To New Smyrna Beach locals, Matthew Clancy and his family are synonymous with the restaurant business. For over 30 years, they have provided fun, relaxing atmosphere for friends to gather, dine and laugh. First, in the form of Clancy’s Cantina – a beachy Tex-Mex staple for visitors and residents alike. And now, via their newest addition to the NSB scene; Cafe Verde. Since Matt and his twin sister Margaret opened the restaurant in 2012, it has become very popular. Customers have fallen in love with the unique menu and great service.
When you walk onto the outdoor patio at Cafe Verde, it is evident that a central theme of the restaurant is to “live green.” Surrounded by lush tropical plants, as well as fresh herbs it feels like you have wandered into a peaceful garden. You’d never know that your table is just steps from the heart of New Smyrna Beach. According to Matt, the Flagler Avenue location has galvanized their connection to the community. They feel like they have accomplished what their family members set out to do all of those years ago.
Humbled by his success, Matt looks for ways to give back to others whenever possible. He is active in several youth groups, including little league and local surf camps. He also goes out of his way to serve as a mentor to the young people who join his staff. For many, it is the first job they’ve ever had. Matt takes the time to mold them – not only into great employees – but into great people. One thing that he’s learned over the years is that you can’t judge ‘kids’ too early. You never know what they will grow up and accomplish. Someone who seemed to be headed down the wrong path may just grow up to set the world on fire.
The connection between Matt and his staff shines through in their work. Every member of the team is dedicated to clean, fresh entrees – and to supporting each other along the way. It is this camaraderie that creates the light, inviting atmosphere of Cafe Verde. It is a wonderful place to hang out, enjoy delicious food, and relax. Matt is usually making the rounds, greeting guests and making new friends. Laid-back and jovial, he’s full of great stories of people he’s met over the years, surfing and biking adventures, and the multiple times he’s hiked the Grand Canyon. Once you share a meal, a drink, and some laughs you will be considered one of Matt’s many friends that he’s gained along his lifelong journey in hospitality.