Canada's largest specialty coffee franchiser plans to open its first U.S. cafe in Naples.
Second Cup is tentatively targeted to open around February or March in Mercato in North Naples. The new coffee shop has leased a freestanding building on the northwest corner of Strada Place’s piazza near The Counter Custom Built Burgers location, said Valerie Cope, a spokeswoman for Madison Marquette, the development company which manages the local retail center.
Founded in Ontario in 1975, Second Cup has more than 350 cafés across Canada, and has trademarked "there's a little love in every cup.” Its international arm has café expansion plans for the U.S. and Mideast.
In addition to a variety of roasts of traditional coffees, Second Cup’s hot beverages include flavored teas, espressos, lattes and hot chocolate. Chilled beverages include iced coffees and teas, lemonade, fruit smoothies, chillers and Italian sodas.
The cafes also offer free wireless Internet access, as well as café snacks designed to complement the gourmet quality of its coffees. Seasonal selections include cinnamon heart cookies in the spring, fruits in summer and pumpkin treats in the fall, according to secondcup.com.
Andy's Stake House
Q: During the late 1970s, there was a popular restaurant/nightclub in the Gulf Gate Shopping Plaza, close to where the Bravo Supermarket now stands. Their menu included jumbo stone crab claws and there was a dance floor for patrons so inclined. Do you recall the name of this fine establishment?
— Ken Eisinger, Naples
A: You remember Andy’s Stake House, which was located in Gulf Gate Plaza, 2660 U.S. 41 E., on the corner of Bayshore Drive, then named Kelly Road.
Andy’s Stake House existed in the haze of another era. The bar hosted regional rock bands and even acts such as Sly Stone and Herman’s Hermits.
Gulf Gate is one of Naples area's oldest shopping centers, having been developed in the late 1960s. When Andy’s Stake House was there, the plaza had one of the area’s first Publix supermarkets, where Big Lots is today. Gulf Gate also had a movie theater then and still is home to Naples’ first McDonald’s, which opened in 1973.
Q: We were in Naples last week and the Jolly Cricket was closed. What happened? Will it be reopening?
— Nestor E. Kostyniuk, Toronto, Ontario
A: The downtown Naples restaurant permanently closed Nov. 9 after operating on Fifth Avenue South for more than three years.
Owners Tony and Jane Wood closed after a year-long struggle with their landlord, as detailed last week in a Daily News report. The couple is refocusing their efforts on their remaining Naples restaurant, Jane's Cafe on Third, 1209 Third St. S.
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More local restaurant news
■ The Big Red Food Cart opened Nov. 5 at 1225 Airport-Pulling Road on the corner of Estey Avenue in East Naples. The red wagon will offer Chicago-style hot dogs and Maxwell Street polish sausage sandwiches, as well as foot-long hot dogs, chicken and beef fajitas, and meatball and chicken parmesan subs. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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■ Toast opened its third area location Nov. 1 at 24600 U.S. 41 S. in the Shoppes at Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs. The breakfast-lunch spot is in the former home of Shrimp Shack, which closed earlier this year.
Chef Ken Vandereecken and his wife, Brandi Lostracco, opened their first Toast restaurant three years ago in the former Chrissy’s location in Pebblebrooke Center, 15215 Collier Blvd., near the southwest corner of Immokalee Road. The second North Naples location opened in October 2011 in the former spot of Luna Rossa in Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road.
Toast is open 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. (239) 221-8256
■ Ron Dao’s Piri Piri Flame Grilled Chicken & Salad opened Oct. 15 at 18767 U.S. 41 S. in the former Fitzgerald’s location in San Carlos Park. In addition to quarter, half and whole chicken dinners, Piri Piri’s menu includes steaks, riblets, hot sandwiches, rice bowls, quesadillas, wings, soup and salads.
The new restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (239) 768-3267.
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