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Locally owned and operated, Sharky’s Tavern will open this
month with Holly and David Robertson at the helm of what will
fast become a local favorite. “We want people to have a place
where they feel like part of the family,” says David. Sharky’s is
slated to be a sports bar with live music on the weekends, open
mic on Tuesdays, and many other unique events in the works.
“We will even bring comedy to the island,” says Holly.
A long awaited dream for both Holly and David, Sharky’s
evolved from many conversations over their ideas of what
a successful tavern could offer and what to call it. “A House
Divided,” based on their sports teams’ rivalry, to a possible name
of Spider Monkeys, were
all options at first, but then
it came to Holly when she
saw a mosaic of a shark
she wanted to place on
the wood-fired oven. The
idea of a shark mosaic on
the oven was not enough,
however, and it soon
became a central theme.
The couple contracted
Fornobravo, a custom pizza
oven company based out
of Italy, and the shark mosaic came to life and is now the focal
point of the tavern. The shark with a wide, sharp-toothed mouth
is actually ready to cook the perfect 9” Napoli style pizzas at 900
degrees in about 90 seconds.
Napoli pizza is unlike anything at an American style pizza chain
restaurant. The basic principle to design and cook a Napoli style
pizza includes a “less is more” approach with the emphasis being
on the taste of each, individual ingredient, on a thin crust.
Holly is ready to share her culinary expertise with her guests,
as she has for many years in her family. She grew up preparing
most of the menus and cooking for family events, with family
recipes that include house made doughs, sauces, and even
mozzarella. She will include imported Mozzarella di Bufala,
which is from free range, grass fed buffalo, pulled pork, and
stuffed mushrooms, as well as dessert pizzas such as S’mores.
The gourmet ingredients will make for exclusives that can
only be found at Sharky’s. Holly and David also look forward to
customer inspired creations once their patrons can share their
cravings and suggestions.
“Our main goal is to support local businesses, residents, and
charities,” the two explain. Local ingredients and vendors will be
highlighted at the tavern, along with sixteen beers on tap that
include Galveston Island Brewery and Devil and the Deep Beers.
Even the security and juke box were locally sourced. Artwork is
on display from artists such as HP Dodge and Gabriel Prusmack,
who also produced the brilliant outdoor logo (HP) and a surfing
shark inspired mural inside (Gabriel).
Looking into the coming months, Sharky’s will feature the
bands American Gypsy from Austin and locals Rock Republic
and Victim, during the Lone Star Rally which will cater to a 21
and over crowd. Holly and David are also brainstorming many
more ideas that involve the community, such as hosting poker
runs, pub crawls, and charity events.
The Robertsons have already assisted with the Community
Strong event for Harvey Relief, where they helped to raise over
$4,700 in just two hours, by opening up their outdoor seating
areas for the event. The couple has a passion for helping others
and the island they call home.
Sharky’s will be open seven days a week from 11am to
2am. Located at 504 Rosenberg, the corner of 25
Street and
Postoffice, in the Historic Downtown Strand District. On regular
business days, the tavern will feature an old country and rock
vibe with a family feel during the day; then starting at 9pm it
will be 21 and over only, both in the tavern and outside seating.
For more details visit
— Sharky’s Tavern —
Will Offer a Menu Like No Other
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