, cold and cheap." He said they always have cold beer and the most expensive thing on the menu is $10.95.

Scott said they try to maintain a low-key atmosphere, menu and prices.

Some of the favorite dishes served at Low Key Tiki are fish tacos and stuff on the stick. Hamburgers, appetizers, BBQ ribs and baby back ribs are other items that grace the menu.

Food is served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Beer and wine are also available.

The nice outside setting, which the Adams said always has a cool breeze due to its location on the Monroe Canal, is a great venue to come by boat, bike, golf cart or by foot.

"It stays real comfortable all year round," Barb said.

Low Key Tiki also provides the opportunity for individuals to have private parties and meetings due to room available at the front of the building. Scott said they have had baby showers, birthday parties, a wake and meetings for various groups and organizations.

Scott encourages everyone to come check Low Key Tiki out and enjoy the friendly service and good food.



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