Readers all the time take pleasure in a fast flashback of the native eating places that launch annually. For 2021, it’s going to take no less than two columns to cowl all the brand new eating spots. In the event you’re making an inventory of latest locations to strive, right here’s a superb place to begin. Anticipate extra subsequent week.
Though many extra eating places had deliberate to open close to the top of the yr than truly did, just a few did squeak in beneath the wire. The remaining bought bumped to the brand new yr, so anticipate a bountiful first quarter.
The much-anticipated Del Mar Naples launched final week in a two-story venue that previously was Cafe Lurcat and Bar Lurcat on Fifth Avenue South in down- city Naples. Impressed by Mediterranean coastal delicacies, Del Mar’s menu rotates seasonally and showcases quite a lot of seafood incorporating flavors from Greece, France, Italy, Morocco, Spain and Turkey.
De Adriatico Restaurant additionally introduced quite a lot of European flavors to the desk when it opened in early December within the former Naples Coastal Kitchen suite at Gulf Coast City Heart within the Fort Myers space. De Adriatico’s menu samples Mediterranean, Italian, Greek and Serbian dishes.
Crème de la Crème, a moderan European-style café, launched in early December in Park Shore Plaza on U.S. 41 in Naples. The 50-seat cafe moved into the 1,500-square-foot area Escargot 41 vacated final yr when the longtime native French restaurant expanded into a bigger unit just some steps away within the nook courtyard it shares with Crème de la Crème for al fresco eating round a big fountain. Crème de la Crème, French for “the very best of the very best,” options recent pastries, crepes, quiche, salads, sandwiches, gelato, desserts, juices and extra.
Flavors of India
Extra Indian eating places than ever launched regionally in 2021 though a few them in Bonita Springs truly simply relocated to new spots.
After working for greater than 5 years in Seaside Street Plaza, Ahana’s Bombay Grille tripled its dimension by closing in early January to relocate about one-half mile east to Sunshine Plaza on Bonita Seaside Street in mid-April. India Palace closed its 20-year-old restaurant a yr in the past close to Web page Discipline in Fort Myers to reopen in April about 18 miles south at The Heart of Bonita Springs on the northwest nook of U.S. 41 and Bonita Seaside Street.
In June, Aroma Indian Delicacies launched within the area vacated by Tako Boba Tea & Sushi Cafe at Tamiami Sq. in North Naples. In November, Chef Asif Syed of 21 Spices introduced Indian road meals to Celebration Park in East Naples when he debuted his Deccani Bites meals truck there.
A couple of new Mexican eating places supplied extra choices within the area. Newcomer La Santa Tacos & Tequilas opened in mid-November after teasing of us all yr that it was “coming quickly.” La Santa’s restaurant and bar changed Fuzzy’s Tacos within the North Naples heart anchored by Tremendous Goal on Immokalee Street.
Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria launched a second Collier County location to North Naples when it opened on the finish of January at Logan Landings, the place Logan Boulevard intersects Immokalee Street in North Naples. The area’s fifth Mr. Tequila opened Dec. 15 within the former Applebee’s area off Corkscrew Street simply west of Interstate 75 in Estero.
Bar Tulia doubled its native attraction with a second location within the Naples space. In April, the restaurant and bar opened within the former Wine Loft area at Mercato in North Naples.
Likewise, Aldos Italian Desk & Bar opened a second location in November quite a bit farther from its East Naples roots. Aldos changed KC’s American Bistro in College Village close to Florida Gulf Coast College. To not be outdone, Napoli on the Bay introduced its sixth space location to exchange Pizza Hut at Pebblebrooke Heart off Collier Boulevard in North Naples.
This summer time, Mercato Italiano opened its Italian market and delicacies at Trinity Plaza on U.S. 41 and Third Avenue North in Naples. Calabria Pizza Gyros opened at Bonita Crossings on U.S. 41 in Bonita Springs.
Bowls, particularly new wholesome fruit or veggie creations, are discovering success in every single place one turns. Bahia Bowls Acai Café, primarily based in Estero, opened a location off Naples Boulevard in North Naples in July, one in downtown Fort Myers in October and one other at The Heart of Bonita Springs in December.
The Bowl opened its third location at College Village in Estero. Eat Good additionally opened a 3rd location at Berkshire Commons in East Naples.
Poké Mahi Bowls & Extra got here to the Shoppes at Vanderbilt in North Naples. Playa Bowls lately changed Sweetberry Bowls at Gulf Coast City Heart. The Bowl Bazaar simply opened on the Shoppes at Dockside close to Tin Metropolis in Naples.
Whereas greatest recognized for its ice cream, Scoops additionally has acai bowls. The second location of Scoops Ice Cream & Acai Bowls opened this yr at Inexperienced Tree Heart in North Naples.
In and out
Within the musical chairs of the restaurant world, these new locations had a seat this yr when the music stopped.
Pizza was out and grilled cheese sandwiches have been in as Twisted Cheesery changed Purple’s Pizzeria on Davis Boulevard in October. Throughout Davis Boulevard, Midnight Tavern changed Olympia Bar Restaurant this summer time in East Naples. Dominick Pizza took over the previous East Naples spot of Jet’s Pizza at Radio and Airport-Pulling roads when Jet’s relocated farther east on Radio to Countryside Shoppes.
In North Naples, Naples Brunch changed the Neighborhood Desk restaurant at Mission Sq. on Pine Ridge Street in October. Osteria Matta quietly changed Casa Nostra in The Pavilion procuring heart at U.S. 41 and Vanderbilt Seaside Street. Bobby Yanks Burgers introduced consideration this summer time to the area previously occupied by Locale Eatery close to the NCH North Naples hospital campus the place Goodlette Frank Street ends at Immokalee Street.
In September, BCN Paella & Tapas took over the area vacated by Ahana’s Bombay Grille at Seaside Street Plaza in Bonita Springs. Coldwater Oyster Market & Bar launched within the south Fort Myers location of the previous Marlins Brewhouse and Persistent Tacos on Six Mile Cypress Parkway.
Different eating places took on recent seems by transferring to new digs.
In April, O’mei China Delicacies resurfaced at its unique North Naples nook area in Tamiami Sq. off U.S. 41 after working for 5 years within the Promenade at Naples Centre off Naples Boulevard.
After a quick hiatus this fall following 40 years in Naples Park, Vesuvio’s Pizza relocated 6 miles south on U.S. 41 to Gulfcoast Inn in Naples. The brand new Vesuvio’s changed Membership Sushi on the resort, which is also dwelling to Fujiyama and Harold’s Place.
In Might, Deep Lagoon Seafood relocated lower than 2 miles south from Naples Park to the outparcel restaurant area Ruby Tuesday’s occupied for many years on the Market at Pelican Bay in North Naples.
After a few years, Italian Deli and Market moved this fall to a newly constructed, a lot bigger location with a full-service bar on Marco Island throughout from Veterans’ Neighborhood Park.
Subsequent week, we’ll proceed spotlighting native eating places that launched in 2021 with a take a look at new locations which might be a bit completely different. Plus, anticipate a look at watering holes, dessert stops, meals vehicles and franchises in addition to just a few odds and ends. Blissful New 12 months! ¦