Terra Fermata Tiki Bar
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On Sixth Street, just off Colorado Avenue, the outdoor bars beverage offerings and live music has since late November attracted hundreds to the spot on weekends. But its how those crowds get there that is catching the attention of city administrators.
Starting early in the evening, visitors of downtown can be seen walking through the newly renovated Colorado Avenue to get to the bar. The sight pleases the Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency, which spearheaded the $1.1-million Colorado revitalization which is in the final stages of completion to make for a more pedestrian-friendly area and encourage people to visit the extended parts of downtown where Terra Fermata now is.
I know people parking at Kiwanis in downtown, having dinner at one of the restaurants, and then walking over to Terra Fermata through Colorado. Its great, said Teresa Lamar-Sarno, administrator of the Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency.
Although Terra Fermata has plenty of street parking nearby, the bars owner, Ronald Hart, said people dont mind walking there.
Part of it is because of the new Colorado Avenue, Hart said. Until they did the project and until Terra Fermata opened, drivers were saying Lets hurry up and drive through this street. If city planners thought the renovation would slow down traffic and make this pedestrian friendly and good place for new businesses, Terra Fermata is a realization of that goal.
Most nights of the week, the lights and music of Terra Fermata can be seen and heard from Colorado.
Different bands play music from 6:30 to 10 p.m. most evenings of the week. Genres vary from reggae to rock to blues.
Its wonderful. I think this whole building enjoys the music, said 59-year-old Florine Dooley, who lives in the Delaware Commons apartment building across Terra Fermata.
Dooley and her grandchildren often put out plastic chairs outside their door to watch and listen to the Terra Fermata happenings.
In the daytime, weve seen there are older people walking through the street to get here, but by 7:30 p.m., you start seeing young crowds walking by (Colorado) to get here, Dooley added. I never saw that before.
Hart, who also owns Earthtones boutique on Osceola Street, has decorated the once vacant lot with eccentric decorations, all which are for sale. The City Commission in September granted him an exception to Stuarts ban on outdoor retail sales.
The spot also has a raised stage for music, a small historic building Hart hopes to transform into a gift shop, and a pirate ship and tiki bar where nearly 60 kinds of beers and wines are served.
Although Terra Fermata does not serve food, Hart said that is soon to change. In the meantime, visitors can order food from local restaurants, with Terra Fermata covering the delivery fee. There also occasionally is a food truck at the spot.
There are a lot of vignettes here, Hart said. You can sit at the table at the entrance and watch the band, or hang out at the hammocks. Or you can go play corn hole by the bar. Or, even if theres a lot of people, you can get away to one of the benches and be alone. Its almost like having a bunch of rooms outdoors.
The venue is attracting young adults, families and seniors.
Its encouraging to see how Stuart can continually reinvent itself, said Michael Landry, who often visits Terra Fermata with his family. A lot of the focus has always been on Osceola Street. Theres going to be so much more now.
Monday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m
Friday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
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