The restaurant has three co-owners with significant, high-profile hospitality experience in the region. Tony Espetia, a real estate professional with Coldwell Banker M. M. Parrish Realtors, is the former owner of Rum Runners and Fat Tuesday in Gainesville. Brad Heron is the current owner of Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar. Diego Ibanez, with more than 25 years of restaurant experience, is the co-owner of Emiliano's Café, a long-time family-owned restaurant that started as a bakery in the early 1980s.
"The region really needs an authentic, fresh seafood restaurant that reflects the unique feel of Florida and incorporates exceptional entertainment options for guests," said Tony Espetia, co-owner, The Keys. "We will offer fresh seafood and more with Florida style in a way that's not currently available in Gainesville.