Almost immediately after hitting the save button on the Oct. 10 roundup of 25 restaurants opening in the area before the end of the year, I learned news about even more local eateries coming soon. I am able to report details about a few, and information on others will come soon.
■ Truly Organic Pizza will open a second location by the end of this month in Coconut Point mall in Estero. Owner Jason Chang, who opened his first USDA-certified, 100-percent organic pizzeria in North Naples earlier this year, will have a location inside Hemingway’s Island Grill, 8001 Plaza del Lago Drive, unit 113, at Coconut Point. TOP’s organic pizza and calzone will replace the Island Grill’s flatbreads on its menu. A plus for the new location is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.
Chang installed a pizza oven in Hemingway’s kitchen, but all the dough, sauces and toppings will be made in North Naples and shipped to the new location, where the dough will be stretched, topped and baked when ordered.
It’s still in the early stages, but steps are being taken to piggyback with another restaurant for a similar joint venture on Marco Island, Chang said.
“If it all works out well, we will have a Marco location by January,” he said.
With the addition of its second location, Truly Organic Pizza now delivers anywhere west of Interstate 75 between Alico Road in Lee County and Golden Gate Parkway in Collier County. For delivery from either, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, call 1-888-311-1999.
■ Gatsby’s Pizza, a local pizzeria that has kept its fans waiting for many months, is expected to finally open any time in its new Bonita Springs location, said Jackie Chapin, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, Greg.
The Chapins started their original Gatsby’s near Columbus, Ohio, in 1977, and opened their first Southwest Florida version nine years ago in North Naples. Soon after relocating to Bonita last fall, a pizzeria partnership fizzled, and Gatsby’s has been homeless for the past year.
The new location in a corner suite of Liberty Bank Plaza, 4450 Bonita Beach Road, is slightly more than a mile west of U.S. 41. Patrons are even pitching in to get the pizzeria back open.
“We have customers coming in and helping us do everything. It is so amazing. We are very blessed,” Chapin said. “A guy came in today and was washing windows. They’ll do anything to get us open. It’s really going to be nice.”
The new, larger venue will have a comfy waiting area, piano bar and outdoor seating. One red wall in the dining area even has a big “O” as a pizza pass-through from the kitchen.
Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. 239-676-5011.
■ Parmesan Pete’s Italian Kitchen is planning to relocate to North Naples during the first week of November after operating for about two years in Bonita Springs. Chef-owner Peter Della Rocca recently closed his original location on Bonita Beach Road to move into the former location of Anthony’s Trattoria in suite 13 of Fountain Park, 7935 Airport-Pulling Road, on the southwest corner of Vanderbilt Beach Road.
While the Bonita location focused on takeout and delivery, the new location will have space for almost four times as many patrons to dine in. Parmesan Pete’s menu will continue to feature the same authentic flavors of homemade, Brooklyn-style Italian fare, although the dine-in menu will include items such as calamari that were not suitable for takeout. The full-service restaurant also will serve beer and wine and include a full pizza menu.
Parmesan Pete’s Italian Kitchen will be open every day, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, and 4:30 to 9 p.m. for dinner. 239-992-3663.
■ Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is set to open Thursday in the Bell Tower Shops, 13499 U.S. 41 S., on the northeast corner of Daniels Parkway. Local franchisee Adam Rodriguez will serve the first 100 customers a free pulled-pork barbecue sandwich.
Since it began in Dallas in 1941, Dickey’s has grown into the country’s largest barbecue franchise, with more than 250 locations in 43 states, including eight in Florida. Dickey’s hickory smokes its meats overnight in a pit in each location, offering beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken, and polish sausage, as well as cole slaw, barbecue beans, potato salad and french fries.
Dickey’s first location in Southwest Florida will be in Bell Tower’s suite 245, the former Mole Hole location, between Cru and Ulta. The eatery will be open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 239-245-9919.
■ The Wine Loft of Naples should be open by Dec. 1 in Mercato, said Sarah Kearney, who will co-own the business with her husband, Michael. The Kearneys plan on opening the wine and tapas bar in late November or early December at 9115 Strada Place, Suite 8150, next to AZN Azian Cuizine and beneath the Silverspot Cinema in the North Naples development.
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■ Tipsy Tarpon Seafood Shack opened Sept. 24 at Miromar Outlets in Estero off Interstate 75 exit 123. The restaurant owned by Wayne Entsminger and Alexandre Alves is in suite 519 across from Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar on the eastern end of the outlet mall.
The casual restaurant, operating with the motto “Where Food and Drink Ease the Mind,” has a 16-foot, 2,000-gallon saltwater aquarium as its centerpiece. The lunch and dinner menu of fresh local and domestic seafood also includes steaks. Tipsy Tarpon is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 239-949-4447.
■ Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches opened Oct. 3 across from the Gulf Coast Town Center in Alico Lakes Village shopping center on the northeast quadrant of I-75 and Alico Road in south Fort Myers. This is the third area Jimmy John’s location owned by Zack Eaton, a 2005 graduate of nearby Florida Gulf Coast University. 239- 437- 4865.
■ Elevation Burger opened the chain’s 30th store and its first in Collier County on Oct. 12 at 6436 Naples Blvd., unit 114, in the former location of Shane’s Rib Shack in North Naples. Burgers are made from USDA-certified organic, grass-fed, free-range beef. It is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. 239-598-3810.
■ The Catch opened Oct. 16 in the newly refurbished restaurant and bar in the Port of the Islands Resort, 25000 U.S. 41 E., south of Collier-Seminole State Park and Route 92 to Goodland. The Catch is reachable by boat via the Faka Union Canal from the Ten Thousand Islands.
The lunch menu, served noon to 3 p.m., features a quartet of traditional sandwiches with unique twists. Couple this with the bar menu, served noon to 9 p.m., featuring appetizers, flatbread pizzas, soups, hamburgers, a prime rib dinner, and fish and chips.
Starting Nov. 1, buffet night will be every Thursday and a fish fry every Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. A welcome party with complimentary food tastings is set for Nov. 10, 5 to 7 p.m., and the Sunday brunch will start Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Catch is open noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. 239-394-3005, ext. 507.
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