December 4, 2018 – The fine dining Aquarius restaurant at the oceanfront Dream Inn in Santa Cruz is set to serve its last meal on New Years Eve and will close for a complete makeover, reemerging at the end of February as the Jack O’Neill Restaurant.
“The age of Aquarius is over,” says sales and marketing director Dan Smart. “It’s going to be a family restaurant with an approachable concept. We want to attract locals as well as visitors.”
Dream Inn already operates the Jack O’Neill Lounge under an agreement with the family of the late surf icon, inventor of the wetsuit, who passed away in 2017. It is a bright space with spectacular views over Cowell Beach and is filled with photos and memorabilia from the life the legendary surfer.
Some of that memorabilia will be moved into the new restaurant, which will also be outfitted with new tables, chairs and place settings. The current lounge will be expanded to allow better access to outdoor seating on the balcony overlooking the coast.
Smart says the lounge will increase its live music and entertainment program, but cuisine and menus planned for the new family-friendly Jack O’Neill Restaurant are still being worked out.