The Dish: While You Were Away
Villa Capri Closes; Annie B’s Opens
In June, Villa Capri, at 8501 Placida Road in Cape Haze, closed its doors. The location had been home to a variety of Italian restaurants, including Jams and Trattoria 13, for decades. Now, you’ll find Annie B’s Beef N Booze in that location. The menu focuses on steaks and seafood, including crab cakes, no surprise since new owner Denny Workman is a Maryland native, Head chef is Mike Keser, formerly of the Crow’s Nest in Venice.
Annie B’s is open weekdays from 11 am to 9 pm and Saturdays from 2 to 9 pm. 941-828-1073.
Blossom’s Takes Over for Bay Pointe Grill
Blossom’s Family Restaurant opened in June at the site of the former Bay Pointe Grill at 3502 N. Access Road. The restaurant offers a large and varied menu, serving everything from pizza omelets to pasta, seven days a week, a Sunday breakfast buffet, wine and beer, and discounts to police and firefighters in uniform. Blossom’s also has a drive-up window and weekend delivery. Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 7 am to 2 pm, Friday and Saturday, 7 am to 8 pm. 941-208-2855.
Keep on Truckin’
Englewood also welcomed two new food trucks in the off-season. The Maine Menu specializes in, you guessed it, lobster rolls. Co-owner Garrett Crowley is from Brunswick, ME, and promises ¼ pound of lobster in every roll which you can get Maine (cold with mayonnaise) or Connecticut (warm with butter) style. Rolls are made daily at Simply Yum Yum bakery in Englewood. The Maine Menu also offers three flavors of Whoopie Pies.
Maine Menu is located at 348 West Dearborn Street at the site of the Farmer’s Market and is open 9 am to 4 pm on Thursdays, 11:30 am to 6:30 pm, Monday through Wednesday and Friday and Saturday and closed Sundays. You can find them on Facebook.
Glen and Stacey Wilson opened the Mini City food truck on September 22, in the parking lot behind Beach Liquors. The truck specializes in sliders, and also offers chicken tenderloin, fried mushrooms and fried pickles, and more unusual items like hot dog sliders and fried gizzards. In the morning you can get breakfast sandwiches and on weekends, baby back ribs. Sounds like a tailgater’s dream!
Hours are 9 am though 8 pm Monday through Saturday. Mini City will offer a free Thanksgiving Dinner for those in need from 11 am to 2 pm Thanksgiving Day. You can find them on Facebook.
Let’s Eat, Englewood!
The Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce sponsored its 4th annual Let’s Eat Englewood restaurant promotion in September. Eighteen local restaurants participated, offering $13 two-course lunches and three-course dinners for $25. Many of the restaurants extended the offer into October. Ed Hill, Executive Director of the Chamber, said that the restaurants reported more customers than in previous years.
Something’s Missing at the Sandbar
Sergio Minnervini, 78, well known to many as the long-time smiling greeter at the parking lot at the Sandbar Tiki & Grille, died in August of pneumonia. The Sandbar held a fundraiser for his family.
What’s New at the Market?
The Englewood Farmers Market welcomes several new vendors this season, including many with an international flair; Il Petraro artisan Mozzarella, Florida Fresh Live Herbs, Cuni Tuni central Asia/Middle Eastern food, gourmet Nuts for Art, Inner Flame Indian food, and Euro Fries. There are also 11 local produce growers.
Many people don’t know that as a non-profit, The Englewood Farmers Market donates its proceeds back to the community, giving back $21,000 to agencies including Englewood Helping Hand, the Englewood Community Care Clinic, and Englewood Elementary School.
The Englewood Farmer’s Market is open from 9am to 2 pm every Thursday (not Thanksgiving), in the 300 block of West Dearborn Street. For a list of vendors and more information, visit englewoodfarmersmarket.org.