JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — The Bearded Pig is expanding again and this time it's headed to Jacksonville Beach. They are taking over the former Atlantic Coast Bank on South 3rd Street.
It is set to open during the middle of summer. There will be indoor and outdoor seating as well as a bar. Pictures posted on Facebook show a white facade and an interior picture showing construction.
We were able to take a look inside. The space is a blank canvas and is stripped down to the studs. The only things that remain are the bank vault (that will eventually be the walk-in cooler) and the tubes that tellers used to exchange money with bank patrons at the drive-thru window.
"It's (Atlantic Coast Bank) been here a long time," says owner Mike Schmidt. "I grew up here. I've always passed this bank. Don't do a lot of banking when you're younger but I always remember it. It's a neat spot and also having 80 some odd parking spaces is huge at the beach."
Other owner Chad Muncy describes the vibe as all the good things about their San Marco location. "We'll have our kind of classic signature indoor/outdoor bar area," describes Muncy. "We'll have a nice outdoor patio. We'll have a grass area for the kids, the chalk fence, all the things that people have come to know about our San Marco location."
The Bearded Pig is also moving locations in San Marco. Right now they are at 1224 Kings Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207. In August or September, they plan to move to a new 2-story building.
That new building is just blocks away from its original location. Right now there's a huge dirt lot where a dump truck and excavator can be seen.
The restaurant announced in November of 2019 that they had outgrown the original space. The building was designed by Doherty Sommers A+E. The new location will be located at 1808 Kings Ave. The Bearded Pig will retain the original space at 1224 Kings Ave..
The plan is to turn that into an event space called Urban Outpost. There will be space for corporate events or weddings. And the kitchen will stay in tact for catering. That is set to open in The fall after they close and move to the new expanded Kings Ave. location down the street.