Published: May 26, 2013 2:10 PM EDT
Updated: Dec 03, 2013 10:02 PM EST

UPDATE: Six months after the relaunch, the owner of City Tavern says sales are up 40%. Kevin Offerman credits the new food and drink menu, as well as the no smoking policy, to the bar's success.


FORT MYERS, Fla. -  City Tavern in the Fort Myers River District celebrated the grand reopening of their kitchen. To help them with their relaunch, they enlisted the help of celebrity chef Brian Duffy. Chef Duffy trained and worked with the staff of City Tavern for a handful of days, helping them create new and exciting menu items. City Tavern hasn't had a working kitchen since 2010, and they recently eliminated smoking in their bar as well. The owner of City Tavern, Kevin Offerman, said it's been amazing having Chef Duffy in the restaurant. He says he expects the new Chef Brian Duffy Inspired Menu to increase foot traffic and create a better atmosphere at City Tavern.