Today we’d like to introduce you to Wayne Eldred.
Born the son of an engineer working on foreign projects, Wayne Cameron Eldred grew up in many different countries. The list of countries includes: Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Jamaica and England. It was in Surrey, England where Wayne attended the prestigious boarding school Barrow Hills, a Franciscan Friar Order. While attending Barrow Hills, Wayne had the opportunity to travel all over the world as a young man. Through all of his travels and time abroad, Wayne learned a great deal of different cultures and cuisines. He developed a palate for unique recipes and interesting ingredients that he brought with him to the United States of America, when his family moved to Florida in 1992.
Wayne graduated from Florida International University with his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and decided to make Miami, Florida, his permanent home. Wayne has dedicated more than 23 years mastering restaurant operations. He spent over 13 of those years at the helm of Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill. As of April 5th, 2013, Wayne achieved one of many longtime goals and became the majority owner of Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, right here in Coral Gables. Wayne virtually built Tarpon Bend from the ground up by putting in endless hours every week making sure to provide phenomenal customer service, properly trained staff members and in knowing his patrons by name.
Wayne has not only served Coral Gables by providing delicious brunch, lunch, dinner and its legendary happy hour options at his restaurant but he has also been very active in the Coral Gables community. He has served the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce as a board member for over 7 years. On several of those years, he has served on the executive board, as the treasurer, and in 2015 took the helm as Chairman for the 2015-2016 term. Wayne will be the first Chairman since the Chambers inception to be the first restaurateur and second youngest in 93 years. Wayne, in 2016 was appointed to the Chairmanship Position of Doctors Hospital Foundation Council, a Baptist Health South Florida Hospital Affiliate, where he will also serve on the Executive board of directors for the overarching Baptist Health South Florida Foundation, as well as holds a seat on operational board of the Doctors Hospital. Wayne currently also serves on the board of directors for the Camillus House, and the Coral Gables Community Foundation, and a past executive board member of the Business Improvement District for downtown Gables. He has spent many years supporting the City of Coral Gables by consulting on hospitality issues as well as through partnerships and co-founding events like the annual Burgerlicious event and Coral Gables Restaurant Week. In 2013, Wayne was honored as the winner of the Diamond Awards for outstanding restaurant. In February of 2016 The Miami Herald selected Wayne to be one of South Florida’s Food 50, being only one of three 3 in the Hospitality Expert Section, and on March 15, 2016 Wayne and Tarpon Bend was honored for their culinary contributions to the City of Coral Gables. On November 2016 Wayne was also honored by Miami Today in their annual Book of Leaders. In 2015 Wayne also launched his latest company Brown Label an Events Production and Entertainment Company. Wayne cannot be prouder to be part of the Coral Gables Community. Wayne continues to look ahead with gratitude and humility as he continues to serve and support the City Beautiful and its guests for many more years to come.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Far from a smooth road. Almost had to close my restaurant twice. Somehow where there is a will there is a way. Let’s not forget how blessed we are.
Please tell us about Tarpon Bend & Brown Label.
Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill is mainly a seafood restaurant with the longest running legendary happy hour in Miami Dade County. I am the President& CEO and Senior Executive Chef. Proud to own one of the oldest most successful restaurants on Miracle Mile in the heart of Coral Gables. We are big in giving back to the community.
Wayne Serves on Multiple Boards. Chairman of Doctors Hospital Foundation and Board member of Doctors operational board, as well as on the Executive board for Baptist Foundation. Wayne also sits on the Executive Board of Camillus House, the Coral Gables Community Foundation, and was the Chairman of Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce from 2015-2016. He also had the privilege to serve on the executive board for the Coral Gables Business Improvement District.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Nothing. All the ups and downs was all worth the life lessons.
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