Beloved chef at Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant in Panama Metropolis Seashore dies

PANAMA CITY BEACH — For Johnny Patronis, proprietor of Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant & Waterfront Market, chef Alonzo Keys was greater than only a longtime worker.

He was household. 

Keys died Sunday morning. He was 85.

Patronis stated the 2 knew one another for virtually all of their lives. 

A submit on the favored restaurant’s Fb web page acknowledged that Keys, who labored for the Patronis household for 66 years, “was the very first rent at Capt. Anderson’s.” By about 3 p.m. Monday, the submit had garnered virtually 400 feedback, greater than 440 shares and about 2,100 reactions. 

“He was any person you possibly can actually rely upon,” Patronis stated. “He was a tireless employee. He’d work seven days per week and a variety of instances, we did work seven days per week. He was there most likely as many hours as my brother and I.”

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A post on  Capt. Anderson's Restaurant & Waterfront Market's Facebook page stated that Keys, who worked for the Patronis family for 66 years, "was the very first hire for the business."

Patronis additionally stated he first met Keys in about 1954. On the time, he was co-owner of the Seven Seas Restaurant in Panama Metropolis and Keys got here in in search of a job. 

Patronis famous that he and his brother, Jimmy, then purchased Capt. Anderson’s in 1967 and Keys, together with a handful of different staff from the Seven Seas, made the change with them.

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Alonzo Keys, a longtime chef for Capt. Anderson's Restaurant & Waterfront Market, died Sunday morning at age 85.

From that time on, Keys was an important a part of the enterprise’ success.

As somebody who views Keys as a brother, Patronis added that whereas the 2 may need had some disagreements over time, they by no means had an argument or falling out.