The Front Porch Restaurant Opens in North Florida

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Development Group Engages Celebrity Chef for Unique Dining Experience.

Local real estate development, investment and management powerhouse, Hunter & Harp, proudly unveil their latest Midtown project – The Front Porch, opening today in a historic Tallahassee property. The iconic setting features nearly 300 seats among interior, porch and deck elements with a Raw Bar that provides the perfect entrée to a unique culinary experience highlighted by the freshest locally sourced seafood capped with Southern hospitality.

Swathed in neutral hues with a splash of color, the redesign brings an elevated casual look to the restaurant while maintaining the historical integrity of the building. Local artist Fred Fisher lends original Gyotaku fish prints adding to the collection of nature-inspired photography by Blair Oglesby, enhancing the visual experience at The Front Porch.

Leading the vision of The Front Porch is Executive Chef Joe Rego, bringing a Southern flair with Portuguese passion to the highly anticipated seafood restaurant. In July 2012, Executive Chef Joe Rego gained national recognition when he was named “Chopped Champion” on the popular Food Network television show, Chopped. Chosen from a group of over 150 candidates, Rego competed against two top Atlanta chefs and one based in Las Vegas. The cooking competition challenges the skill, speed and ingenuity of four talented chefs to create extraordinary three-course meals from a menu of common and obscure ingredients. After clinching the win with his Portuguese heritage inspired Torta dessert dish, Rego vowed to use his prize money to take his daughter to Portugal for the first time to meet her grandparents.

“Competing on Chopped was one of the most intense experiences of my life, but it was also one of the most rewarding, “ explains Joe Rego, chef of The Front Porch. “This show opened new doors for me, including the opportunity to join the Tallahassee community. As an avid fisherman and lover of all things seafood, I’m thrilled to be able to combine all of my interests with the opening of The Front Porch.”

The Front Porch boasts a menu of delectable seafood dishes, several infused with Portuguese elements. Rego’s specialties include Lobster Cannelloni with asparagus tips, shitake mushrooms, tomato confit and lobster brodo, as well as Portuguese-style Pork and Clams with crispy potatoes, smoked paprika, garlic and cilantro. In addition to a full raw bar that includes oysters, blue crab claws and mussels, the menu also offers Make-Your-Own Ceviche with a choice of fresh snapper, tuna, scallop, shrimp or salmon.

Spearheaded by successful restaurateur Chris Clark, of Avenue Eat & Drink and Marc Bauer, of Hunter & Harp Hospitality and Hotel Duval, The Front Porch promises to deliver exceptional cuisine in addition to gracious service and contemporary comfort.

For more information and to inquire about reservations at The Front Porch, visit or call (850) 521-5821. Follow or for special events and offers.

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