Tim decided to ride through the village one afternoon, as he did most days, and he saw a for sale sign in the window of that very same restaurant he admired on his first trip to the island. The year was 1989, and without a cell phone, he scribbled the number down in his truck and rushed home to inquire about the business. Bought on a handshake and the promise of hard work, Tim and Melissa’s journey with the Sandcastle and the St. Simons community began. In April of 1989, the doors to Sandcastle Café and Grille opened and their world changed forever.
Excited and eager to be their own bosses, Tim and Melissa would spend the next 29 years dedicating their lives to building an incredible business and legacy. From festivals, cooking shows, to hosting charity events, they have spent their lives serving the community of St. Simons.
In February of 2018, Tim began to prepare his daughter, Catherine, to come home and take the reins of the family business. As a family, they spent several months planning, and discussing ideas for a new exciting breath of fresh air for their beloved Sandcastle. Sadly, our fearless leader, Tim, passed away July of 2018, and was not able to see his daughter step in.
Just as he would have wanted it, the doors to the Castle remain open, and his daughter and lifelong partner, Melissa continue to carry on his legacy.