Q: What’s going on with Twin Peaks in Naples?
— Junior Peralez, Napoli
A: The recent erection of a “coming soon” sign at the Coastland Center signals the start of something happening for Twin Peaks Restaurant and Bar in Naples. Sure, the wheels have been turning behind the scenes for years, but we finally have a public sign.
Because the local Twin Peaks project has had its share of setbacks, getting information from its Florida franchisee or mall operator hasn’t been easy. Nobody wants to jinx him. But construction of the restaurant could be completed this fall for opening later this year.
“Hopefully by the end of the year,” said Fred Burgess, co-chief executive of DMD Ventures, which holds exclusive South Florida development rights for the Dallas-based restaurant brand. DMD launched the Fort Myers site for Twin Peaks in the fall of 2015.
The sports bar’s entertainment concept, previously promoted as the “ultimate man cave,” has a rugged mountain lodge theme with a menu of comfort food and draft beer served piping cold in frosted mugs. Panoramic views feature waitresses sporting racy lumberjack outfits with cropped khaki shorts and midriff-baring red plaid tops.
“Twin Peaks is so much more than your typical sports bar. Our lodge greets every guest with World Series steps and barrel-aged whiskey,” promises the Twin Peaks website. “a lodge full of friendly and attentive Twin Peaks Girls serving scratch food and our signature 29 degree beers. Only here can you truly embrace the Lodge Mantality.
Twin Peaks will not be in the mall but rather just outside on a freestanding site on the north side of the mall across from Naples High School. The proposed restaurant will face Golden Gate Parkway and adjoin the existing parking lot just east of the new CMX CinéBistro. The proposed restaurant will consist of approximately 8,650 square feet under air and approximately 1,880 square feet of outdoor terrace.
After DMD’s original plans to build Twin Peaks next to Dick’s Sporting Goods on Naples Boulevard didn’t work out a few years ago in North Naples, development then had to overcome hurdles at the city’s mall . The Naples Design Review Board returned the Lincoln Logs colors and rustic look of the initial architectural design to the drawing board. The appearance of the Twin Peak Corporate Pavilion has been revamped to meet the established design standards and light colors of the planned mall development.
Uncle Julio Update
Under construction for more than two months on the northwest corner of the Coastland Center mall property, Uncle Julio’s restaurant is set to open this summer.
“Uncle Julio’s is set to open in Naples in 2022 with one of our newest prototype restaurants. We are excited to bring the authentic taste of our made-from-scratch cuisine to the region,” said Suzanne. Gentry Flodin, founder and president of The Gentry Agency, the public relations firm representing the Dallas-based Tex-Mex chain.
Uncle Julio’s restaurant and full bar will be a freestanding building along US 41 west of CMX CinéBistro. The nearly 11,500 square foot restaurant will have an abundance of outdoor dining space, more than the average Uncle Julio’s location, which has 37 locations in 12 states, including one in Florida at Icon. Orlando Park.
Uncle Julio’s lunch and dinner menus are best known for their mesquite grilled meats, Swirl Margaritas and chocolate piñata dessert.
Q: Can you give an update on the opening of shops and restaurants in the new center of Immokalee Road and Collier Boulevard?
— Cheri C., Naples North
A: The Saturday launch of Skillets’ 12th restaurant was the first business to open at The Pointe at Founders Square, the new mixed-use development on the southeast corner of Immokalee Road and Collier Boulevard in north Naples. Naples-based Skillets had a busy first weekend serving its popular local breakfast and lunch menu.
Seven more restaurants and four other businesses are set to open in the coming months at The Pointe, a horseshoe-shaped development that’s part of the nearly 55-acre Founders Square on the southeast corner of Immokalee Road and Collier Boulevard. .
The next step will likely be Collier Urgent Care, which plans to open its third walk-in medical clinic this month. I Heart Mac & Cheese and More is expected to be close behind with the first Southwest Florida location for the growing chain.
“The target date for our opening is the last week of February,” said local franchise owner Alfonso Olivos, who had planned to open weeks ago but encountered a delay in receiving some steel equipment. integrated stainless steel. “We’ve been finished building for about three weeks, but we’re just waiting for a few commercial appliances.”
The first part of March will be busy in La Pointe with more businesses opening. Tacos & Tequila Cantina then plans to open its fourth Mexican restaurant, said T&T co-owner Kelly Resch Musico. Jon and On Augsondthung plan to open their fourth local restaurant, Fuji Sushi Bar & Asian Kitchen, in the first week of March. Luxury Nails & Spa is also set to open in early March.
The Pointe’s two largest units, Outback Steakhouse and South Street City Oven and Grill, are scheduled to open in mid-March. “It’s such a moving target with supply issues but, starting now, mid-March,” said Diana Pleeter, co-owner of South Street, which will launch its second location there. This will be Outback’s third in Collier County.
Late spring launches are expected for Crisp & Green, Gulf Coast Orthodontics and Salon Bellezza. It will be the first Southwest Florida location for Crisp & Green, a salad-based restaurant chain with plans for additional regional locations. This will be the first Collier County office for Gulf Coast Orthodontics, which operates offices in Estero and Fort Myers. Salon Bellezza is moving its full-service beauty salon from The Shoppes at Pebblebrooke across the street.
Slicers Hoagies will ultimately not join The Pointe lineup. Expect the announcement of another restaurant that will soon take its place. “We’re working on several things,” said Eric Mallory, executive vice president of Metro Commercial, which is co-developing Founders Square with Barron Collier Companies and Trinity Commercial Group.
Directly behind The Pointe, developers opened The Plaza at Founders Square in late January, an eight- to 10-unit retail strip that will be anchored by Sunshine Ace Hardware. Expect news next month about some additional restaurants and other tenants there, Mallory said.
Meanwhile, 7-Eleven is set to begin construction this month on its convenience store and gas station on an outdoor lot overlooking Immokalee Road near The Pointe. The first residents are also expected to start moving into The Pearl apartments this month, under construction along the southern and eastern edges of Founders Square. ¦