October 2, 2014

New Season HOT LIST

What's new and hot in dining, retail and culture

Cookies from Le Macaron, which has opened a new store at Mercato.

Cookies from Le Macaron, which has opened a new store at Mercato.

Vanessa Rogers

DINING

 

Recent openings:

COLLIER COUNTY

Black Forest Mill Restaurant, 2366 Immokalee Road, Naples, (239) 592-4784. German

Café Chic, The Village on Venetian Bay, 4350 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples, (239) 643-0004; 635 Eighth St. S., Naples, (239) 529-2195, thecafechic.com. French bakery

Culver’s, 5775 Airport-Pulling Road N., Naples, (239) 596-4640, culvers.com. Burgers

Delicious Raw, 821 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, (239) 430-6555, delraw.com. Juice bar

Grouper Grille Seafood, 2075 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, (239) 963-2058. groupergrilleseafood.com. Casual seafood

Le Macaron, Mercato, 9115 Strada Place, Naples, (239) 260-7066, lemacaron-us/com. French macarons

Manzanillo’s Cocina Mexicana, 13240 U.S. 41 N., Naples, (239) 260-7635. Mexican

Marco Prime Steaks &Seafood, 599 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, (239) 389-2333, facebook.com/marcoprimeseafoodandgrille. Asian- and French-infused steakhouse

Mereday’s Fine Dining, 1500 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, (239) 732- 0784, meredaysnaples.com. Contemporary American

Petit Soleil, Shops of Olde Marco, 210 Royal Palm Drive, Marco Island, (239) 970-6072, bistrosoleil.net. French-inspired breakfast and lunch

Pho Dai Loc, 11985 Collier Blvd. N., Golden Gate City, (239) 354-9141. Vietnamese

Pizza Fusion, 2146 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, (239) 262-8111, pizzafusion.com/naples. Organic pizza, salads and sandwiches

Restaurant Bonjour, 2099 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, (239) 566-2275, restaurantbonjour.com. French

Saladworks, 11180 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, (239) 213-2227, saladworks.com. Fresh, low-calorie salads

Second Cup, Mercato, 9106 Strada Place, Naples, (239) 653-9072, mysecondcup.com. Coffee, tea and baked goods

Tacos & Tequila Cantina, 4834 Davis Blvd., Naples, (239) 732-8226, tacosandtequilanaples. com. Tex-Mex

TAPS Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, Mercato, 9108 Strada Place, Naples, (239) 598-5000, tapswineandbeer.com. Tapas, beer and wine

Thai Udon Café, 5926 Premier Way, Suite 116, Naples, (239) 596-7331, thaiudoncafe.com. Thai and Japanese

FOOD FAD: THE SURPRISE FACTOR

Two new ventures are promising a fresh take on the dining experience. Crave Culinaire, headed by Chef Brian Roland, has introduced an Underground Pop-Up Series in which participating diners don’t learn what—or where—they’re eating until 48 hours beforehand. And with Thirteen Dozen, Maria d’ Anna Café Executive Chef Ryan Flood is dishing up a six-course communal meal for 13 diners 12 evenings a month, with rotating venues and ever-changing themes. Guests have to trust his creativity—he reveals each course only as he’s serving it (think fresh, local fare like Everglades gator and star fruit gazpacho). From hand-selected seasonal ingredients to carefully crafted seating charts to menus planned according to individual dietary restrictions, Flood is redefining customer service in a virtually one-man show. He gives us the scoop:

Explain the concept behind Thirteen Dozen. It’s entertainment dining; it’s a chefs table. It’s without Dom Pérignon and fluffed feathers. It’s not about that—it’s just about the product. … I just wanted to take some time for myself and cook people the things that I love.

What sets it apart from a traditional restaurant? Basically, you flip a restaurant that closes at 4 and start at 6:30. And you’re sitting with people that you don’t know, No. 1, so that makes it unique. … It’s very private, different. I deliver the food, I take away the plates, I pour every glass of wine, I explain every single thing you’re eating.

Why 13? After 13 it gets a little overwhelming for one person to organize everything. When I get more comfortable, I’ll extend the table. … I haven’t myself sat at a table of 13 like that before—I’ve never seen that before.

Can you divulge any upcoming themes? An Elvis party, with Elvis food. In order to get a ticket, you have to buy an Elvis cookbook.

craveculinaire.com, thirteendozenbyflood.blogspot.com

 

LEE COUNTY

Big Block Sub Shop, 27792 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, (239) 949-9455, bigblocksubshop.webs.com. Subs and salads

Broadway Factory, 1514 Broadway, Suite 101, Fort Myers, (239) 326-2079, yogurtandchocolate.com. Frozen yogurt and artisan chocolate

Cabana Burger Bar & Sports Café, 15880 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers, (239) 362-3605, facebook.com/cabanafortmyers. Gourmet burgers

Ceno Grille, 1715 Cape Coral Parkway W., Cape Coral, (239) 549-2366. Mediterranean

Dante’s Coal Fired Pizza, 900 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, (239) 800-2112, dantescoalfiredpizza.com. Italian

Heavenly Hoagies, 1419 SE 47th Terrace, Cape Coral, (239) 541-0314. Hoagies, soup, salad and dessert

La Casita Dulce, 3913 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, (239) 243-0426. Dominican desserts and sandwiches

La Morenita Mexican Restaurant, 19630 S. Tamiami Trail, San Carlos Park, (239) 590-9999. Mexican

Lil’ Italy Bistro, 28811 U.S. 41 S., Bonita Springs, (239) 676-8047, facebook.com/lilitalybistro. Italian

Restoratives Café, 20461 S. Tamiami Trail, Estero, (239) 949-6715, restorativescafe.com. Gourmet soups and sandwiches

The Rolling Stone Libation Co., 1175 Homestead Road N., Lehigh Acres, (239) 369-7625, facebook.com/larollingstone. Tapas and beverages

Salado Pedro’s, Gulf Coast Town Center, (239) 314-8226, saladopedros.com. Veracruz-style cantina and tequila bar

Sunny’s for Breakfast and Lunch, 16520 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 122, Fort Myers, (239) 288-6049. Diner

 

TREND: DESTINATION: LEE COUNTY

Lee County is proving quite the sweet spot for restaurants looking to expand their brand.

Since last season’s end, Skip One in Fort Myers gained an upscale sister restaurant on Fort Myers beach, Skip One Seafood Restaurant Beach; Fort Myers’ Blue Coyote announced it was adding Blue Coyote Supper Club Sanibel; and Bokeelia’s Red’s Fresh Seafood House & Tavern expanded into Cape Coral. From Naples, Truly Organic Pizza branched out to FGCU and Bokamper’s Sports Bar and Grill lined up for Coconut Point. Naples’ Komoon Thai added a second, much larger location, on the northwest corner of U.S. 41 and Bonita Beach Road.

“When we heard about the restaurant that was for sale in Bonita, we kind of jumped at the chance,” says Komoon co-owner Paul Adrianzen, citing centralized location and beachgoer traffic. “It’s perfect. It’s very easy to tell people how to get there. … It just seems more fun, like a younger crowd, whereas in Naples we’re used to a certain crowd. It seems like people appreciate the diversity of our menu.”

Kearns Restaurant Group, headed by Daniel P. Kearns, is certainly leading the Lee County pack with The Firestone, Los Cabos Cantina and a growing number of Ford’s Garage locations. Ford’s expanded beyond its downtown Fort Myers spot to Cape Coral in July, opened in Miromar Outlets this fall and will add a spinoff location called Ford’s Boat House at the Cape Coral Yacht Club as early as December. Co-owner Zak Kearns says they enjoy success from Lee’s college, visitor and shopping markets.

“It seemed like a natural progression for us,” he says. “Lee County is really looking for that fun and exciting, entertaining place to go for dining.”

skiponeseafoodrestaurant.com, bluecoyoteclub.com, redsfreshseafood.com, trulyorganicpizza.com, bokampers.com, komoonthai.com, fordsgaragefl.com

 

Still to come:

Fall 2013: Alcarbon, Naples. Peruvian rotisserie chicken; Monarca’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine Bar & Grill, 1604 SE 46th St., Cape Coral. Mexican

December 2013: AVENUE5, 699 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, innonfifth.com. Contemporary American

Early 2014: Cavo, Mercato, 9108 Strada Place, Naples. High-end tapas; Flo’s Clam Shack, 675 Ninth St. N., Naples. Seafood; Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern, Mercato, 99110 Strada Place, Naples, myrustybucket.com. American

Spring 2014: Sloan’s Ice Cream, Fifth Avenue South, Naples, sloansicecream.com. Ice cream

 

Moves and more:

Burgerque, 3852 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, (239) 277-5700, burgerque.com, added a beer garden. At press time, Café Luna expected to open a second location this fall in place of Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar at 4270 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, cafelunanaples.com. Joey D’s Italian Restaurant opened a second location at 12975 Collier Blvd., Naples, (239) 529-6131, joeydsnaples.com. Oakes Farm Market, 2205 Davis Blvd., Naples, (239) 732-0144, oakesfarms.com, plansto open its two-story addition by Dec. 1. Origami moved to 8911 Daniels Parkway, Suite 5, Fort Myers, (239) 482-2126, sushiorigami.com. One Pelican Larry’s and two Uptown Larry’s locations are now Rusty’s Raw Bar and Grill: 2700 Immokalee Road, Naples, (239) 597-5013; 16520 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, (239) 437-1870; 20041 S. Tamiami Trail, Estero, (239) 390-0123; rustysrawbarandgrill.com. Cloyde’s Steak & Lobster House is now T-Michaels Steak and Lobster, The Village on Venetian Bay, 4050 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., (239) 261-0622, t-michaels.com. Uncle Louie G’s Italian Ices & Ice Cream closed on Fifth Avenue South and opened at 7385 Radio Road, Naples, (239)-455-0664, unclelouiegee.com. Whisk! Treats and Eats re-opened at a new location: 935 Third Ave. N., Naples, (239) 263-3707, whisktreats.com.

 

—Cayla Stanley

 

 

 

Find great deals at the new Kate Spade outlet at Miromar Outlets in Estero.

RETAIL

 

COLLIER COUNTY

Boston Proper

690 Fifth Ave. S., Naples

330-3840, bostonproper.com

The upscale women’s retailer, an extension of the Chico’s brand, is glamorous from front to back and features stylish silhouettes for women who are unafraid of being noticed.

Cape Madras

779 Fifth Ave. S., Naples

529-2176, capemadras.com

A preppy, New England sense of style and color in charming sportswear for women.

Guess-Fisher Gallery “Nestled in the Cove”

1187-1 Eighth St. S., Crayton Cove, Naples

659-2787

At the former site of the Vallez Studio Gallery, a cozy offshoot of the nearby Guess-Fisher Gallery prominently features the works of local artists.

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa (opening in December)

10105 Strada Place, Mercato, Naples

handandstone.com

A full-service spa offering expert massages, facials, hair removal and more.

Lilly Pulitzer

5415 Tamiami Trail N., Waterside Shops, Naples

888-PB-LILLY, lillypulitzer.com

The originator of sorority brunch wear officially brings its signature pastel prints and style to Naples.

Nordstrom Rack

9100 Strada Place, Mercato, Naples

shop.nordstrom.com/c/nordstrom-rack

Everything you love about the luxury department store but with prices that take the guilt out of shopping. Keep your fingers crossed that they have your size in stock.

Paradise Furnishings

661 Ninth St. N., Naples

263-3761

Unique elements for the home: featuring furniture, accessories and lighting chosen with a designer’s eye.

Pop Toy Co.

2367 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 806, Naples

260-7932, poptoyco.com

This family-owned toy store features a unique variety sure to delight everyone from the casual shopper to the serious collector; from ride-on fire trucks to baby dolls so realistic you could sign them up for Pre-K.

Sara Campbell Boutique

1300 Third St. S., Suite 103B, Naples

331-2953, saracampbellwebsite.com

Women’s clothing boutique dedicated to made-in-America fashions in luxurious fabrics in both timeless and on-trend styles.

Tracy Negoshian/Castaway

694 Fifth Ave. S., Naples

tracynegoshian.com

A melding of two well-known casual lifestyle brands—one men’s, one women’s—into their very first flagship store. Castaway is inspired by styles of Nantucket Island, while Tracy Negoshian uses vivid colors and memorable prints for her full line of women’s clothing.

Designer Gary Shanabarger is on the move to a new space on Taylor Road.

MOVERS ARE SHAKERS

As any Realtor will tell you, it’s all about location, location, location.

And to that end, it’s been a season of movin’ on up (or over, as the case may be) for several area retailers looking to boost revenue and foot traffic. Marilyn’s, the venerable European fashion boutique and Naples mainstay, is moving a few doors down the street to 375 Fifth Ave. S.— to take advantage of three times more retail space. East Indies Home, which has been in Naples for more than 15 years, is moving into the former Capital Bank building at 9465 Tamiami Trail N., across from Whole Foods. They’ll go from their current 5,000 square feet to more than 12,000 with two stories. Pretty Woman fashion and accessories boutique moved from its Airport-Pulling Road location to its new home at 9123 Strada Place, Suite 7110, in Mercato. Designer Gary Shanabarger of Edward Gary Design moved from shared space with jeweler Shannon Green on Ninth Street South to new digs at 5405 Taylor Road, Suite 6, in Naples. Joseph’s Custom Clothier moved from its Naples Bay Resort location to 400 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 100. And Silver Eagle moved a bit further east by sliding over to 850 Fifth Ave. S.

 

LEE COUNTY

Boston Proper

23150 Fashion Drive, Suite 101, Coconut Point, Estero

948-1138, bostonproper.com

Dunkin’s Diamonds

10801 Corkscrew Road, Suite 309, Miromar Outlets, Estero

949-8668, dunkinsdiamonds.com

The direct diamond importer has the bling you need to make any occasion special.

GlowGolf

10037 Gulf Center Drive, Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers, 437-0352

8024 Mediterranean Drive, Suite 103, Coconut Point, Estero, 949-4136

 If everything is better in the dark, that must include miniature golf. The national chain of luminescent indoor mini golf courses makes getting a ball in the mouth of a clown exceptionally difficult—and satisfying.

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa (opening in December)

23181 Village Shops Way, Suite 101, Coconut Point, Estero

handandstone.com

Kate Spade New York

10801 Corkscrew Road, Suite 178, Miromar Outlets, Estero

498-2001, katespade.com

The iconic designer brings her line of stylish and sensible handbags and accessories to Southwest Florida’s outlet mecca.

My Match Doctor

8891 Brighton Lane, Bonita Springs

(941) 350-6084, mymatchdoctor.com

Looking for love? Debra L’Heuruex works with people one-on-one to find their perfect match.

Pink

23106 Fashion Drive, Coconut Point, Estero

949-3102, victoriassecret.com/pink

Victoria’s Secret’s youth-oriented line of lingerie and sportswear has grown up to have its own space.

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

14181 Tamiami Trail S., Suite 140, Fort Myers

313-5448, skyzone.com/fortmyers

If there are times you feel like you are going to bounce off the walls, you might just want to head over to Southwest Florida’s first indoor all-trampoline playing surface. There’s open jump time, 3-D dodgeball and SkyRobics fitness classes, and you don’t need to be a kid to participate.

Spice Merchants

23101 Fashion Drive, Coconut Point, Estero

949-1157

From healing salts and teas to coffee, soups and chocolates, you’ll think you’re Vasco da Gama returning from the Spice Islands.

 

BOSTON PROPER MAKES YOU FEEL AT HOME

Though we’re accustomed to high-end boutiques catering to our every whim and bathing us in luxurious surroundings to win our business, some stores are thinking outside of the box to make us feel comfortable—and, in turn, help us open our wallets. No, we’re not talking about libations (although they’re always welcome); we’re talking about the trend to display clothing as though it was already hanging in your closet. Boston Proper, which recently opened two stores in Southwest Florida, actually went to customers’ homes in New England and looked at how they keep their sartorial treasures. That info led them to design specific “closets” within the stores that feature go-to outfits along with matching shoes and accessories. Apparently it helps shoppers easily visualize the ensemble and, not surprisingly, make them want to buy a few more shoes and bags. When you walk in, you’ll be surprised that so many Boston Proper customers appear to hang their clothes in one of Cher’s Oscar headdresses.

 

— Michael Korb

 

 

 

Clyde Butcher's exhibition of Cuba photography is one of our Must See events of the coming season.

CULTURE

New Baton on the Block

To anyone who saw him conduct the Naples Philharmonic in January, there was little doubt Andrey Boreyko was a natural with the baton. So it was quite a coup when Kathleen van Bergen landed him to fill the vacant music director position with the orchestra. Although he won’t start a full slate of performances until the 2014-15 schedule, Boreyko—who also holds the same position with the National Orchestra of Belgium and the Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra—will be in town for a New Year’s Eve show at Artis—Naples. artisnaples.org

Play On, Playhouse

For a long time we have touted—along with national theater folks such as Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal—the great things being done up at the Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers. At the same time, we’ve quietly lamented the lack of a troupe on the same level in Naples. Well, Gulfshore Playhouse is out to change that. After a successful and exciting inaugural new works festival this summer, the company has a fantastic lineup of shows for 2013-14 season, including a world premiere drama—The God Game—about Republican politics that’s sure to strike close to home. gulfshoreplayhouse.org

Star Search

Of all the big names coming to our region this year—Harry Connick Jr., the Indigo Girls, Bonnie Raitt and Kenny G, to name a few—Wynton Marsalis is the one who most excites us. He’s bringing his world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to Artis—Naples for a show that blends holiday favorites and classics from Swing Era giants Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman. The Dec. 18 performance promises to be a classic.

Attack of the Boy Bands

Expect boy bands to be big this season. Not like One Direction, though the grandkids might spend some iTunes gift card money on their concert movie after Christmas. More like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (courtesy of Jersey Boys coming to Artis—Naples in March), and the Sun Records stable (via Million Dollar Quartet at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in April). There’s also the music of Queen (We Will Rock You at the Barbara B. Mann in December) and The Bee Gees (and more, as part of the Disco Days and Boogie Nights pops performance by the Naples Philharmonic in January). artisnaples.org, bbmannpah.com

Performing Arts Centers Pop Up

We are about to enter a golden age for the performing arts in Southwest Florida. Either that or a whole lot of people are about to look pretty silly. Between the myriad performance venues already in place—big (Barbara B. Mann, Germain Arena and Artis—Naples) and smaller (Alliance for the Arts, Sugden Community Theatre, Norris Center)—and the three new complexes on the horizon, there will be little chance of a performing group going homeless soon.

In Bonita Springs, two new ventures are expected to come online in 2014. First, comedy impresario Brien Spina is moving his Off The Hook Comedy Club off Marco Island to a spot on Bonita Beach Road that he’s dubbed the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center. But he’s not just designing the venue to hold comedy fans. His plan is to host all kinds of events from theater to concerts, with seating for up to 1,000 people. Plus, two restaurants and a whole lot more. swflperformingartscenter.com

And then there’s the Center for the Arts Bonita Springs. The organization at first focused on visual art, but has slowly branched out to incorporate film screenings and performances and is about to begin retrofitting the former Living Waters Community Church, less than a half mile west of Capt. Brien’s new venture. This endeavor will be a little smaller, with seating for about 400, but has a similar mission of being a home base for some local performing groups as well as a stop on the road for state and national acts. artcenterbonita.org

Finally, and still a long way off, the Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center got a boost this summer when it announced a deal to build the center on property near the Naples Botanical Garden. Although performances are still a few years off at the earliest, the new venue will add yet another place for the arts to flourish in Southwest Florida. bayshorecapa.org

 

15 THINGS WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Cuba, the Natual Beauty: Photography by Clyde Butcher, through Jan. 15 at the Collier County Museum

Breaking Through with Color: Artists Reveal the Power of Color, a national juried exhibition, Nov. 23-Jan.11 at The von Liebig Art Center.

Sarah Chang with the Naples Philharmonic, Dec. 10 at Artis—Naples

Rescued from the Flames: Soviet-era Socialist Realism Paintings, Dec. 11-Jan.12 at Gallery on Fifth (at Mercato)

John Pizzarelli Quartet, Jan. 24 at BIG Arts

Rediscovering Egypt, The Collection of the Dahesh Museum of Art, opening Jan. 25 at The Baker Museum

Mandy Patinkin, Feb. 3 at Artis—Naples

Clybourne Park, Feb. 14-March 5 by Florida Rep

Once, Feb. 18-23 at Barbara B. Mann

Renee Fleming with the Naples Philharmonic, Feb. 24 at Artis—Naples

War Horse, March 11-16 at Barbara B. Mann

Fort Myers Film Festival, March 19-22 at Barbara B. Mann and Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, March 25 at Artis—Naples

The Barber of Seville, March 29 by Opera Naples at Artis—Naples

Glengarry Glen Ross, April 18-May 3 at Laboratory Theater of Florida

 

 —Jonathan Foerster

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