The Living Room on Main will be providing the food for guests of the Salute to the Arts event on February 7, an opportunity that the owner, Phil Renaud, was more than happy to take part in. The Living Room is located in the heart of Dunedin’s downtown area, at 487 Main Street, which Renaud labels as a “good spot” to watch some local entertainment and get a bite to eat.
Renaud has owned The Living Room with his wife, Tammy, for just four months. He always wanted to own a waterfront restaurant since he developed a passion for food through his passion for wine.
“The passion of wine and food led me to the restaurant world,” Renaud said. “Learning how to cook recipes and different types of cooking led me. The biggest [reason] is to share the whole event of food and wine pairing.”
An opportunity to own a restaurant less than a mile from the water fell into his lap when The Living Room became available, so he took advantage of it. Renaud said that things just worked out.
The 100 percent French owner appreciates all types of cooking styles and wines. This appreciation can be translated over to the eclectic menu of The Living Room, which features an American cuisine with Italian, French and Spanish flair. The décor and architecture of The Living Room is just as eclectic as its menu. A cozy ambiance is translated through the cozy couches and low lighting. The extensive bar is intimate and well stocked so it’s sure to wet every whistle that walks in the door. The unique set up is unparalleled and is sure to leave a lasting impression in all patrons. Visit the Bon Appetit section on page 32 in our Winter issue to read more about The Living Room’s drink and food specials.
For the event, The Living Room will be wowing guests with three unique appetizers from its
menu. Renaud decided to help out with the Salute to the Arts event because he wants to get more involved with the community.
“My intentions with both restaurants here [The Living Room and Dunedin Smokehouse] are to get more involved with local charities and fundraising events,” Renaud said. “This has been one of the first events since I’ve been here.”
When the restaurant owner isn’t participating in community events or taking care of everyday restaurant business, Renaud talks about his “sort-of” dream in life.
“To travel, explore and experience different cultures,” Renaud said. “And to have the luxury to travel.”
And his biggest chef inspirations.
“First on the list would have to be Wolfgang Puck,” Renaud said. “Bobby Flay is pretty cool. Chuck Hughes in Montreal is very passionate.”
The Living Room on Main’s phone number is 727-736-5202 and its website is www.thelivingroomonmain.com.