Week-long celebration marks Stonewalls first anniversary

Looks like the third little pig built Stonewalls on Marco Island, because the big bad economy hasn’t blown it down. In fact, it’s their one year anniversary, and according to manager Tim Burke, the family restaurant at the southern end of the island is thriving.

Stonewalls American Bistro and Café reached the one year mark on Wednesday, and they are celebrated the milestone with gobs of specials for both kids and adults, including a visit from Santa on Wednesday evening.

“We decided to do some extra special things to celebrate our first anniversary,” said Burke. Wednesday night, all the kids get to eat free and visit with Santa. Then, on Friday night, we have our new outdoor bar and bartender and regular beer and wine specials, and we have added live entertainment for this Friday night. Both beer and wine are $2 from 5 to 8 p.m.”

Other events for the week long one year birthday celebration included specials on different days, such as Monday’s $1 LaVazza coffee, free fountain drink with a meal on Tuesday, free cupcake with a meal Thursday, and $5 flatbread pizzas on Friday.

Friday’s event starts at 5 p.m., and includes a drawing for $365 Stonewall bucks (gift certificate), a 50/50 raffle (proceeds go to Toys for Tots,) birthday cake and solo act Jenny Woodman will entertain guests from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Burke has been running the show for the “order at the counter with a kick of service” cozy kid-friendly American bistro and café. After you place your order, a staff member, mostly the originals from day one, brings it to your table. The establishment seats between 50 and 70 people, with outside tables. To insure that the restaurant stays competitive, Burke says besides the outdoor bar on Friday and Saturday nights, they have upgraded a few other things since opening.

Island hoppers can now enjoy morning fare. “We started offering breakfast a few months after we opened,” Burke said. With features like “Islander Breakfast,” (eggs, seasoned potatoes, meat choice and toast) “Sweet Mama,” (buttermilk pancakes, meat choice and fresh strawberries, blueberries and bananas) and “Create Your Own Omelette”, no one goes hungry. “And the LavAzza (the menu lists it as Italy’s favorite coffee) is excellent,” said Burke. The cozy restaurant also offers espresso, lattes, cappuccinos and café mocha. There is also an extensive offering of fresh baked treats.

Also, according to Burke, the dinner atmosphere is more inviting, and a few new dishes have been added. “Our dinner focus is pasta, and we tested some dishes over the summer. So this season, you can have great Cajun shrimp pasta, or the chicken Marsala over pasta is really popular. And the kids love the spaghetti, with or without a meatball,” said Burke. For lunch, Burke said the corned beef Ruben sandwich and meatball parm sandwich are popular, and include your choice of side dish. “And we get a lot of compliments on Al’s homemade seafood chowder. It’s his own recipe with a mix of seafood, and people absolutely love it.”

Head chef restaurant pro Al Landers continues to man the kitchen. Stonewalls is owned by Tom Garousi.

“We are a unique restaurant. You can get great food at reasonable prices. And, it’s fast,” said Burke.

Stonewalls is located at 551 S. Collier Blvd.

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