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Good Taste

With a pinch of Manhattan and a dash of vision, the McLaughlins have found a recipe for success in Citron Bistro.

Blackened Mahi with Pineapple Salsa - Purchase the February 2015 issue for the full recipe!

Blackened Mahi with Pineapple Salsa - Purchase the February 2015 issue for the full recipe!

A recent study conducted by Sasaki Associates, a Massachusetts design and planning firm, found that Americans rank a city’s culinary offerings high on a list of priorities when choosing a place to live. According to the study, restaurants were voted the number one reason to visit another part of the city with traffic being the least desirable component. 

That’s good news for Jay and Joan McLaughlin, owners of The Village Shops on North Highway A1A, who are giving the pedestrian plaza an upscale face-lift designed to appeal to barrier island residents and mainland dwellers alike. The cluster of high-end shops and boutiques is anchored by the namesake J.McLaughlin’s men’s clothing store and the Citron Bistro which opened last February to attract hungry shoppers for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Restaurants have come and gone in the same location over the years, but the McLaughlins are relying on their years of experience owning Island, a successful Manhattan restaurant, as well as their entrepreneurial vision for a destination with unique shopping and good food.