Business Buzz: June 9, 2008

Wilmer Valladares of Accurate Comfort Services installs air-conditioning ducts in what is to be the bar/reception area of Joey's Pizza & Pasta House on Marco Island.

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Wilmer Valladares of Accurate Comfort Services installs air-conditioning ducts in what is to be the bar/reception area of Joey's Pizza & Pasta House on Marco Island.

Randy and Toni Shannon tuck into some snacks provided by the staff of Almost Famous Mel's SouthBeach Smokehouse BBQ on the occasion of the restaurant's official opening. It was formerly Bimini's Beach Club restaurant.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff // Buy this photo

Randy and Toni Shannon tuck into some snacks provided by the staff of Almost Famous Mel's SouthBeach Smokehouse BBQ on the occasion of the restaurant's official opening. It was formerly Bimini's Beach Club restaurant.

Wilmer Valladares of Accurate Comfort Services installs air-conditioning ducts in what is to be the bar/reception area of Joey's Pizza & Pasta House on Marco Island.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff // Buy this photo

Wilmer Valladares of Accurate Comfort Services installs air-conditioning ducts in what is to be the bar/reception area of Joey's Pizza & Pasta House on Marco Island.

Joey's Pizza and Pasta House - Marco Island

257 North Collier Boulevard, Marco

Addition a plus

An extension now materializing at Joey’s Pizza and Pasta House on Collier Boulevard will eventually make waiting for a table a breeze in the busy eatery.

Owner Joe Oliverio, in business with the restaurant since 1996, said the addition is a bar and waiting area, while a second story addition is purely for architectural looks.

Coinciding with the tie-in of the addition, Oliverio said, will be a big renovation of the existing restaurant’s interior, necessitating temporary closure of the dining room from this week through about July 1.

However, he said, carry out and delivery services will be available throughout that time.

Oliverio said the addition will not add extra seating to the restaurant, hence there will be no parking bay issues.

“In fact,” Oliverio said, “we’ve obtained shared parking on both sides of the building after 5 p.m., so we now have twice the required parking spaces.”

Setback requirements also don’t come into play because the expansion was forward, Oliverio added.

Refinements within the restaurant will also include doubling bathroom space (including handicap access), Oliverio said.

Also in the cards for the restaurant is a full liquor license. It had previously operated with a beer and wine license.

Hours are 11 a.m. through 10 p.m., seven days a week.

Thompson to talk

Marco’s new city manager, Steven Thompson, will be on hand at the June 25 Orion Bank In The Round gathering to talk about his visions for Marco Island.

Thompson will talk about integration with City Councilors and Department Heads, city water company growth, infrastructural improvements, and assorted issues including the buzz subject of the moment — the possible acquisition by Marco Island of its own power company.

As usual, reservations are required for the evening, which kicks off with refreshments and snacks at 6:30 p.m.

Call 393-2400.

Franchise opportunity

There’s no denying the durability of fast food joints — or, quick service restaurants, as some like to be called — and there’s another one on the horizon.

Ker’s WingHouse Bar Grill, a Largo-based sports-themed wing and casual dining chain is looking for franchisees as it decides to grow nationally.

Publicist Dara Simkin said the chain’s goal is for 25 franchises by the end of 2008, and 48 by 2011.

The company was founded by NFL veteran Crawford Ker in 1994, and at the moment has 19 locations in Florida and Texas.

Simkin said the company is looking for experienced, multi-unit operators and well-financed investors who have a net worth of at least $1.5 million.

Franchise information can be obtained at www.winghousefranchising.com or by calling 727-451-3529.

Steaks ‘n Stetsons

You’ll know they’re on Marco by the big trucks and tags that read: Beef, it’s what’s for dinner.

Florida’s cattlemen and women will be in town next week for their annual convention, bringing a touch of steaks and Stetsons to the Marco Island Marriott Resort.

The delegates will spend the week discussing issues pertinent to their industry, but will also have time to socialize with far-flung colleagues from all over the state.

While the trade show is limited to delegates, one event is definitely open to Marco Islanders, said the association’s Emily Hobby.

An art auction, featuring work by living, working cowboys, will be open Tuesday and Wednesday June 17 and 18, Hobby said.

This includes paintings, memorabilia, carvings and novelty items.

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