Zunzibar has finally taken its beach-themed bar concept to the beach and is ready to celebrate with a grand opening affair in conjunction with ZUNZIFEST!, its quarterly celebration of growth through giving, on Tuesday, April 11, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The sister concept of the Savannah, Georgia-based fast-casual restaurant Zunzi’s opened a standalone location on Tybee Island, Georgia, on March 28, in the former home of beloved local spot Gerald’s Pig & Shrimp at the intersection of McKenzie Avenue and U.S. Highway 80.
“ZUNZIFEST! is our favorite way of showing appreciation to the local community,” says Zunzi’s + Zunzibar owner Chris Smith. “And we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our grand opening than by kicking it off with our new neighbors and showing our support to the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.”
On April 11, Zunzibar invites members of its text community to the new location for a free Conquistador (vegan option available upon request) and will be donating a portion of sales during this month’s ZUNZIFEST! to the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia. Guests joining for ZUNZIFEST! also will be able to take part in Tybee Island Main Street’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. before Zunzibar closes early at 3 p.m. for a special appreciation party for the Zunzibar team.
“With Zunzibar’s beach theme and bar-focused menu, it made sense for us to look locally at potential beachside locations where we could cater specifically to beachgoers,” says Smith. “Of course, Tybee Island was high on our list of spots, and when we saw that the Gerald’s Pig & Shrimp building was available, it was like a sign. It’s pretty much the perfect size for our needs, and the location is ideal. It’s right across the street from the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel and Grand Ballroom, which makes us a super-convenient option to cater events there. It’s even golf cart-accessible. Everything just lined up beautifully.”
The Zunzibar menu features a heavy focus on bar fare, including wings and a selection of Zunzi’s award-winning sandwiches. Among the food highlights are the Conquistador sandwich – What Zunzi’s is best known for, made with marinated chicken, provolone, lettuce, tomato, Zunzi’s sauce and dressing, and Parmesan, served on a freshly baked French bread roll; Falafel – made with falafel, romaine, tomato, cucumber, onion, feta, hummus, ziki, and Zunzi’s sauce and dressing; and Slaap chips – House-made potato chips with signature seasoning, topped with onions and peppers, peri-peri cheese sauce, Zunzi’s sauce and dressing, and sour cream. The beverage menu boasts beer, wine, signature cocktails, and shot-skis.
While the flagship Zunzi’s + Zunzibar location in downtown Savannah features the two concepts adjacent to each other, the Tybee Island location is the first standalone Zunzibar, part of a move to emphasize the strengths of the sibling brands as the company ramps up efforts to franchise and expand into multiple markets.
“Zunzibar is a perfect fit for Tybee Island,” Smith says. “We built our business in Savannah, focused on making locals say ‘Shit, yeah!’ to our fantastic offerings and our focus on giving back to the communities we serve. And now we’re just super excited to provide that same experience for Tybee Island and to be a part of the Tybee community.”
Zunzibar is located at 1115 US-80 East on Tybee Island.