Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Sanibel Island Restaurant Scene

We are all so excited about the new restaurants opening on Sanibel! There have not been changes like
this for many years. Some are closing and new ones are filling the void.

Twilight Cafe is in the process of moving to 2430 Periwinkle Way, former home of Sweet Treats. It will reopen late October as Twilight Restaurant & Wine Bar.

Twilight's former location at 2761 West Gulf Drive will be a sister restaurant called, The Stone Crab - A Shrimp & Seafood House trying to open Oct 12th. It will have a fresh new look and will be family-friendly.
Daily specials, extensive appetizer and late night menu and live entertainment. It will offer a Whale Burger (two pound monster).

Cip's Place is in the forever Green Center at 2025 Periwinkle Way, former Mermaid Kitchen location.
Menu is still being created with no opening date set although it will be this winter and it will retain its island history theme.

Il Tesoro has gone all-organic, exclusively using free -range meats and seasonal produce grown without pesticides.

The former Biddles Bucket at Periwinkle Way and Tarpon Bay Road is still under renovation but will emerge as George & Wendy's Corner Grill. The Schnapps are hoping for an early December opening. They describe  the new restaurant as family-friendly, casual but elegant.

McT's Shrimp House & Tavern closed last month and is scheduled to open this winter, also under new ownership.

Beachview restaurant Golf & Country Club is currently closed

Traders Store & Cafe at 1551 Periwinkle Way reopened this week after being closed for the month of September.

Sea Star Cafe & Bar at 937 East Gulf Drive, at the Sanibel Inn (formerly Ellington's Jazz Club)  opened this summer to great reviews.

Live entertainment on the Island 

Courtney's on Sanibel  Thursdays and Fridays  7 - 10pm   Gene Federico

'Tween Waters Inn" on Captiva - Friday and and Saturday - The Cornbread Brothers  9-1am.

Island Cow  6 to 9:30pm nightly

Ellington's Jazz Bar and Restaurant has live jazz seven nights a week from 7pm to 11pm.
1244 Periwinkle way

RC Otter's  11506 Andy Rosse Lane, Captive, has live music daily with dining inside and out

Keylime Bistro on Captiva features live entertainment seven days and nights each week.

Trader's Store & Cafe - Danny Morgan plays on Thursdays

The Jacaranda has entertainment nightly from 8pm to midnight

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