Well-known restaurateur hopes to turn his mistaken name into another profitable venue

5310 Shirley Street
Naples, FL
Phone: 239-597-3333
Email: info@freddierebels.com

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— Touchdown! Sports fans looking for an ultimate entertainment venue, combined with a wide variety of menu selections, have a fresh place to cheer for their favorite team at Freddie Rebel’s Neighborhood Sports Bar and Grill, located on Shirley Street in North Naples.

Located in the former Sports Page, a local landmark for many years, Freddie Rebel’s offers a totally renovated look from top to bottom in its recent grand opening. Co-owners and well-known restaurateurs, Fadie Rabil and Chrissy Bianchi-Rabil, painstakingly built their sports bar together, and their handmade wooden bar stools give customers a feel for the classic sports bars, just like those surrounding Fenway Park in Boston.

Freddie Rebel’s larger than life, state-of-the-art, high definition televisions line practically every foot of the walls, amongst football jerseys, a pool table, and a shaded outside seating area.

“I’ve been in Naples for 28 years, and Chrissy is celebrating her 20th year in Naples in the restaurant business, and I estimate we served more than two million people,” said Fadi Rabil from his newest location. “We have great pizza, and we make all our own dough... We offer a sports bar menu with Chrissy’s special touch in every item.”

The Rabils also own and operate two other restaurants in Naples, with a history of serving tasty selections at Chrissy Bianchi’s on 3340 U.S. 41 East, and at Chrissy’s Cafe, located at 3400 Radio Road. Chrissy’s Wildside Cafe in the Carillon Plaza was also a breakfast and lunch crowd pleaser with Chrissy’s famous omelets and lunch specials until she sold the restaurant after many years of success at that location.

Fadi Rabil instantly knew the name of the couple’s newest location when he recalled phone messages he received when he was in the hospitality and food service industry.

“When people called, they would mess up my first and last name when they asked for me. They would say it a few times, and it sounded like they were asking for ‘Freddy Rebel,’” said Rabil.

“We are enjoying it. We were here yesterday, and we’re here again today for lunch,” said Tom Mills of Naples, just before biting into his roast beef wrap with his friends Ernie Davey and Alan Grosshart.

Radio personality Dave Elliot agreed with Grosshart. “I come here because of the reputation of Chrissy’s and all of their other restaurants’ success,” he said, noting his radio studio was located down the street.

Scoring a field goal at Freddie Rebel’s is bartender Timothy Conner, who serves up a variety of well and call drinks, not to forget many specialty beers, such as six imports offered on tap, just to name a few of more than two dozen refreshing cold brews available.

Those looking for a speedy lunch offering can kick off and relax during a lunch hour, with “Fast Freddie’s” lunch specials for $5.99 each. Freddie’s Steak Salad is a fan favorite on the menu, with hot steak tips atop a fully-loaded salad with mixed greens, red peppers, artichokes, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, blue cheese crumbles, caramelized walnuts, and a side of rich blue cheese vinaigrette dressing.

“We have the same chefs that people have known for years, and we have everything in high definition. Business is very good, and people are happy we opened,” said Fadi Rabil.

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