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Real Englewood Area Dish
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November 28, 2022

11/4/2022 2:55:00 PM
How Hurricane Ian Has Affected Englewood Restaurants

by Sharyn Lonsdale

As a writer for the Englewood Review and the Englewood Herald-Tribune, I’ve written hundreds of articles and stories on this community. I lived in Englewood for more than 20 years and raised my two children here. While I live in Venice now, I am in Englewood often and my parents still live here. I know the people in this community and I know it is unlike any other town.
As Englewood recovers and rebuilds from Hurricane Ian, I urge you to support local restaurants, be patient with staff shortages, which are especially significant right now. Bring cash in case of an Internet outage and be understanding as hours may fluctuate. Be prepared for limited menus and celebrate as your favorite restaurants return to this new normal.
There is not enough space to share information on every restaurant in the Englewood area. For the most part the restaurants by Englewood Beach are back to normal but might have Internet and phone issues. Places from Dearborn Street north seem mostly to be back open with  exceptions noted here. Most of the restaurants that suffered serious damage either sit on or near the water and/or are located in the Grove City/Placida area and along State Road 776 (S. McCall Road).
Recently Reopened After Repairs or Utilities Issues
• Farlow’s on the Water (2080 S. McCall Road) was one of the early restaurants to reopen. They are offering their full menu for dine in or take out or delivery.
• Nicola’s Italian Kitchen (4343 S. Access Road) reopened for dinner recently after getting back phone and Internet. Reservations are encouraged and must be made by 4 pm on the day you want to dine. With no reservations, you will likely encounter a wait.
• The End Zone Sports Grille (2440 S. McCall Road) just reopened on October 28 with normal hours and a full menu.
• Cool Pickle in Paradise (8501 Placida Road) is back open with regular hours and entertainment.
• Steamers Oyster Bar (2901 Placida Road) also reopened almost exactly one month after Ian.
• Landy’s Restaurant (1400 Aqua View Lane) is open as it continues to repair damage from Ian. From Landy’s Facebook page, “We still have a way to go in getting all the rooms of our restaurant open but we are working on it every day.”
• Isabella’s Bistro (6800 Placida Road)  is scheduled to reopen on November 3 at 4 pm. Reservations are required. Updates and details are available on Facebook.
• Paraiso Mexican Grille & Bar (2639 Placida Road) recently reopened for outside and take out only as they suffered significant interior damage. Cash only.
• Zarate’s Family Restaurant (3502 N. Access Road) was one of the first restaurants to reopen and has their full menu.
• Wink’s Old Town Grill (451 S. Indiana Avenue) is open with their full menu. They are serving Thanksgiving Dinner from November 14-23.
• Comadres Mexican Food (498 W Dearborn) is open with their full menu despite Hurricane Ian and construction.
Closed as of Press Date
• Mama’s Italian Restaurant (2091 S. McCall Road) has been an Englewood institution for 40 years. Nearly all of us have waited patiently to be seated for pizza and hearty portions of traditional Italian dishes. The restaurant shared on Facebook that Hurricane Ian “completely destroyed the inside of our building and damaged the outside as well. We are working to have Mama’s up and running as soon as we can!”
• Rob’s Pizzeria (2411 S. McCall Road) was also “completely destroyed” by the hurricane. The owners vow to return but they are going to need the community’s support and like many in Southwest Florida, have set up a GoFundMe page. Just search for Robs on Gofundme.com.
• The Placida Pearl (2643 Placida Road) is also still closed and sadly shares that the popular sushi bar “will not be able to open for a very long time.”  As we went to press, the website was not updated and there was no phone service.
• Beach Road Wine Bar & Bistro (1350 Beach Road) a popular waterfront spot known for its creative and eclectic menu and boutique was only recently renovated before suffering significant damage from Ian. The latest update on Facebook says “We will have to completely rebuild, but we will come back stronger and better than before.”
• Another area institution, Rum Bay Restaurant at the Palm Island Resort, is closed until further notice. The restaurant, reachable only by ferry, “suffered structural and water damage during the hurricane and will be undergoing repairs.”
• Ricaltini’s Bar & Grill (1997 Kentucky Ave.) remains closed and vows to “rebuild better than ever.” The restaurant urges customers who want to reach out to support its staff during this time to contact the owners directly via its Facebook page.
• Just around the corner, The Lighthouse Grill at Stump Pass is closed but hopes to reopen soon. Visit their Facebook page for updates.
• While the White Elephant, Lock ‘n’ Key and the Sandbar Tiki Bar and Grille are all open and mostly business as usual, The Waverly (2095 N. Beach Road) suffered major damage to its upper level, and Jeanie Joyce, who manages The Waverly’s Facebook page, hopes to reopen in November.
Farmers Market Reopens
After a few challenging years, the Englewood Farmers Market and Old Englewood Village Farmers Market are now one market operating under the umbrella of Englewood Farmers Market. Due to Hurricane Ian, the market delayed its opening to October 27 at the recently remodeled Pioneer Plaza and Pavilion on West Dearborn Street. Almost all of the vendors are scheduled to return, although not all will be back in October. Parking is available in front of the plaza, along West Dearborn Street and at the Green Street lot. Market hours are 9 am to 1 pm every Thursday. Updates are available on both the Englewood Farmers Market and Old Englewood Farmers Market Facebook page. (thank you to Jeannie Joyce for this update).

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