Medical sales and the seafood business are wildly different worlds, as the new owner of the Brutus Seafood Market and Eatery in Marathon has come to find since taking over in July.
Elise Mucha bought Brutus Seafood from Bruce and Letty Erwin this summer, selling her medical sales business to be closer to home.
“I was traveling every week around the whole state of Florida,” said the Chicago native who moved to Orlando and then Marathon, where she’s now managing the restaurant and selling local seafood full time.
Mucha said she ships seafood including lobster and stone crab claws from Florida Keys waters to restaurants all over the United States, most of them in New York and California.
“I just shipped 40 pounds of stone crab claws,” she said with a laugh Monday.
Everything in the seafood case that greets patrons through the front door is local, Mucha said, adding the case is small and doesn’t hold much, so fresh seafood like hogfish and yellowtail snapper is constantly being brought in.
Mucha is bringing back the old dinner menu created by Bruce Erwin and has opened the restaurant for dinner hours once more, something the Erwins stopped doing toward the end of their ownership.
The menu features sandwiches, subs, salads and, of course, seafood.
Brutus Seafood is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offers delivery for both lunch and dinner. It is at mile marker 50.5 bayside in Marathon.
Katie Atkins: 305-440-3219