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It was legendary flats guide Bonefish Willie on the island of Bimini in the Bahamas who first triggered Johnny Morris’ admiration of Ernest Hemingway and his great literary works. As a youngster, Johnny fished the Bimini flats with Bonefish, who had also been a long-time fishing companion of Hemingway’s. Johnny was enthralled as Bonefish recounted his adventures with Hemingway as they had pursued the “gray ghosts of the flats.”

Just as good fishing buddies will swap their favorite lures, Willie traded his old wooden fishing skiff for a newer fiberglass skiff Johnny had especially built for his Bimini fishing partner. This notable artifact of fishing history is now displayed in Hemingway’s Blue Water Café as a tribute to Hemingway, Bonefish Willie, and the sport of saltwater fishing.

We hope you enjoy our good food and unique atmosphere inspired by an American saltwater fishing legend – Ernest Hemingway, an avid international sportsman and one of the pioneers of big game fishing. We’re proud that the Hemingway family gave us permission to dedicate our restaurant to this Nobel Prize winning author who created such works as The Old Man and the Sea.

A great adventure in dining awaits you...enjoy!