St. Augustine Seafood Company is helping save St. Augustine’s maritime heritage with a boost to collections and artifact care at the nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.
The restaurant team presented a check for $2,820 to the Museum during the annual Luminary Night on Dec. 4. The donation was made possible through the sale of Lighthouse Lemonade at the restaurant, located on St. George Street. For each lemonade sold, $1 goes to the museum to help preserve its collection of 19,000 maritime artifacts, archaeological specimens and archival documents.
“Some of these artifacts are from under the sea, and many represent the family history of St. Augustine residents,” said Capt. Bob Buehn, chairman for the Lighthouse Board of Trustees and a U.S. Navy retiree. “We thank St. Augustine Seafood Company for their support.”
St. Augustine Seafood Company collaborates with local and regional fisheries to source sustainable seafood. The lemonade, also made with peaches, is specially prepared and was created by Executive Chef John Whitworth and his staff at the restaurant.
“Through St. Augustine Seafood Company, we set out to honor the rich fishing and maritime history of St. Augustine both through serving the freshest American seafood, direct from local waters whenever available, and also by sharing the story of St. Augustine’s proud fishing legacy,” said Jeffrey Sorg, the CEO of Pat Croce & Company, the group that owns the restaurant. “As part of the menu development effort, we felt we needed a specialty drink that tasted great with the menu and reflected the SASco brand values and honestly, lemonade, was really the unanimous choice, given its history as perhaps the most iconic American beverage.”
Photo provided by St. Augustine Seafood Company