Owner Dennis Henderson has worked in Florida’s shrimp industry since he was a boy unloading boats for the fish houses. His father was a welder who worked on docks and boats; as he grew, he followed his father’s example and started his own boat welding and repair business.
In time he and two partners began buying their own boats. They named their enterprise TriCo and spent years going back and forth to Texas for shrimp, unloading their catch at fish houses. (In 1980 the third partner was bought out.)
When St. George Packing went up for sale, Dennis Henderson and George Gala bought everything – the building, the waterfront property and Beach Seafood & Gulf Shrimp; their trucking company ships the fleet’s catch to the big processors.
His first restaurant– Skip One on 41 – was named after a fishing boat owned by the market’s original owner back in the 60s. Today the restaurant owes its popularity to the harvest of its owner’s fleet – but it’s a quaint old place within limited seating, parking and market space. A second location seemed like a great idea.
It was time to grow.
When Henderson saw the Sandy Butler Market and its Shoals Restaurant & Wine Bar were available it was a match made in … Fort Myers Beach. The market, restaurant and bar were perfect, as is the location for residents and guests of South Fort Myers, Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach, Estero and Lover’s Key.
Today Henderson’s new Beach Seafood market adjoins his new restaurant and bar – Skip One Seafoods – in a soaring Key West-style building on San Carlos Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach.