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Steamboat Willies

Steamboat Willies, located on St. Johns Avenue has been a part of the Palatka community since the 1980s. Steamboat Willies transformed in 2010 when owner John Lyon purchased the business from his parents and changed it from a bar and restaurant to a bar only.  After nearly a decade, John considered adding the restaurant back, then the pandemic hit and he was forced to close his doors.

He decided to reopen the restaurant and apply for a license to serve food, but knew he needed some help.  He was referred to Cheryl Lynch of the Florida SBDC at ...read full story...

John LyonSteamboat Willies

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