Q: It appears Pate’s House of Prime Rib isn’t returning to the mall. Is it opening elsewhere in town?
— Doug, Naples
A: Owner Stanly Pate is keeping this fine-dining concept alive for a possible relaunch, but it probably won’t happen soon.
“If the right site comes along, we would like to try it again. It just didn’t pan out up there,” Pate said. “I was hoping we could make it, but it just wasn’t working out. We decided to bow out.”
Although he does not have concrete plans in the works, Pate hopes to make the House of Prime Rib concept work eventually.
“We are looking around for another location,” he said. “It’s not a dead issue. We’ll do something again, I’m sure.”
The Pates opened Pate’s House of Prime Rib in October in the Coastland Center mall location vacated in January 2010 by Ted’s Montana Grill. After operating for only six months, Pate’s House of Prime Rib closed March 25 in what Pate hoped was a temporary situation while he negotiated his lease. But he decided to not reopen his restaurant at the mall.
“I have nothing but great things to say about the mall. It was a good working relationship, but it just didn’t work out,” he said.
Pate and his wife, Julie, are still keeping busy at Pate’s Pub, a steakhouse they have operated for more than six years at the nearby Ramada Inn, 1100 U.S. 41 N., Naples.
The restaurant business is inherent to the entire Pate family. Even patriarch Cloyde Pate is getting restless in his “retirement” after selling Cloyde’s Steak and Lobster House in the Village on Venetian Bay in 2009. He is mulling over another local dining venue, as well.
MORE LOCAL RESTAURANT NEWS
■ Bond Restaurant & Lounge’s grand opening will be Thursday in Naples Walk, the shopping center on the southeast corner of Airport-Pulling and Vanderbilt Beach roads in North Naples. The new restaurant, opening in the 7,000-square-foot space of the former Latitude, Paul Sturkey’s Encore and Cafe Italia Ristorante, transforms after hours into an upscale lounge with live entertainment from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., as well as a disc jockey playing until closing. Bond opens daily at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and operates until 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and until about midnight Monday and Tuesday. Click here for a preview of Bond’s menus. Reservations: 239-596-5600
■ Pavilion Royal Scoop is the new name for the Pavilion Ice Cream Parlor in the Pavilion shopping center on the northwest corner of U.S. 41 North and Vanderbilt Beach Road in North Naples. Under a licensing agreement, the ice cream parlor is now exclusively serving Royal Scoop homemade ice cream.
“We are their sole provider for hard ice cream,” said Royal Scoop owner David Zimmerman, who wants to offer his licensing model to other regional stores.
Pavilion Ice Cream owner Rameen Naghib had been a wholesale customer of Royal Scoop’s, but his shop also offered other ice cream brands. He solely took on 45 of Royal Scoop’s flavors in mid-January, and this month began full licensing, which includes wearing Royal Scoop uniforms, honoring the same coupons and featuring the same specials.
“We have noticed a significant improvement in sales since switching over to carrying Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream,” Naghib said.
The store will host a “rebranding party” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the shop next to Pavilion Cinemas 10.
“We are so excited to be part of the Royal Scoop team that we wanted to share the fun with our whole community,” Naghib said.
Saturday’s fun will include games and prizes, a scavenger hunt, face painting and an ice cream eating contest. The first 100 customers will receive a free cup or cone of ice cream.
The original Royal Scoop opened in 1979, making it the oldest operating homemade ice cream store in Bonita Springs. The Pavilion store, Royal Scoop’s first licensed store, has been open for about 30 years in Naples.
In addition to ice cream, Royal Scoop offers low-fat yogurt, sorbets and deli sandwiches. 239-597-4043
■ Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar opened its third area location June 5 in Mercato in North Naples. The pizzeria moved into the former home of Piola, an Italy-based pizzeria that closed in March after operating for three years. Naples Flatbread also has locations at 6434 Naples Blvd. in North Naples and in Miromar Outlets in Estero.
The menu features Neapolitan pizza and Tuscan flatbreads, gourmet macaroni and cheese, grilled panini sandwiches on artisan bread, and hearth-baked pasta dishes. The wine bar features 30 varieties by the glass and a variety of beers. A glutenfree menu also is available. 239- 431- 8259
■ Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes opened its fifth location June 15 next to Chipotle Mexican Grill on Mercato’s main street off U.S. 41 in North Naples. The quickly expanding local cupcake business just opened its fourth location April 6 in Coconut Point in Estero. Grace & Shelly’s also has two other locations in Naples and one in the Fort Myers area.
Some of the many daily flavors include tiramisu, turtle cheesecake, red velvet and brown sugar caramel. The business even offers gluten-free cupcakes on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, while supplies last. 239-596-5300
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