Q: On 41 East, in the building formerly housed by Sweet Mama's, Mr. Mom's and others, could you tell me what is going to go in there. The building is repainted black and red. The picket fence out front is also painted black. Also, could you give me a little history about this building. It has been there for as long as I can remember. Incidentally, I wish Mr. Mom's would come back — what a great little casual restaurant.
— Marie Corey, Naples
Q: I noticed some renovating at Sweet Mama’s that recently closed on the East Trail. Is there going to be another restaurant opening there?
— R. Bulat, Naples
A: Cloyde Pate soon will be back in a comfortable place at Scallywags Steak and Burger House, a new restaurant he plans to open this month at that East Naples location, 3560 U.S. 41 E.
Pate admits to being restless since he “retired” about three years ago after selling Cloyde’s Steak & Lobster House, the restaurant he owned for more than 20 years at the Village on Venetian Bay and which still carries his name under new ownership.
The 87-year-old patriarch of a family of local restaurateurs was itching to operate his own place again. The business has been a way of life for him for more than 40 years from the The Veranda in Fort Myers to Pate’s Marker 4 in Naples, as well as Pate’s Piccadilly Pub, Catch 22, Caddyshack, and Corks Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
Since selling Cloyde’s, he has lent a hand to sons Stanly and Eric, who respectively operated the short-lived Pate’s House of Prime Rib and Eric Pate’s Backstreet Bar & Grill in Naples. While both continue to manage other local restaurants, their old man was keeping his eye out for the right place to get back in the game.
“It’s unbelievable the stuff he’s been able to do opening this restaurant,” said Nate Pate, Cloyde’s youngest son, who will man the kitchen at the new restaurant.
Until closing at the end of August, Sweet Mama's Island Cuisine operated for more than two years in the former longtime home of Mr. Mom's Diner, across the street from the Sonic drive-in in Naples Towne Centre. The little brick building on the East Trail has been various restaurants for about 40 years.
Originally home to Bernice’s Barbecue many years ago, the location was vacant for a long time after Bernice’s closed. Restaurateur Shade Jones later opened the diner Mom & Pops there, in honor of his parents, but he later changed the name to Mr. Mom’s Breakfast & Barbecue. When John and Leanne Farmosa took it over in 2002, the name became Mr. Mom's Diner until it closed in early 2010.
Unlike most of the former eateries at that location, Scallywags will not be serving breakfast. The lunch-dinner venue will focus on the steaks and seafood best associated with the Pates, and burgers are going to be the “real deal,” Cloyde Pate said.
“The menu will have classic burgers and char-broiled steak,” he said. “We’ve always been a steakhouse, so we still have that, as well as burgers, salads and sandwiches.”
Scallywags’ house dressing will be a citrus vinaigrette that has been popular in the past, and a menu item of oysters with scampi butter and cheese and scallions done on the grill is expected to be a hit, Nate Pate said.
“We’ll have grilled oysters, fresh seafood, great salads for lunch and dinner, and a lighter fare menu for dinner,” he said.
The full-service, casual restaurant will seat about 60 diners indoors and offer beer and wine. The Pates expect to open Scallywags in about two or three weeks.
Doc's Pizza House on hold
Q: Can you tell me what’s going on with the opening of Doc’s Pizza carry-out on Bonita Beach Road?
— Bev Czachor, Bonita Springs
A: Doc's Pizza House remains in a holding pattern.
Earlier this year, the plan was to open Doc's Pizza House in November, or at least before the next season started, but those plans have been shelved, said Lou Bangert, general manager of both the longtime Doc’s Beach House and the future Doc’s Pizza.
Actually, the initial idea was to open the new pizzeria in the fall of 2011, but the reason it was delayed then is the same reason now: a lagging economy, Bangert said.
“The economy is bad. We are just taking our time. We are in no hurry,” he said. “We are going to slowly work on it during the next year to get it up and running next year.”
Expect the pizzeria to open in November 2013 in the former real estate office at 4575 Bonita Beach Road in North Naples on the Collier-Lee county line.
Doc’s Pizza House will be mostly a to-go venue. Boaters will have easy access to the pizzeria and bar, which has its own dock space on a canal which runs parallel to Bonita Beach Road and connects to Little Hickory Bay.
The popular Doc’s Beach House has been operating about a mile away on Bonita Beach for more than 20 years.
More local restaurant news
■ Frozen Yogurt Cloud opened Oct. 5 near Moe’s Southwest Grill and Truly Organic Pizza in the Granada Shoppes on the southeast corner of Immokalee Road and U.S. 41 in North Naples. The new self-serve frozen yogurt shop is independently owned by Wendy Scippa, who plans to frequently change out the flavors of yogurt and sorbet as well as the toppings so that there is always something new to experience.
“I have that flexibility that others do not,” she said. “I would not be able to do that if I was a franchise. It makes a difference.”
The variety of soft-serve desserts may be topped by at least 15 different dry items, such as whole pieces of popular candy bars, as well as fresh fruits, cookie dough bites and Ghirardelli chocolate sauce and caramel sauce.
The family owned business includes tables and booths inside, as well as a few tables outside. The cool creations can even be pre-packaged to go, if not eating there.
Frozen Yogurt Cloud opens at noon daily and closes at 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 p.m. Sunday.
■ L'Appetito III Pizza and Deli opened Oct. 22 in Mission Hills Plaza, the Sweetbay shopping center at 7550 Mission Hills Drive on the northwest corner of Vanderbilt Beach Road and Collier Boulevard.
The third location for the local family-owned restaurant is in the former space of Portofino Pizza. In addition to dine-in and take out, the new pizzeria delivers every day. L'Appetito III is open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. (239) 348-7290.
■ Capers Kitchen & Bar opened Oct. 29 in the former North Naples location of Sam Snead’s Tavern in the Naples Walk shopping center, 2460 Vanderbilt Beach Drive. Capers features a large lounge area and creative menus of American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including a selection of gluten-free options. The new local restaurant features a 10 percent discount off the food tab for any diner showing a driver license with a Collier County address. Capers is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 239-431-7438.
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■ The Chapel Grill opened Monday at 811 Seventh Ave. S., across from Cambier Park and next to Naples City Hall in the former First Baptist Church. The casual dining spot specializes in fresh local seafood and specialty steaks, and sports a full bar, indoor and outdoor seating, and valet parking.
The new local restaurant features Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but otherwise is open for dinner only starting at 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Chapel Tavern is open for cocktails and light food offerings beginning at 4 p.m. weekdays and until 2 a.m. weekends. 239-206-4310.
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