Nick Sarra is Chief Operating Officer for Saltwater Restaurants Inc. which includes nine iconic high-volume restaurants with over 1,000 employees across the Florida panhandle, a sizable beachfront shopping & dining venue, and an award-winning golf course. Sarra’s 40-year career began as a busser at the Sonesta Hotel in Connecticut and followed with an associate degree in Culinary Arts and bachelor’s in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Johnson & Wales University. His management career started at our nation’s capital in Washington D.C. as part of the Specialty Restaurant Division of Gilbert Robinson, including Charlie’s Place Bar & Grill, H.I. Ribsters, and Hogate’s Seafood. After moving to the Gulf coast, Sarra operated many well-known establishments before opening his first restaurant nearly 20 years ago.
Sarra dedicates his time to the FRLA Minimum Wage Working Group, is an active member and past-president of the FRLA Board of Directors Northwest Florida Chapter, and serves on the Okaloosa County Tourism Development Council.