Circa69 Is a Blast from the Past

Since its opening nearly a year ago, Circa69 American Gastropub has been the life of the party in Jensen Beach

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The exterior of Circa69 in Jensen Beach. Photo by Inna Snap Photography LLC
The exterior of Circa69 in Jensen Beach. Photo by Inna Snap Photography LLC

Since its opening nearly a year ago, Circa69 American Gastropub has been the life of the party in Jensen Beach, bringing the spirit of 1969 to the area with its nostalgic interiors, open-air ambience, and overall good feels and eats. 

Owned by Sharfi Holdings and the vision of Ben Sharfi, the 7,000-square-foot restaurant is filled with nods to the ’60s. Large-scale custom murals of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the moon landing, and Woodstock grace the walls. An album cover collection is displayed behind the bar, and at press time, an outdoor walk-through of all things Route 66 was in the works. 

The menu from Chef Michael Vogler at Circa69 includes tasty scallop dishes. Photo by Inna Snap Photography LLC
The menu from Chef Michael Vogler at Circa69 includes tasty scallop dishes. Photo by Inna Snap Photography LLC

The menu is quintessential American, with a hint of Florida—think center-cut filet, grilled octopus, Treasure Coast local snapper, herb-marinated lamb chops, and flatbread pizzas. “Everything is prepared with locally grown fresh produce as well as locally sourced protein, when possible,” says Ryan Steely, executive VP and chief marketing officer of Sharfi Holdings. “Our produce is grown in Palm City at Neshafarm, another property in the Sharfi Holdings portfolio.” Michael Vogler serves as head chef. 

The craft cocktail menu includes nearly two dozen options, while a solid wine list and 30 beers on tap, including many local custom brews, are big customer draws. The company invested in a state-of-the-art tap system that features multi-temperature cooling to make
sure each beer is stored and poured at just the right temperature. 

The menu from Chef Michael Vogler at Circa69 includes herb-marinated lamb chops. Photo by Inna Snap Photography LLC
Herb-marinated lamb chops. Photo by Inna Snap Photography LLC

The indoor dining room seats approximately 80 people, with another 120 seats in the bar area. There is also an outdoor patio, which is covered by a solid lift-up glass panel. “From the dining room, the view is of the Intracoastal, and while the bar does not offer a view of the water, the overall fresh air and openness provides an outdoor feeling without being exposed to the elements,” says Steely.

Craft cocktails include refreshing mules. Photo by Inna Snap Photography LLC
Craft cocktails include refreshing mules. Photo by Inna Snap Photography LLC

Circa69 is located in Jensen Beach Tech Center, a waterfront mixed-use project in the downtown area owned by Sharfi Holdings. The tech center is the epicenter of Sharfi’s “live, work, play” vision, with 60,000 square feet of residential space and 20,000 square feet of commercial space. “Our vision of creating a full campus with accommodations for our live, work, play concept needed an anchor,” Steely says referring to Circa69, which he notes is the biggest single outlet at the property. Circa69 is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 3 to 10 p.m. 3750 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; 772.405.0069

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