Mongello's Restaurant closes in East Naples

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Mongello’s Restaurant, 4221 U.S. 41 E., closed Friday, April 12, 2013, in East Naples, but its owners have plans to open elsewhere in the area this year.

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Mongello’s Restaurant, 4221 U.S. 41 E., closed Friday, April 12, 2013, in East Naples, but its owners have plans to open elsewhere in the area this year.

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— Mongello’s Restaurant closed Friday but its owners have plans to open elsewhere in the area this year.

“We’ll reopen, but probably not before the next two months,” said Marianne Mongello, who started the local restaurant and lounge five years ago with her late husband, Nicolas, and their son, Fred.

Mongello’s, 4221 U.S. 41 E., was located in the former home of KJ’s Tropical Palm Cafe in Lakewood Plaza, a 30-year-old retail center on the corner of the East Trail and Lakewood Boulevard in East Naples. The 25,000-square-foot strip shopping center and its more than 2 acres that wrap around the new Taco Bell on that corner are listed for sale for about $5.4 million.

“It’s just that we don’t want to be here anymore,” Marianne Mongello said Friday. “We made this as a business decision.”

Jebry performs at Mongello's Restaurant in East Naples on Monday Oct. 29, 2012.

Photo by WILLIAM DESHAZER, Naples Daily News // Buy this photo

Jebry performs at Mongello's Restaurant in East Naples on Monday Oct. 29, 2012.

The family owned restaurant, which was marketed as “Steak and seafood with an Italian touch” and featured live entertainment nightly, invited its regular customers to a party held Thursday night.

“This came as a surprise to all who worked at Mongello’s and loved our Mondays. We had a wonderful time there, and we were treated very nicely,” emailed Judith Elenore Branch, best known as Jebry, the leader of Jebry’s Jazz Jam which performed every Monday night at Mongello’s.

The Mongellos relocated from New Jersey five years ago to fulfill their dream of operating a restaurant. Their restaurant is licensed under the name Il Mio Sogno LLC, which means “My Dream” in Italian.

Nick Mongello, who died in February 2010, was a trial attorney for 35 years in his own law firm, and Marianne was the owner of five radiological imaging centers.

Marianne Mongello said she has a new location for her restaurant, but she is not ready to reveal it, although it most likely will remain in East Naples.

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OldMarcoMan writes:

is this part of OUR BEST YEAR EVER ! ?

I wonder who is the liar, Government or another business closing its doors ??

marco97 writes:

Wait and see the restaurants on Marco that are going to close now that season is over.

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