Q: Anything more on Buffalo Wild Wings in East Naples?
— Brady Cohen, East Naples
Q: How about an update on Naples’ BW3 opening date?
— Brian B., East Naples
A: The official hangout of March Madness plans to have its first Collier County location open this weekend for Round 2 games in the NCAA tournament bracket.
If its certificate of occupancy is issued this week as anticipated, expect Buffalo Wild Wings to open Sunday in Courthouse Shadows shopping center in East Naples, said local franchisee Jim Bruno, a Marco Island resident.
Fifty televisions – ranging from 51 inches to a 110-inch projection screen – have transformed the former Blockbuster store into the latest sports bar.
“We have all the latest and greatest equipment we’ve ever tested,” Bruno said.
The national chain’s newest restaurant and bar seats 278 in its nearly 6,000-square-foot venue, located where the southern end of Airport-Pulling Road meets U.S. 41 East. A patio out front, which eventually will be covered with a canopy, has space for 40 patrons, Bruno said.
The location of the new B-Dubs, a nickname for the popular chain, will be open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily, but possibly close earlier on Sundays.
Originally called Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck – from which the abbreviation BW3 stems – the centerpiece of its menu is its namesake Buffalo, N.Y.-style chicken wings with 18 signature sauces. Some of the sauces, in order of spiciness, include sweet barbecue, teriyaki, parmesan garlic, Asian zing, Caribbean jerk, mango habanero, and Blazin.’
In addition to wings, the menu includes burgers, ribs, flatbreads, wraps, sandwiches, and salads. Each B-Dubs location features a combination bar and casual dining atmosphere with an entertainment/audio-visual package.
More local restaurant news
■ Maria D’anna Cafe opened in January in Trinity Plaza on the corner of Ninth Street North and Third Avenue North in Naples. It’s the former end-cap location of Simply Cupcakes, which closed last May, and also previously was home to Jane’s Cafe and Fannie’s.
The new cafe’s regularly changing menu offers breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner items prepared with local ingredients. Beverage selections include beer, wine and Champagne, as well as cappuccino, espresso shots and teapots.
Choose from seafood dinner entrees such as grouper, mussels and Great Lakes walleye, as well as meat entrees such as veal and pork stuffed cabbage rolls, Hungarian beef goulash and ginger and nut encrusted chicken. Brunch items include waffles, parfaits, shrimp and grits, quiches, soups, chili, salads and sandwiches.
Maria D’anna, 300 U.S. 41 N., is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 239-263-6892 for reservations.
■ Patinella’s Chicken Grill is expected to open in two to four months in the former location of China Express, next to Mangino’s Pizzeria in Pipers Crossing shopping center on Immokalee Road at Airport-Pulling Road in North Naples. The fast-casual restaurant serves a variety of grilled chicken and rice bowls, gyros, soups, salads, hot and cold sides, and desserts.
Patinella’s only other location is in the Shoppes at Plantation Drive, off Daniels Parkway in south Fort Myers, but founder Shelly Patinella is marketing his franchise concept nationwide. He intends to open 10 to 12 chicken grills in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties, including four in Naples and one each in Bonita Springs and Estero.
“I think it is going to go pretty fast once we get rolling here,” he said. “We are excited about coming to Naples. We have been doing a lot of catering there already. There are a lot of good places there to expand.”
Patinella plans another location to open this summer on the corner of College Parkway and Winkler Avenue in Fort Myers about the same time as North Naples.
■ Salado Pedros Veracruz Cantina and Tequila Bar is coming this summer to Gulf Coast Town Center. The locally owned restaurant will offer authentic Mexican dishes and live entertainment, said Ashleigh Henry, a spokeswoman for the regional mall in south Lee County. The new venue is expected to open in late summer on Main Street in the former corner location of Lane Bryant, across from Keys Bar & Grill, Henry said.
■ Gallo Fino Cafe closed in February after operating for about a year in Trinity Plaza at Third Avenue North and U.S. 41 in downtown Naples. The Cuban sandwich shop opened in March 2012 in the former location of Leoni’s Pizza at 318 Ninth St. N.
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