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Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery’s new chef to continue Yates’ legacy

Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery's new chef to continue Yates' legacy
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. — After former owner and head chef Shannon Yates died of COVID-19 related illnesses in August, his restaurant, the Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery in Cape Coral, has named its new chef, who plans to continue Yates’ legacy.

Matt Djerf, 32, has been named the new head chef of the Cape Coral eatery. Djerf worked with Yates for nine years.

“These are surely big shoes to fill. It is strange to be here, and he is not there,” Djerf said.

Djerf was a dishwasher at Nevermind when the business was first opened nine years ago by Yates. Djerf said Yates used to pay him in beer when he first started. Eventually, he worked his way up to preparing food, operating the frier and the grill.

Djerf said he looks forward to continuing Yates’ vision of creating unique dishes for the community.

“We will keep the same lamb burgers, crab rolls, and wings, but we will bring in some salads and different pasta dishes,” Djerf said, noting that the restaurant will also be adding flatbreads to the menu, something that Yates wanted before he passed.

Djerf said he also plans to continue the former chef’s tradition of bringing in guest chefs from other restaurants.

Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery is located in downtown Cape Coral at 927 Cape Coral Pkwy East.

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