Q: I have heard that the Sam Snead restaurant in North Naples is going to reopen later this month. Do you know if this is correct? Thanks.
— Maryann Wiggin, Naples
A: A new restaurant and bar is opening in that Naples Walk location, but it’s not Sam Snead’s Tavern.
Capers Kitchen & Bar plans to open within the next month at 2460 Vanderbilt Beach Road, the 4,800-square-foot space that was Sam Snead’s Tavern for more than 12 years, and briefly Naples Taproom & Grille before closing in March.
Owner Garry Anderson, a restaurateur in Maryland for more than 30 years, plans to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week in the new local restaurant, as well as provide a place to relax in Capers’ large lounge area.
“It’s going to be neighborhood watering hole and a fun place to hang out,” he said.
Since relocating to Naples three years ago, Anderson visited a lot of venues before finding what he thinks is the right location to open his local’s spot. “I can’t tell you how many places I’ve looked at,” he said.
Anderson settled on the North Naples area, which he feels is stable enough with local residents to sustain his business through the off season. To show his gratitude to locals, he plans to discount 10 percent off the food bills of anyone who comes in with their Collier County’s driver license.
An independent entrepreneur with a genuine passion for the restaurant business, Anderson did his homework and intensely analyzed the local market before jumping in. Although he said he came here for a change, he ended up choosing a familiar concept where he has found success.
“What was missing in Naples is really what we were doing up North,” he said.
Although he describes his concept as creative American cuisine done with a special flair, he basically is just trying to appeal to people with a good product at a reasonable price.
Capers probably will build upon an initial scaled-down menu, Anderson said. His goal is to eventually offer components to satisfy everybody’s needs.
“We are going to do the best we can to satisfy them,” he said.
It starts with a breakfast he says is over the top, including bread, muffins and scones baked in house, crab cake Benedict, and fresh smoothies. Later in the day, enjoy items such as jumbo shrimp topped with crab cakes and baked. The wine list will include about 25 to 30 bottles, most of which will be offered by the glass.
Capers will employ about 50 people, two-thirds of whom will work full-time, Anderson said. The restaurant is targeted to open as early as this month.
“We’re really looking at Oct. 29 or thereabouts, the end of October or beginning of November,” he said.
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Empire Bagel Factory of Naples
Q: Did the Empire Bagel on U.S. 41 change owners?
— Tim Rudd, Naples
A: Yes. Carol Flanigan, former owner of Fifth Avenue Coffee Co., purchased the East Naples location for Empire Bagel Factory on Sept. 1.
Founder Amy Wojcik sold her second location, but she plans to continue to supply the shop daily from her original location.
“She's still baking the bagels in Marco Island,” Flanigan said. “They’re the same really good bagels.”
Wojcik has operated Empire Bagel Factory on Marco for more than four years. Since the second location opened across from Naples Towne Centre in April 2011, the bagels have been baked fresh daily in her kitchen off Collier Boulevard and delivered to the East Naples store about 15 miles away. That is not changing, nor is the name of the new business.
Both locations feature more than 15 different kinds of bagels — from plain to everything — and eight different flavors of cream cheese. The difference between the two stores now is that Flanigan plans to beef up her location’s menu with the addition of more sandwiches, paninis, salads, muffins and other pastries, she said.
Up until now, sandwich options basically have been Boar's Head lunch meats and cheeses on a choice of a bagel or freshly baked kaiser rolls. Other sandwiches include tuna salad, chicken salad and bacon, lettuce and tomato.
Flanigan said she already has added pastries, paninis and Cuban sandwiches to the existing lineup.
“We’re working on a whole new menu,” she said.
The hours for the East Naples store will change, too. Open now 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Flanigan plans to stay open until 3 p.m. soon, and is now open Sundays.
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