Proposed HYATT Project
Barrier Reef Restaurant

John T. Connelly, Jr., Owner/President


Nautical Furnishings, Inc.: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Having been in business for more than 36 years, Nautical Furnishings provides the world's largest assortment of unusual authentic and replicated marine artifacts, custom interior and exterior lighting and restaurant decor.

The company was founded in 1972 by John Connelly, who combined his love of surfing and interest in design and architecture with his business degree to create Nautical Furnishings. The key to its success is the unique aspects of the work, created by use of reclaimed and authentic materials, combined with outstanding customer service. Even today, John remains involved in the day to day business.

Clients can visit Nautical Furnishing's 40,000 square foot showroom and warehouse, containing everything imaginable for a nautical themed venue. Staffed by knowledgeable and experienced designers and technicians, the staff can bring even the most unique concepts to life. From custom tables and millwork to marine lighting wired to each client's unique specifications in its UL certified wiring shop, some of America's most prominent restaurant developers, theme parks and specialty retailers turn to Nautical Furnishings.


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Client List

  • Disney Companies:
    Orlando, Florida & Anaheim, California
  • Universal Studios & Theme Parks:
    Universal City, California & Orlando, Florida
  • Six Flags:
    New York, New York & Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Bass Pro Shops:
    Springfield, Missouri
  • Darden Restaurants:
    Orlando, Florida
  • OSI Restaurant Partners:
    Tampa, Florida


Their client list also includes a number of regional chains and privately owned restaurants.

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