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Photographed: Seared Farm Raised Duck Breast in a Red Wine Raspberry Reduction
Both born and raised in the Coastal Bend, both Craig and Ramona Day have been in the restaurant business nearly all their lives. This husband and wife duo have provided a contemporary dining experience in Rockport for nearly 16 years. Specializing in seafood, Latitude 28°02' has come to be known as a culinary treat and favored drinkery among the locals.
Craig has been working in restaurants around Corpus since he was 15 years old. After jumping around and working nearly every job in the business, he found he loved the encouragement and camaraderie he received from customers and co-workers and knew this is what he wanted to do.
Romona’s mother owned a catering business in Portland that was run out of her childhood home, where Ramona washed dishes and helped her mom bake cakes. When in college in Corpus Christi, Romana waited tables and thrived off her many local connections in the business.
After graduating, Ramona taught school in Rockport, but she decided to take up a weekend waitressing job at an Italian restaurant named Valenari's. Eventually, the Days had the opportunity to take over the lease. They changed the name, the concept, and over the years, they’ve gradually taken over the entire building and now own it!
Open since December 1, 2000, the Days knew they wanted to serve seafood. Latitude got its name due to its location, across from Rockport Harbor. After brainstorming several names, they landed on Latitude 28.02 since that is the exact latitude to the entrance to Rockport Harbor.
Local ingredients, sustainable food, and the love of seafood is what has formed the menu. Over the years, Craig saved recipes and has developed others due to local availability. Their formative years led to their affinity for fresh, regional seafood, and allowed the couple to develop their own unique culinary style. You’ll always see a fresh catch of the day on the menu. Love Black Drum? It’s a staple, as it’s abundant, local, and available fresh year round.
Go for the food, and stay for the arts! Latitude 28°02's Fine Art Gallery provides a venue for over 70 of Texas' most accomplished artists to showcase their art. The extensive art collection extends the gallery, providing the perfect backdrop to the elegant, intimate dining area. The art gallery is combined with the restaurant and Ramona procures and sells the art.
Cheers to Rockport’s splendid food scene and its wonderful art community - all in perfect harmony.
LATITUDE 28°02' Restaurant and Art Gallery
105 N Austin St, Rockport, TX 78382