Q: Did Frascati's restaurant close again? I went to go there for dinner and it is all locked up but no sign is on the door like last summer saying they are closed for the summer.
— Carri, Naples
A: Yes, Frascati's Italian Restaurant is closed permanently this time, said Chip Olson of Colonial Square Realty Inc., the company that leases the small River Reach plaza that Frascati's anchored for about 18 years in East Naples.
Frascati’s, 1258 Airport-Pulling Road N., was closed last year in June, but was reopened in November by owner Carl Sperduti Jr. The popular family-owned business will not reopen this time, Olson said. Telephone messages left for Sperduti were not returned.
At least two businesses, one a national chain, have shown interest in the property, Olson said.
Lely Resort land clearing
Q: Both sides of the Collier Boulevard entranceway to Lely Resort, opposite Verona Walk's entranceway, are being leveled of trees and graded. Can you provide information as to what is planned for these two tracts?
— Leo Stadt, East Naples
A: I, basically, received the same answer when I asked about the clearing of a similar Lely Resort tract on U.S. 41 East this spring.
"We're just clearing them for future commercial development," said Claudine Wetzel of Naples-based Stock Development LLC, owner of Lely Resort.
Stock had previously proposed building a multi-story, mini-Bayfront-type mixed-use development with retail, office and residential space on the 9-acre property on the East Trail. I asked if a similar development was possible on the Collier Boulevard properties.
"We're certainly open to a lot of different ideas going around, but nothing certain," Wetzel said.
The two properties at 7815 Collier Blvd., on either side of Grand Lely Drive, include 8.8 acres to the north of the Lely Resort entrance and 9.14 acres to the south. The parcels have a taxable value of $2,874,960 and $2,986,035, respectively, according to Collier County Property Appraiser records on collierappraiser.com.
Goodland Boat Park
Q: Was wondering if you heard the opening date of the new Goodland boat park. We drove by yesterday and it looks like everything is completed. Looks very good. Thank you.
— Tom, Naples
A: The Goodland Boat Park is expected to open Aug. 20, said John Torre, Collier County Communication & Customer Relations Department Director.
The new county park, which sits on more than 5 acres at the southern tip of Goodland, includes a two-lane boat ramp, parking spaces for 75 boat trailers and 16 regular vehicles, finger pier with 12 wet boat slips, dock with 11 wet slips, viewing deck, fishing deck, handicap access boat ramp, fish cleaning station, covered picnic pavilion, and bike racks, Torre said.
The park’s dockmaster building includes public restrooms, a meeting room, four 300-gallon live bait tanks, and a small store selling angler supplies, commissary goods and ice.
Outback coming yet?
Q: Is there any truth to the rumors of Outback Steakhouse building a restaurant at the 951/41 corridor?
— Beau Middlebrook, Isle of Capri
A: I last looked into this rumor in April, but I thought maybe something had changed, so I asked again.
"We have nothing to report for that area," said Shannon Black, public relations manager for OSI Restaurant Partners LLC.
That was her blanket response to a broader question I posed: "Are any OSI restaurants planned for Collier County?"
In addition to Outback, Tampa-based OSI owns Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Roy's.
More local restaurant news:
■ Cafe Alessio, a popular North Naples Italian restaurant for gluten-free diners, has permanently closed, according to a spokesman at its sister restaurant, Cafe Alessio in Doylestown, Pa. The restaurant in Mission Square West on Pine Ridge Road closed May 5 without even notifying some of its employees, who showed up for work to see signs posted announcing that the restaurant was closed for the summer, and would reopen in August. But, of course, that's not happening now.
■ Dunkin' Donuts finally reopened its North Naples location off U.S. 41 North on Friday. For those keeping score, I had reported last year that the location, 881 105th Ave. N., would open in January, and then followed up in a May column that it would reopen in June. I got a big doughnut on those predictions, but here's a tip you can count on: Through Thursday, customers can purchase small iced coffees for only 99 cents.
■ Pinchers Crab Shack recently opened its eighth area location in the former home of R.J. Gator's in the Gulf Coast Town Center in Estero. The regional chain is based in Bonita Springs.
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