s: I just saw building materials being delivered to the closed Perkins at Bonita Beach Road and 41. Have an idea of what’s coming?
Mark Marofsky, Bonita Springs
a: Another restaurant is planned on the former site of Perkins Restaurant and Bakery at the northeast corner of US 41 and Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs. The space has been vacant since the Perkins Chain Corporation site was permanently closed there in May 2020 after being in operation for nearly 25 years.
said Goran “Gordon” Stoikowski, who works in restaurants and nightclubs in Florida, New Jersey and Ohio.
Gordon and Nancy Stojkoski own Aqua Seafood & Steaks in downtown Naples as well as Liki Tiki BBQ spots in Fort Myers Beach and Naples. They have not yet decided whether to expand one of the restaurant bar concepts to the old Perkins site at 27940 Crown Lake Blvd. In Bonita, Mr. Stojkowski said.
The Stojkoskis family, located behind 27940 Crown Lake Blvd Inc. Based in Naples, the more than one acre property opened on April 25 for $3,089,500, Lee County Property Appraiser records show. Records showed that the Perkins restaurant operator initially purchased the property in August 1994 for $580,000.
A roof permit was issued June 8 by the City of Bonita Springs for the approximately 5,000-square-foot detached building in that area. City documents show that Naples-based contractor and roofing firm Green Coast is the contractor to replace the shingles with metal on the sloping portions of the roof. Based on numerous questions from readers wondering what is happening to the restaurant property, passersby have noticed construction activity in a highly visible location at a busy crossroads.
The Stojkoski family is accustomed to crowded sites and changing concepts. They launched Aqua, a Mediterranean-style steak and seafood restaurant, in November 2011 at 862 Fifth Ave. S., a downtown Naples address that previously hosted Bert’s Seafood and Chowder House and Corks Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Early last year, they acquired an adjacent clothing store to expand the restaurant with Aqua Lounge, an ultra-chic venue with a 30-foot bar.
Stojkoskis launched Old Naples All American Sports Bar & Grill in fall 2015 on the corner of US 41 and Sixth Avenue North to break up the Chicago-based chain of pizzerias, including the original, old location of Aurelio’s Pizza in Naples. After about five years, they’ve changed things up and transformed their Naples sports bar into Liki Tiki BBQ, an informal concept that Stojkoskis has been operating at Fort Myers Beach since December 2018.
The Naples-based owners of Tacos & Tequila Cantina were originally interested in opening their fifth Tex-Mex concept site on an old Perkins estate in Bonita. They signed a letter of intent last year to acquire the space and last summer requested a special zoning exemption from the city to allow outdoor alcohol consumption at the proposed restaurant. In the end, Tacos & Tequila walked away from that spot.
It just won’t work for us,” said Kelly Mosico, co-owner of Tacos & Tequila. “Love the location, but it was too hard to put it in.” Ms. Musico said they are now focusing on proposed locations for T&T in Cape Coral and Sarasota.
s: Has Straight Out of NY Bagels changed ownership? The sign now says only the bread and the egg sandwich were completely different. Thanks.
– Lauren S, Naples
a: Straight from the New York Bagels in north Naples and Bonita Springs is still owned by Kurt Sexton, a grown New Yorker who enjoys a little taste of the big apples of southwest Florida.
Exterior signage changed last year after the previous multi-colored units at 4550 Executive Drive – where the bread shop north of Naples operates – were painted bright white.
“We just upgraded the building, repainted it and put in all the new signage,” said Robert Walker, a resident of north Naples, who owns the multi-tenant building.
When the signs were reinstalled after a paint job, Lady Liberty’s trademark “Straight From New York” head emblem disappeared for the first time since local work began in late 2004. Only the word “Bagels” remained on the building facades across Immokalee Street and the private parking lot. with it. “That’s what we could put our label on, so people knew what we did,” said Mr. Sexton, noting that the work was still direct from the New York Bagels. The original logo with Lady Liberty is still drawn in the middle of the menu panel within the store.
Ironically, when Mr. Sexton bought the company many years ago, its name was just Straight From New York. Because he was getting calls to ask if it was a hair salon or something, he added “Baggles” at the end of the company name. Bagels are still traditionally made in New York style: first boiled and freshly baked.
As for potential changes to egg sandwiches, the bread didn’t intentionally change its products, Mr. Sexton said. “It is possible that someone else cooked her sandwich but it shouldn’t be any different,” he said, noting that the company has guidelines in place to ensure products look and taste the same. “We are not without problems, so anything is possible.”
However, business is booming for the beagle. “We had a month off, but both stores were doing better during the pandemic than they did before,” Mr. Sexton said. “Business is up about 30% year over year. No complaints. Business is good.”
Bubbakoo’s Burritos accepted the virtual chicken challenge. The Your Own Burrito chain, which opened its first location in southwest Florida in January on Naples Street in north Naples, has added a ghost kitchen called Toss’ Em Wing Factory.
In addition to boneless and meatless wings with dozens of spicy flavours, the small menu features crispy chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, curd cheese, onion rings, and a variety of fries and drinks. Pick-up or delivery requests can be made via the mobile app or the tossemwings.com website.
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