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50 Wilson Blvd, Suite 12
Phone: (239) 304-1552
Hours: Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Kountry Spot Restaurant
GOLDEN GATE ESTATES — In just a week and a half since opening Kountry Spot on the east side of Wilson Plaza in Golden Gate Estates, owner Laura Heineck has seen plenty of delighted customers. A huge crowd gathered there Saturday afternoon to celebrate the restaurant’s official grand opening and most importantly, eat.
“It’s the first restaurant and bar out here, and it’s about time,” Cassie Bradley said as she shared some beer with friends during Kountry Spot’s welcome party, featuring live radio road shows, deals on hot wings, and menu items. “I used to drive into Naples, and now everything is here.”
Estates residents Ted Vath and his daughter Lauren agreed with Bradley. Taking a break from sharing fully loaded French fries and spicy wings, Vath said the tangy wing sauce at Kountry Spot lassoes him back in each time.
“They make their own homemade wing sauce from scratch, and it’s really good. This is a much needed restaurant out here,” he said. “It’s a much needed thing out here in Golden Gate. I like that it’s local, and it’s close by.”
Many of Kountry Spot’s frequent diners come in for barbecue specialties, or to catch up with old friends.
“I’m on a liquid diet in the evening,” said Daniel Oppie with a wink. “But in the morning, I like to come here for breakfast, which is usually a ham, egg and cheese croissant, and it’s very good.”
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week, Heineck is no stranger to the rigors of the restaurant and hospitality business. For many years, she managed a local McDonalds restaurant, and keeps lessons learned from her previous roles to build a loyal dining crowd in her friendly restaurant.
“We’ve been really well received, and we’re thankful for that,” said Heinick, as she can often be found talking to customers and serving everyone each day at Kountry Spot.
Her recipes come from her own family cookbooks. Kountry Spot’s homemade alfredo sauce is a secret recipe shared by three generations in Heineck’s family.
“It was passed down from my grandmother, to my mother, to me,” she said.
But there’s more to come soon. Heinick expects another grand opening, both literally and figuratively, when she knocks down a wall to add pool tables and live entertainment. “It’s in our future plans to open up the wall and expand,” said Heineck.
Brian Lakes traveled from Ocala to sink his teeth into Kountry Spot’s barbecue chicken sandwich.
“I really like the secret recipe sauce,” he said between bites.
Another popular menu item is the “Build your Own Omelette” for breakfast, and Heinick said “the biscuits with sausage gravy, French toast, and sausage biscuits are another favorite, too. Everyone likes the McPherson sandwich, which is egg, bacon and cheese on a warm croissant.”
Meanwhile, Heineck said she hopes to have a full liquor bar one day after expanding the restaurant in the next few months. “That’s in the near future,” she said.