As we began preparing this column on Marco restaurants, mostly ones that had been on hiatus and are opening in the next few days, we came across news of some interesting changes in the restaurant landscape.
Pincher’s Crab Shack chain of restaurants is actively looking for a place to open on Marco Island. Grant Phelan at Pinchers home office in Bonita Springs says the company was eyeing the now closed former home of Bimini’s and Almost Famous Mel’s on South Collier, “but that’s not going through,” Grant says.
“We also were interested in the Guy Harvey’s location (at the Esplanade) but that’s not available. We just can’t seem to find anything.
“We love Marco, love the local residents and get a lot of them in our Tin City Restaurant. Marco would be a natural for us, to come there, but we just can’t seem to find the right location.
“We’re still looking, so if anyone knows of anything, let us know please. If anybody has a place over five thousand square feet and would like to talk about it, let us know. We want to come to Marco.”
Another restaurant looking for a new home is Casa Mia. It’s location at the Lakeside Inn on First Avenue is closed and Casa Mia owners Marie and Tony Brock are looking for a new location on the island. Tony has his eye on a place but it wouldn’t be prudent to say where just yet.
The Lakeside Inn, as previously reported, remains open for business under new ownership and has had major renovations. Just one example, older TVs have been replaced with flat screens. Phone 394-1161.
Rumors are rampant about other restaurant changes in town, but we’ll await the facts to protect the innocent. (Courtesy chuckle required here.)
Some lip-smacking news: Restaurant reopenings
Speaking of local restaurants, many that closed at some point for an off-season hiatus, are checking in with news of their official re-opening dates. Here are the ones we know about for sure, listed alphabetically:
Bistro Soleil: Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.: 389-0981.
Cafe de Marco: Wednesday: 394-6262.
House of Mozart: Oct. 7: 642-5220.
Little Bar: Oct. 7: 394-5663.
Marek’s Early October: 642-9948.
Philly Grille: Thursday, 394-2221.
Sasso’s: Saturday: 393-4960.
Verdis: Thursday at 6 p.m. Reservations: 394-5533.
Blow-out close-out sale at 2wice as nice
Fans of good consignment deals on upscale clothing and accessories may wish to mark their go-shopping calendars for Wednesday through Saturday, , at the 2wice As Nice shop at 291 South Collier Boulevard.
Owner Judy Barney is closing 2wice As Nice and has asked us to let her customers and clients know.
In addition to the major sale next week, Judy says some islanders have not retrieved items they had there on consignment that didn’t sell. Others may have some money coming to them for sales not reconciled, Judy says.
Judy invites anyone who has unfinished business at 2wice As Nice to contact her right away. Call Judy at the store, 389-0227. If she can’t answer just then, leave a message and she’ll return your call.
Meantime, the shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the four-day close-out sale starting Wednesday.
Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail email@example.com.
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