Summer series: The Speakeasy of Marco


Like many local restaurants and businesses, The Speak Easy of Marco reports a solid season just gone by. But, like the other establishments, summer time doesn't mean slack off time. It's business as usual, but this time with an eye more on the locals and wooing them with deals

The restaurant, which tapped into the now-romantic tradition of Prohibition-era eateries and watering holes, and threw open its doors just on seven months ago, is all about specials this summer.

Manager Cindy Marotta said the highlight is the aptly-named and daily summer special, which offers two entrees and a bottle of wine along with a salad for $29,99. Entrees include chicken Parmesan, braised short ribs and blackened tilapia, for example.

Each Wednesday, Marotta said, the Speak Easy offers twin main lobster tails for $24,99; on Saturday evenings barbecue baby back ribs (half rack, $14,95 and full rack $19,95); while an everyday special is 20 percent of lunch bills (including alcohol).

"We have a mixed crowd, and we think they enjoy it here," said Marotta, pointing out that executive chef Selem Lake – who's been in the kitchen since day one – is very much a part of the package.

"He has such a passion for cooking food. It's pride," she said.

The Speak Easy of Marco is tucked away in Chamber of Commerce Plaza on North Collier Boulevard, and it has an appropriate Speakeasy atmosphere — what with inoperative Tommy Guns and skyline photos of the Windy City on a couple of the walls — but it also opens up into a breezy outdoor section with a water view.

Owners Jimmy Boylan, along with Tim McCoy, Dan Collardy and Eric Sandberg, liked the location (it formerly housed the Captain's Corner restaurant from 1982-1996) so they went ahead with some extensive renovations, settled on the name suggested by Bolan, and opened up October last year.

Speakeasy hours are 11 a.m. until around 10 p.m.

If you go

The Speakeasy of Marco Island, 11061/2 N. Collier Blvd., call 970-2929, go to