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Trusses go up on outdoor area at former Norman’s in Cocoa; Murdock’s to close this month

Business to reopen as Tin Whiskey Southern Kitchen late July or early August

Renovations continue at Tin Whiskey, a new restaurant and bar at the corner of Forrest Avenue and King Street in Cocoa
Renovations continue at Tin Whiskey, a new restaurant and bar at the corner of Forrest Avenue and King Street in Cocoa (Tim Short, Florida Today)

COCOA, Fla. – Dixon Builders flew trusses into place Monday morning for the outdoor seating area at Tin Whiskey Southern Kitchen and Still, bringing the transformation of the Cocoa Village bar and restaurant one step closer to completion.

“They’re flying the trusses to be able to put the big tin roof over the big outdoor area,” said owner Stevie Whittaker, who is targeting a late July or early August opening date for the new restaurant and bar at the corner of Forrest Avenue and King Street, according to News 6 partners Florida Today.

Whittaker also owns Murdock’s Southern Bistro on Brevard Avenue in Cocoa, and will close that business on June 20.

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She purchased the property Tin Whiskey property, formerly Norman’s Raw Bar, in March 2020 from Norman Earley. Norman’s had occupied the space for 51 years.

Whittaker doesn’t own the building where Murdock’s has operated since 2000. Her lease is up there June 30.

“Sunday, June 20 is Father’s Day,” Whittaker said. “That’s going to be our last day of regular business at Murdock’s. Then we will have a farewell party on Monday, June 21. Everything will be half-price.

“Get your fix before we have to move out of this building and until we get into the other building,” she said.

After spending the rest of June clearing out the Murdock’s building, the staff will get the first week of July off with pay, Whittaker said, “because they’ve been working their butts off. Then all hands on deck setting up inside Tin Whiskey.”

The Murdock’s name stays with the old building, so Whittaker decided to start fresh with Tin Whiskey. The building includes 5,782 square feet of indoor dining, bar and entertainment space, plus 3,764 square feet of covered outdoor space.

The outdoor space will feature a stage, bar and table seating, fire pits and restrooms.

Extensive remodeling has been underway for 15 months. It’s fitting that Dixon Builders is the primary contractor on a building with more than half a century of history in Cocoa. The Dixon family has been building in the area since 1883.