'January After Five': Marco Chamber holds ribbon cutting at Petit Soleil

LIsa and Denis Meurgue, center right, pose for the ceremonial grand opening, with chamber president Nancy Carrington, center in blue. The Chamber of Commerce convened at Petit Soliel in the Shops of Olde Marco Wednesday evening for an 'After Five' and 'ribbon cutting.' Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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LIsa and Denis Meurgue, center right, pose for the ceremonial grand opening, with chamber president Nancy Carrington, center in blue. The Chamber of Commerce convened at Petit Soliel in the Shops of Olde Marco Wednesday evening for an 'After Five' and 'ribbon cutting.' Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

— For the first “After Five” of the new year, and the last of chamber president Nancy Carrington’s tenure, the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce met at Petit Soleil in the Shops of Olde Marco. The chamber held a “ribbon cutting” for this seven-days-a-week breakfast and lunch bistro, launched by Denis and Lisa Meurgue to fill the idle hours left them between operating the nearby Bistro Soleil, and manning their booth at the Farmers’ Market on Wednesday.

“We didn’t have enough to do,” joked Lisa Meurgue, moving briskly around to make sure everything was in place at the buffet, “and we have three daughters to educate and marry off.” As is customary with chamber ribbon cuttings on the island, no actual ribbons were harmed by the ceremonial wooden scissors.

The guests crowded around the big central granite counter inside the café, with the characteristic uneven, rough-hewn wooden flooring and walls of the Olde Marco shops, talking, nibbling, and applauding Carrington for her tenure as president, which included signing up 60 new chamber members. Incoming chamber president Jacque Koon, who takes office Feb. 1, said she has big plans, and is already meeting with her slate of officers.

“We love this area, and an opportunity presented itself when this space became available,” said Lisa Meurgue of Petit Soleil. “This area is Marco’s hidden gem. It’s hard to find, but easy to remember once you do.”

For breakfast, her favorite item is the eggs Benedict.

“Denis smokes the salmon, and we also do it veggie.” As a lunch suggestion, Lisa mentioned the hamburger on a baguette “In France, they call it an ‘Américain.’ ”

Petit Soleil is open every day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 210 Royal Palm Drive. For more information, call 239-970-6072 or go online to www.bistrosoleil.net.

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