Tim and Melissa met while they were working at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead, in the summer of 1985 in Atlanta, Georgia. They returned to Saint Simons Island one summer before moving to Maryland and ate lunch at Patti’s Pier Café. They joked about how amazing it would be to own a restaurant on the island, like Patti’s. Shortly after, they moved to Annapolis, Maryland where Tim would work as a Sous Chef, at the Maryland Inn. After living in Annapolis for a few years, Tim and Melissa decided they were tired of the snow and wanted to trade their winter coats and ice scrapers for flip flops and sandy toes! So, they packed up and headed south.
They were headed to Orlando, where Tim aspired to work for the Culinary team at the Walt Disney World Resorts, when they stopped on the island to visit Melissa’s family. Like most visitors, it was hard for them to leave. One thing led to another, and they decided they would like to call the island home. Tim accepted a job at Sea Palms, as Sous Chef, and Melissa began working in reception at Sea Island. Then everything changed with one afternoon drive.
Sandcastle Café, 117 Mallery Street, St. Simons, GA, USA