CJ’s on the Bay is turning ten, and with it comes an invitation to a birthday celebration for the entire community.
Mark your calendars for CJ’s Libation Celebration on Saturday, September 22 from 12-6 PM. The birthday party includes an all-day happy hour with birthday bash drink specials, a complimentary picnic buffet and outdoor music. There will also be fun games such as bingo using “CJ’s Fun Facts.”
The restaurant, with its spectacular water views, was originally named the Bayview Restaurant. When Curt and Jacquie Koon purchased it in 2018, the couple renamed it using their initials, and CJ’s on the Bay was born.
CJ’s quickly became a favorite with locals and tourists for their delicious food, great atmosphere, and live music.
Curt and Jacquie Koon are extremely involved in the Marco Island community, and give their support to a variety of local organizations, such as the Rotary Club, Christmas Island Style, the Marco Island Police Foundation, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, and many more. A key success factor, according to Jacquie Koon, is “the wonderful Marco community.” She adds, “We were welcomed to the island immediately and invited to participate in key groups such as the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and the Police Foundation. These groups enabled us to meet and network with wonderful contributors to the island – many of which we can now call friends.
Jacquie Koon recognizes and appreciates the importance of CJ’s loyal employees. Out of the approximately 90 employees, half have been with them more than three years, and twenty-five percent more than seven years. Four have been with them since the beginning. Jacquie says, “The success of CJ’s is directly related to each of our employees. From our dishwashers to line cooks to the servers and bartenders, they are all family to Curt and I. Since we had limited experience in the restaurant industry when we first started, it was really our staff that enabled us to prosper.”
Anyone who has been to CJ’s on the Bay has met the talented and personable “Chef Laura.” Says Jacquie, “Laura Owen has been with us from the very beginning first as Executive Chef and now as General Manager. She has been instrumental in the growth of CJ’s and has become a personal friend as well as business partner. Our other managers and leaders continue to grow in their hospitality careers and we love them be able to succeed for their personal goals of buying homes and starting their families.”
What should islanders expect from CJ’s in the future? Jacquie Koon tells us: “We are looking to enjoy the next 10 years at CJ’s on the Bay and continue to call Marco Island our home!”
CJs on the Bay is located in the Esplanade Shoppes at 740 N. Collier Boulevard #105, Marco Island. For more information call 239-389-4511 or visit cjsonthebay.com.