Common questions about Blue Water Grill
Updated March 4, 2017.
What’s the story with Blue Water Grill, anyway?
Short: I’m Kelly and I opened Blue Water Grill in 2001.
Long: My name is Kelly McDermott Kanabar. I was born and raised in San Pedro, grew up at the old Paradise Hotel, and went to school at the San Pedro RC School (the one you see on Front Street, near the library). After going to high school in Houston (St. Agnes) and doing my undergrad at Georgetown (major bummer: I missed Iverson by 1 year), I came back home in 2001 and partnered with executive chef Chris Aycock to open Blue Water Grill.
My husband, Mukul, is from Houston, where he went to high school at Strake. He did his undergrad at Haverford. We both got our MBAs (entirely online) from University of Texas at Dallas in 2008.
Nobody from our staff has ever cooked on TV or won any Beard Awards. But we’ve been open since 2001, which is still what matters, right?
You can find me at the hostess stand most nights. You will often see my husband, our daughter, and our son causing trouble on the beach in front. Come say hello.
Why all the education talk? I’m only interested in food.
Good point. And formal education isn’t necessarily related to running a business. But, high school, college, and graduate school aren’t the norm in Belize, particularly for young women. We detail our education here in case a kid in Belize reads this and realizes that school is a good idea and that s/he can aspire to big things.
That’s great and all but would do you do to make a difference in the community?
Good question. The 3 main things we do are:
1. We give full scholarships to high school AND preschool for our staff’s children.
2. We pick a different cause every month, raise money, and match all donations. Our sister businesses, The Phoenix Resort and Wine de Vine also participate in this monthly donation effort.
You can read about our current donation effort here.
Past projects have included:
January and February 2017: We raised $7,688. We matched that 100% and bought 30 new laptop computers for the San Pedro High School computer lab.
October - December 2016: We raised $16,325. We matched that 100% and bought an ultrasound machine for the polyclinic.
August 2016: We contributed $1,612 to the San Pedro Kids Club, which is a new after school program for kids in San Pedro.
July 2016: Together with The Phoenix Resort, we contributed $25,361 to the families impacted by the June fire on Middle Street.
June 2016: We donated $4,814 to buy backpacks for disadvantaged students at San Pedro High School
and to build palapas so the kids can eat lunch in the shade.
May 2016: We donated $1,572 to the San Pedro Lions Club, so they can provide
free eye screening and eye glasses to kids in San Pedro, Caye Caulker, and Corozal.
April 2016: We donated over $3K to Camp Starfish, a 2 week summer camp for kids with special needs in San Pedro.
March 2016: A new ECG machine for our medical clinic on the island.
November 2015: Raising money to buy toys for the Phoenix Resort’s annual toy drive
September/October 2015: Donating supplies to the weekly beach cleanup in town.
July 2015: Buying urgent medical supplies for the clinic in town
June 2015: Supporting the San Pedro Cancer Society and the San Pedro Red Cross
May 2015: Donating to the scholarship program for disabled children at Ambergris Caye Elementary School
April 2015: Installing a new playground at Central Park
3. We’ve contributed over $100K to the Liberty Children’s Home since 2009. That home provides care for abused and abandoned kids in Belize.
Wait, full scholarships for high school and preschool?
Yes, we give full scholarships to San Pedro High School to all of our employees’ children, across our family of businesses.
And we pay for our staff’s kids to attend preschool because early childhood education really matters. Cool, right?
So you’re related to other businesses on the island?
When do you have live music?
We have live music every Friday night.
When is sushi available?
The sushi menu is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at dinner.
When are pizzas available?
Wood fired pizzas are available every day at dinner.
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes, we accept all major credit cards, including American Express.
Can I buy a gift certificate?
Yes, visit our online shop here.
Do you have high chairs?
Yes, we have high chairs, a kids menu, and a changing table in the restroom.
And we won’t judge if your kids use our free wifi to watch netflix on your ipad at the table. We’re parents too, after all.
For Runners: Does the running club still exist? For non-runners: Running is dumb...do you do CrossFit?
Runners: We still run. If you want to run, send us a message and we'll do it.
Non-runners: We give all of our staff free membership at the Gym, CrossFit or Zumba. Their choice.
Feel free to ask them about it - many of them exercise now. Don’t worry, we prohibit them from talking about CrossFit on social media.
Anything else we should know?
Not really. But, here are 3 rules we try to follow:
1. It’s better to be happy than right.
2. Noah’s Rule: No points for predicting rain, only for building an ark.
3. Do your best you can until you know better. When you know better, do better.
And 1 recent quote that we think is important:
"Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions."
- George W. Bush
July 12, 2016