NAPLES, FL (September 2012) – In honor of the original “Big Kahuna” Terry Tracy, who was a fun-loving surfer who inspired the “Gidget” movies and who recently passed away at the age of 77, The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is offering a “Big Kahuna Special” through November 20, 2012. The special consists of one 20-ounce draft beer for 77 cents with the purchase of a Big Kahuna Burger at the recently renovated and expanded Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, which now features an open-air grill (with an expanded menu), a larger bar area, new décor with comfortable new furniture, and an expanded patio area.
The restaurant’s impressive 20.5-ounce The Big Kahuna Burger features two grilled seasoned half-pound Angus patties slathered in smoky barbecue sauce, topped with sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions, served on a roll with lettuce, tomato and fries. Draft beer options include Bud Light, Blue Moon, Landshark, Sam Adams, Stella Artois, and Yuengling. You must be 21 years of age or older to qualify. The offer is not valid with any other discounts or offers.
Credited with helping to make surfing an international sport, Tracy personified the alternative lifestyle of the cool sunglass-wearing surfer. His “beach bum” lifestyle led to a book, Gidget: The Little Girl With Big Ideas, by screenwriter Frederick Kohner, whose daughter met Tracy on the beach and was nicknamed “Gidget” by him. That book led to other books, and to the 1959 movie “Gidget” (where Tracy was portrayed by actor Cliff Robertson), and then to the mid-1960s television series.
The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill is consistently recognized as one of the “Best Places to Catch a Sunset in Southwest Florida,” and was named “Naples’ Best Beach Bar” by the Travel Channel. In addition to offering a large drink menu (including many delicious specialty drinks) and The Big Kahuna Burger, The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill offers such menu items as Classic Maine Lobster Roll, Chicken Margherita Sandwich, Steak Sandwich, The Beach Club, Grouper Sandwich, Shrimp Tortuga, Crab Cakes, and Portobello Burger.
“We thought this was a nice way to celebrate the life of the Big Kahuna, Terry Tracy, who was known for his easy-going attitude and fun-loving personality, which ties-in well with The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill,” said Jim Anderson, Food & Beverage Director at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.
The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill is open daily, and is open to the public. Hours are 11 a.m.-11:45 p.m. on Sunday, 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, and from 11 a.m.-1 a.m. on Friday & Saturday. Food service is available from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. There is live entertainment by a solo guitarist each Wednesday-Saturday night from 6:30-9:30 p.m., and a live band at the Sunday Night Party from 6 – 9 p.m. The Sunset Beach Bar & Grill is located at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North in Naples. For information, call 239-261-2222, or visit
Rich in family hospitality and tradition, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has resided on the Southwest coast in Naples, Florida since 1946. Owned and operated by the Watkins family for three generations, this 317-room and suite resort is Naples’ only beachfront property with golf, spa, tennis and water recreation on property, and is home to Naples’ only beachfront restaurant, HB’s on the Gulf. The resort is further complemented by an array of casual dining options, retail shops, beach rentals and complimentary kids club. With over 34,000 square feet of meeting, convention, and function space it is a perfect destination for meetings, conventions, incentives, weddings and special occasions of all kinds. For additional information, call (239) 261-2222, or visit .
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