MARCO ISLAND — Capt. Brien Spina, owner of Off the Hook Comedy Club on Marco Island, has announced plans to relocate the comedy club to the city of Bonita Springs.
Spina has secured a 4-acre property at the corner of Imperial Parkway and Bonita Beach Road, which he intends to transform into a one-of-a-kind entertainment complex.
Off The Hook Comedy Club was opened in 2005, inside of Capt Brien’s Seafood and Raw Bar in Marco Island by owner Spina.
Off The Hook Comedy Club has staged over a 1,000 comedians, including Tom Green, “Jackass" star Steve-O, Mike Epps, Carlos Mencia, Kevin Hart, Gabriel Inglesias, and Eddie Griffin.
"We simply outgrew our venue in Marco Island," said Capt. Brien. "Our goal was to find a location that was both business-friendly and central enough to serve all our customers. Bonita Springs offered just what we needed."
The new 27,000 square foot facility will add approximately 200 plus new jobs to the area, boasting a variety of show-stopping amenities, including two signature restaurants featuring a world-class chef and a spanish style Sangria bar which will feature a Sangria Waterfall cascading from its 40 foot ceiling. The facility also plans to house the world's first Podcast Cafe and Lounge where guests may enjoy an array of handmade desserts and delightful coffee drinks while producing their very own podcast free of charge.
The new venue, which is slated to begin construction this summer, will continue Off The Hook Comedy Club's successful 8-year tradition of showcasing a mix of internationally known comedians, and brilliant up-and-comers to enthusiastic Southwest Florida audiences. It also plans to attract new revenues -- and tourism -- by making its state-of-the-art venue available for rental to host banquets, weddings, corporate and group events.
Capt. Brien envisions that the move will provide a wide range of growth opportunities, both for the Comedy Club and for the community.
"People love to laugh and enjoy a great meal," said Mr. Spina, "but they don't want to go bankrupt doing it. Our goal is to create a venue offering great comedy, fabulous food and an outstanding facility for the surrounding communities to enjoy."