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Restaurants in Naples: Irish Times is coming, Ciao is closing

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Irish Times Bar & Grill is targeted to open late this summer in the former space of Shea’s in downtown Naples. TIM ATEN / NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY

The Irish Times Bar & Grill is slated to open in the former Shea’s in downtown Naples at the end of the summer. TIM ATEN / NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY

Q: I wonder who is going to be behind the Irish Times soon to open Fifth Avenue in Naples. It looks like it’s in the room Shea used to be in, behind HobNob in the alley near Cambier Park. I am so happy to see the room open again! – Mike D., Naples A: Two Irish men with experience in the New York hospitality industry plan to open Irish Times Bar & Grill at the end of the summer at the former Shea’s on Lansdowne Street in downtown Naples. Shea closed last June after living at 720 Fifth Ave. for four years. S., across from Cambier Park Way, had worked from the cover of the tape.

“We’re bringing a mix of traditional and modern Irish pub experience to the community. We want to offer a warm atmosphere with fine Irish-American dishes and more often live music. You’re just as likely to see craft cocktails at the bar as a sip of properly poured Guinness, ”said Gerry McGovern, who co-owns the new venue with Ciaran Mosley.

The South Avenue Bar opened on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples on Wednesday. Courtesy of the South AVENUE BAR

The South Avenue Bar opened on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples on Wednesday. Courtesy of the South AVENUE BAR

The Irish Pub is currently undergoing major renovations. “We’re actually changing about 75% of the interiors,” said McGovern.

After Shea closed last year, its owners announced that the local store would reopen in a new location in the Naples area. The bids for two promising locations fell apart, said Charles F. Maurer, who has also owned and operated a sister location on Lansdowne Street in Bonita Springs since 2007. “We’ll reopen Shea’s in the right location,” said Maurer.

South Avenue Bar

The South Avenue Bar opened next to L’Olivo Ristorante on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples on Wednesday. The adjoining bar and restaurant are owned by longtime local restaurateurs Feibi Gouda and Raf Bishai, whose previous local ventures included Grouper Grille and Falafel Grill. They also operated previous venues on the L’Olivo site called South Avenue Restaurant & Bar and Crispy Seafood & Wine Bar.

Confused? You may need a drink. This is where the South Avenue Bar can help. The small, upscale establishment offers craft cocktails that are more modern than old-fashioned creations, said Sarah Bey, general manager of the new bar. “There are a range of flavors and the colors are very vibrant so it will be really fun” she said, noting that first responders, military personnel, and veterans get special discounts on cocktails.

The bar with 12 stools has additional seating at the same height as well as an adjoining lounge area, which is separated from the rest of the bar by a glass wall. The living room can be reserved free of charge.

The stand-alone bar will eventually serve finger food and small bites, Ms. Bey said.

The South Avenue Bar, 643 Fifth Ave. S., is open from Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight and from Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, please visit @SouthAvenueBar on Facebook and Instagram.

Bokampers time out

Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill in Northern Naples is closed for renovations this week but is slated to reopen in August. Courtesy of BOKAMPER

Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill in Northern Naples is closed for renovations this week but is slated to reopen in August. Courtesy of BOKAMPER

Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill in northern Naples closed this week for renovations but is slated to reopen in August, according to the restaurant’s recorded phone message. Bokamper’s Facebook page promises that the local venue will reopen for the football season.

“Bokamper’s Naples is currently closed, but don’t worry,” the restaurant posted on Facebook on Monday. “We’ll be back before you know it and better than ever! We also have a few surprises in store for you! So stay tuned for the announcements and follow our social networks for updates. See you soon!”

Last year, the Miami Dolphins’ South Florida-based sports bar chain Kim “Bo” Bokamper closed its Estero location at Coconut Point after informing fans on Facebook that it was “closed until further notice.” Bokamper’s other Fort Lauderdale, Miramar and Plantation locations will remain open.

Bokampers Naples opened on Vanderbilt Beach Road more than 10 years ago in the space previously occupied by Sanibel Steakhouse and The Keg Steakhouse & Bar.

Mother's Day is the last business day for Ristorante Ciao, 835 Fourth Ave. S. in downtown Naples. TIM ATEN / NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY

Mother’s Day is the last business day for Ristorante Ciao, 835 Fourth Ave. S. in downtown Naples. TIM ATEN / NAPLES FLORIDA WEEKLY

Bye!

Mother’s Day is the last business day for Ristorante Ciao, which is next week at 835 Fourth Ave. S. celebrates his 34th birthday in downtown Naples. The local Italian restaurant opened on April 24, 1987 in a 55-year-old brick building previously known as Muldoon’s Pizzeria, which succeeded Monty’s Bar BQ.

The end of the season is a good time for 67 year old Ciao chef / owner Gianfranco Loreti to end his restaurant’s impressive run.

“As they say, all good things have to come to an end at some point. And I think now is our time, ”said Carol Rosen, who has been Loreti’s business partner and restaurant manager for 15 years. “Sunday May 9th will be our last dinner. The decision to close was not an easy one and there were many reasons. COVID and the financial burden on our operations from reducing the number of customers we had every night for more than a year was a major factor. “

Together, Mr. Loreti and Mrs. Rosen enjoyed the trip, made new friends and welcomed Ciao’s old friends and patrons who have become like family. “Next for us? Time to smell the flowers here in paradise and relax a little, ”said Ms. Rosen.

For the next few weeks, dinner at the Ciao will continue to be served every evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to eat or to take away. Reservations are required at 239-263-3889 for a farewell dinner and wine on April 27 at 6:30 PM for $ 90 per person. “We will also reduce our wine bottles by 30% while supplies last,” said Ms. Rosen.

Mother’s Day dinner offers Ciao’s full à la carte menu with a special ambrosia salad, a fish entree and Torta Della Nonna – grandmother’s cake – for dessert, a sweet ending. ¦

– “Tim Aten Knows” is published every week in the Naples Florida Weekly. Mr. Aten is the Editor-in-Chief of Gulfshore Business Magazine. Email any questions to TimAtenKnows@floridaweekly.com. Follow @TimAtenKnows on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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