Opening of a seafood restaurant with a waterfront terrace at the Grand Prairie Marina
A location with one of the best patios in Dallas-Fort Worth is now home to a new restaurant: Called Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill, a seafood restaurant opening in Grand Prairie at 5700 Lake Ridge Pkwy. off Texas 360, in the space that used to be The Oasis at Joe Pool Lake.
The restaurant was acquired as part of the purchase of Lynn Creek Marina by Dallas-based Suntex, which owns and operates marina properties in California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia.
Blue Sunshine is the name of a marina restaurant in Sarasota, Florida, also owned by Suntex.
Joe Pool Lake is a 7,500 acre flood control lake built and operated by the Army Corp of Engineers. The lake was filled in 1989 and is still 100% full. Lynn Creek Marina was built and began operations on July 13, 1990. It has been expanded twice, with 528 wet slips capable of accommodating vessels up to 50 feet and 116 dry storage piles for boats up to 28 feet.
The marina also has a fleet of rental boats, a fishing pier, a gas dock, a boat launch and a boat service center.
The property was previously owned by Don Walker, who told the Fort Worth Star Telegram that “the Walkers are hanging up. We’re retiring. After 75 years doing business in Grand Prairie and 31 at Lynn Creek Marina, it’s been a great ride.”
The restaurant, which can accommodate 450 people, was added in 1992. It is a floating restaurant and bar with one of the best views of the lake and surrounding area.
The new menu leans heavily on seafood with debuts that include oysters, fried alligators, seafood stuffed alligators, nachos, mahi tacos, shrimp cocktail, wings and fried pickles . It’s not exactly cheap – fried pickles are $8 and nachos are $14.
There are salads, including a Caesar, wedge, and Cobb; and sandwiches and burgers, including a “work” burger with bacon, American cheese and mushrooms, a fish sandwich, Reuben, Louisiana po’boy.
Entrees include catfish, fried shrimp, potato crusted mahi-mahi, fish and chips with puppies and coleslaw, Black Angus rib eye, chicken fried steak and fried chicken with mashed potatoes, green beans and Texas toast
Other changes to the facility include renaming the Big Kahuna tour boat, now called The Wave. It can accommodate 97 passengers and is equipped with slides, coolers, deck chairs, a Bluetooth stereo system and a barbecue that the captain and deckhands use. A golf driving range located adjacent to the marina will be renamed Lynn Creek Driving Range.
Fun fact: Suntex is owned by Bryan Redmond, husband of Brandi Redmond of The Real Housewives of Dallas Fame.
“We are thrilled to reclaim a staple on Joe Pool Lake in the heart of Dallas’ southern suburbs,” says Michael Warntjes, Vice President of Suntex Marinas. -term development of the entire property. We are confident that Lynn Creek will be a great reflection of the Suntex experience when complete.”