|Published:||Oct 16, 2013 9:33 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 16, 2013 3:49 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Fort Myers institution has received a second chance as a group of investors have purchased and plan to renovate the former Royal Palm Yacht Club building. As of the closing on October 15th the facility is now owned by three local investors (including the co-owner of Pinchers Crab Shack, Grant Phelan) and will be known as "Marina at Edison Ford" with an expected opening of February 2014.
Built in 1961, the facility was for many years considered "the club" to belong to, and a hub of activity for the downtown area. With the recent sale and future plans for renovation, the group believes it will soon return to its former glory and look forward to sharing it with the public.
The building is two stories tall and 29,290 square feet total. The ground floor has a dedicated kitchen and private dining areas and will primarily be used for private events and catering; it's 12,814 square feet. Led by Executive Chef Brian Martin, former owner of Evoo, the Marina at Edison Ford can host up to 250 people for private events, large groups and it will be setup for catering services which will include the neighboring Edison & Ford Winter Estates.
Edison & Ford Winter Estates will soon be able to offer catering as an added-value service to their onsite events and a pass through will be formed between the properties for seamless coordination and access to Pinchers for lunch or dinner. Conversely, guests will be able to purchase tickets for the Edison Ford inside the Marina facility and access the grounds easily through a side entrance if they prefer.
"We look forward to working on projects that are sustainable with the historical neighborhood and waterfront," commented Edison & Ford Winter Estates President & CEO, Chris Pendleton.
The second floor, 16,476 square feet, will be leased by Pinchers Crab Shack and house their newest location. Featuring panoramic river views with a full bar, raw bar, indoor and outdoor seating, it too is expected to open in February 2014.
"We are extremely excited about this project," commented Phelan. "Not only will this be the tenth location for Pinchers and a exciting collaboration with the Winter Estates, but we will have an entire floor dedicated to catering and events and operate the marina below for group boat-ins and yacht clubs - a true waterfront dining experience."
Operating the property's 45-slip marina as well, the Marina at Edison Ford will host a variety of activities onsite. The Southwest Florida Yacht Club, with 270 members, will call the Marina home while leaving plenty of room for patrons who prefer to travel by boat to the restaurant; Dockage while dining will be free. Additionally, Phelan plans to host fishing tournaments, eco trips, boat cruises and more from the marina in the future.
"The yacht club and its members couldn't be more excited to be involved with two of the best brands in Southwest Florida - Pinchers and Edison & Ford Winter Estates. We look forward to calling the Marina home for many years to come," commented Terri Natale, Commodore of the Southwest Florida Yacht Club.
The Marina at Edison Ford is located at 2360 W. First Street in downtown Fort Myers (or Marker 54 by boat). It is owned by a group of local investors and is slated to open in February 2014. For more information, please call Grant Phelan at (239) 287-0951.
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