Jupiter reels in a successful new multiconcept dining destination with Charlie & Joe’s at Love Street.
Lucky Shuck Oyster Bar & Taphouse’s lobster and shrimp Dy-No-Mite with crispy grits
A fishing pier in Jupiter has been given new life with the recent opening of Charlie & Joe’s at Love Street. Football legend Joe Namath and his friend Charlie Modica, both longtime area residents, are the brains behind the nautical-inspired four-in-one dining concept, home to an oyster bar, an upscale grill, a rooftop bar and a seafood market. “I love to fish, and Charlie is the expert sailor,” Namath says. “We talked about this for years when it was just an old fishing pier. It’s a wonderful location, and I never get tired of looking at that lighthouse.”
Scallion and red quinoa; grab-and-go spot and seafood market The Tacklebox
The project began a decade ago, when Modica purchased the Jupiter Inlet Village property, and was brought to life in 2019 with help from Jeff Collins of Collins Development, Stephen Asprinio of SA Hospitality Ventures and interior designer Callin Fortis of Bigtime Design Studios. In a hyperlocal nod honoring the area’s long-standing passion for fishing, Charlie & Joe’s also houses boat slips for local commercial fishermen whose daily catch can be found in its restaurants. “It’s a win-win for the fishermen to be able to unload their catch, do some business and grab a beer,” Modica says.
Sweet pea agnolotti from Beacon’s contemporary menu
Managed by family-owned Lessing’s Hospitality Group, Charlie & Joe’s has mastered operating four dining spots within a single property. “I enjoy the heck out of all the places!” Namath says when asked to name his favorite concept. “We have a terrific team, so all the places are winners.”
Lucky Shuck Oyster Bar & Taphouse’s patio overlooks Jupiter Inlet
At Lucky Shuck Oyster Bar & Taphouse, find an impressive raw bar with unique accompaniments like passion fruit-cucumber mignonette and yuzu kosho tartar sauce, as well as 20 beers on tap, wine and a cocktail menu inspired by New Orleans flavors. After dining on fresh East Coast oysters, smoked local fish dip and Cajun charred skirt steak, head to boutique seafood market The Tacklebox, where local fishermen bring in their freshly caught fish each morning. In addition to selling catches of the day and complementary sides, the grab-and-go spot serves chef-inspired sandwiches, salads and poke bowls to go, for curbside pickup or, for those visiting by boat, dockside delivery.
The Portside cocktail at Beacon is a sophisticated blend of gin, cucumber, elder flower, lime and nitro mint
Across the courtyard from Lucky Shuck and The Tacklebox sits Beacon, a contemporary, upscale, Mediterranean-inspired American grill with a lively exhibition kitchen and craft bar. Belly up to the chef’s counter for a front-row view of the action as skilled hands prepare local seafood, steaks and chops over a live wood fire. Menu highlights include wood-grilled oysters, lobster bucatini cacio e pepe and a 32-ounce prime ribeye for two. Upstairs, Topside celebrates old-school tiki culture with a full-on Polynesian-style vibe and playful tropical decor. The 21-and-up rooftop keeps things lively with a resident DJ—not to mention the menu of tiki classics, frozen cocktails and newschool craft libations. Balance the rum with a selection of tapas, charcuterie and wood-fired skewers before ending on a sweet note with an order of churros.
Founders Charlie Modica and Joe Namath.
All four concepts work together toward Namath and Modica’s main goal of creating a destination that’s seen as the heart of Jupiter. “We worked hard to make a geographically special place for people to have lunch and dinner, and it definitely turned out special,” says Modica. “The staff, the chefs, the food—it’s all over the top. It’s so good that even if this were in a strip mall, people would want to come here.” 1116 Love St., Jupiter
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