July 26, 2017

The owners of Triton Seafood Restaurant promise tasty dishes with quality ingredients.

Contributed The owners of Triton Seafood Restaurant promise tasty dishes with quality ingredients.

MARATHON —  Owner Marvin Cerda opened Triton Seafood Restaurant on U.S.1 in Marathon over the Fourth of July holiday and said he has been busy ever since. 

Cerda, former executive chef at Acquapazza Ristorante in Layton, said when that restaurant closed, he and wife Juanita, who worked there as well, decided it was time to open their own seafood restaurant just south of Key Colony Beach. 

Open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, the Cerdas prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Cerdas will make to-go orders and can do catering, too.

“Food is my passion. Cooking is my passion,” the chef said. “I was cooking in my mom’s kitchen in Nicaragua since childhood.”

When he came to the U.S. 25 years ago, he began working in Miami kitchens and then on Miami Beach in a fine Italian restaurant. Italian cuisine is among his favorites.

“Twelve years ago, I came to the Florida Keys and fell in love with a lady, Juanita. We both worked in the kitchen and we both cook. Finally, we decided to open our own restaurant. We wanted to have a steady job and serve quality food to our clients,” Cerda said.

Specialty pasta, steak and chicken is available in addition to seafood. Cerda also will make a la carte dishes and honor special requests. 

“I want to make everybody happy,” he said.

Cerda said his original recipes are designed to appeal to local tastes, but he can serve up international flair as well.

“I offer lots of traditional American food, but my culinary roots are Italian and French cuisine. That’s why I cook very tasty food,” he said.

Triton Seafood Restaurant is in a location that previously was a bar and disco. Triton offers a large selection of wine, as well as a full bar.

The Cerdas invested money in making the kitchen workable and enhancing the dining area, which can seat more than 150 people.

Triton Seafood Restaurant is at 11399 Overseas Highway. For reservations or catering services, call 305-998-4392.