Taverna plans new oyster bar and seafood restaurant in Piazza San Marco | Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record

Taverna on San Marco Square plans to expand in early 2023 by opening Taverna Oceana next door at 1988 San Marco Blvd.

The space was formerly the Pure Barre studio. The tavern is located at 1986 San Marco Boulevard.

Husband and wife Sam and Kiley Efron, owners, are planning a raw seafood bar concept. Sam Efron is the chef of Taverna.

Taverna Oceana will offer fish and shellfish as well as non-seafood dishes. A press release says recipes will be influenced by Asian, Latin, American and Mediterranean cuisines.

Spouses Kiley and Sam Efron, owners of Taverna. (Photo by Jensen Hande)

“When Sam and I travel, we love exploring delicious raw bars and experimenting with beautiful new wine pairings,” Kiley Efron said in an email.

“Taverna Oceana will truly be an extension of what we offer at Taverna and will be a creative outlet for Chef Sam.”

The new restaurant will seat 78 and specialize in lunch, happy hour and dinner Tuesday through Saturday with brunch on Sunday.

It will have an oyster and champagne bar in the dining room where guests can watch their shellfish being prepared. There will also be a private dining room.

The restaurants will be connected by an open passage.

Design Cooperative is the interior designer.

Design Cooperative is the interior designer.

The design will reflect the Taverna’s current dining room. The interior will have painted oyster shells and “pearl-inspired” fixtures.

The design will also expand the kitchen to increase food preparation for restaurants and catering services.

RPC general contractors will construct the restaurant. The Efrons have not released an investment estimate.

The new restaurant will have 78 seats.

Amber Aultman of Copal Design creates the restaurant’s logo and branding.

In 2019, the couple announced plans to open an Asian concept to be called Izakaya in the same space. It was supposed to open in January 2020 but they canceled the plans with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We reflected on our expertise and what inspired us the most, we decided seafood would be a better complement to Taverna,” Kiley Eftron said.

The taverns will be connected by an open passage.

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