The space the Mango Inn Bar and Grill occupies was first opened over 17 years ago as the Mango Café. In May of 2014 a new owner, Brad Bridwell, took over the restaurant. After a complete facelift to include refurbished wood, new kitchen equipment, locally made wooden / wicker chairs and barstools Brad and his newly-recruited Executive Chef, Peter Bradford, are dedicated to serving great food with a high level of table service, hospitality and fun.
The restaurant is a covered open-air space with rustic brick floors, Honduran wood attributes and the only wood-fired brick oven on the island. We are surrounded by a lush tropical garden and offer a unique environment away from the hustle, bustle and noise of the downtown area. Our candlelit tables and unique lighting create a serene yet funky atmosphere. To compliment the ambiance we offer a variety of music not found in other establishments on Utila. Classic blues, soul, old-time R&B, New Orleans jazz and even some old time rock ‘n’ roll enhance the experience while allowing our guests to easily converse while they enjoy their meal. We are on the grounds of The Mango Inn, which offers excellent accommodations for your visit.
Committed to producing the best pizza on the island (a sentiment shared by the general population) we also have a full menu offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks 7 days a week. In addition, we create a different special for dinner every night featuring a high percentage of organic and local products. We have a full bar with a nice selection of wines and are known to make a wicked pina coladas, frozen margaritas and Monkey Lalas. Our food is damn good, unique but not fancy, interesting but not fussy.You will not go away hungry or bored, as hands-on personalized service and delicious food creates an experience to write home about.
Brad Bridwell honed his bar tending skills for over twenty years while living in Boulder, Colorado. His inimitable style moved him into management where he was known to shake everyone’s hand and kiss all the babies. That being a bit of an exaggeration, he quite simply specialized in hospitality. Having served in every position in the industry, Brad has a unique and on-point view on what makes a restaurant experience memorable: making guests feel special.
After his successful run in Boulder, Brad moved to Minneapolis and successfully operated a pizza and pasta joint with an Americana menu and a full bar in the very hip part of Minneapolis known as Uptown for eighteen highly profitable years. During his tenure in Minneapolis Brad accumulated many industry and community awards for excellence in service and food.
In February of 2013 Brad felt the need to chase his dream of living and working on a Caribbean island. Wanderlust was upon him. Legend has it that during his travels he used only a Hoe and a large glass of water to singlehandedly save a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of Army Ants and then proceeded to celebrate with the villagers on Pizza and Beer, (legend has it). While he was in Anguilla, drinking plenty of rum, and looking at potential investments, he heard that the Mango Café in Utila was for sale. Brad had visited the Island several times and had always been captured by its beauty and its charm. After visits in October 2013 and again in March of 2014 Brad saw the potential to offer the island something special. His introduction to Peter Bradford on the March trip was serendipity at it’s best. Peter wanted to stay on the island and Brad needed a talented chef to complete his quest. They shared, and still share the same vision for the Mango Inn Bar and Grill, “Good Food, Good Times and Good Friends.”
Executive Chef Peter Bradford has been in Utila for several years; he was Chef/Consultant at the Harbor House Restaurant on the Utila Cays, and Chef at Utopia Dive Village on the South Shore before his current stint as chef at Mango Inn Bar & Grill.
He attended California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and has owned and managed several restaurants, as well as having done just about every job there is in the restaurant business. He takes great pride in creating unique dishes, and revels in sending people home full and happyHe brings to the Mango Inn Bar & Grill his passion for good food, along with a sense of fun and whimsy that is frequently evident in his near-daily posts on the restaurant’s Face Book page. Although never one to take life too seriously, he has never been convicted of a serious crime, nor has he ever intentionally poisoned anyone.
Formerly a professional photographer and a published author, Chef Peter still enjoys photography and writing. Most of his spare time is taken up with his avocation as raconteur and bon vivant.