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Master Chef Celebrates Retirement

Staff report

It’s not very often this popular waterfront restaurant, located on the north entrance of Casey Key, closes its doors to the public during its regularly scheduled business hours.  For this very special occasion however, owner Jimmy Von Hubertz did not hesitate to close his establishment early in order to give his partner and long-time master chef a fitting send-off.

Master Chef, Willie Tia decided to hang up his apron after 20 plus years of serving the locals and visitors to Casey Key Fish House & Tiki Hut and join the ranks of retirees that have graced this Old Florida style waterfront restaurant for so many years.

The occasion brought out over 200 friends to offer congratulations and help celebrate Tia’s retirement.


The female duo, Taylor & Taylor helped set the mood with the soft strumming sounds of their acoustic guitars and repertoire of songs.

So what does Willie plan to do during his retirement?  His simple reply echoes what so many would love to do during their first months of retirement – NOTHING!

When asked how owner, Von Hubertz feels about Willie’s retirement, he replied with a grin, “I can’t wait for Willie to become a paying customer!”