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Published June 2nd 2014
What happens to Naples, Florida's restaurants when hundreds of thousands of temporary residents and visitors leave after spending an enviable winter season in southwest Florida?
The answer is: Not much changes. But be aware that your favorite place may have shifted its operating times for the summer months, June through October.
That's not just because of fewer customers. Summer tempts many proprietors to take advantage of the less hectic time to spiff, improve, and generally re-charge for the following winter season, October through May.
Variations in available service at local restaurants range from reduced hours to temporary closures to complete closings.
For example, STAN's IDLE HOUR, a breezy and popular open-to-the-weather kind of place, ratchets back its public time from all week in winter to only Saturday and Sunday lunches during the summer (read: rainy) season. It is just unreasonable to expect an outdoor restauranteur to second guess Mother Nature as she routinely yet unexpectedly sends late in the day thunderstorms to dampen the fun.
MICHELOB's - Winner of the local newspaper's 2014 reader's poll for favorite restaurant, specializes in ribs and casual dining. They have locations in both Naples and nearby Marco Island. Although keeping to the same hours all year, Michelob's announced plans to close for two weeks each during the first of June 2014 and during the end of September 2014. They'll get some desired renovations done, while the Uninformed simmer in the parking lot, frustrated that their search for delicious, smokey ribs is delayed.
ALEXANDER's, on the far extreme, is a long time favorite in Naples' Park Shore neighborhood. It closed entirely for the summer on May 24, 2014 without fanfare. It is simply something this beloved Minnesotan does, year after successful year.
Be sure to check websites and local papers before deciding where to eat. With more than 700 restaurants licensed in Naples, choices are abundant, no matter what the seasons bring.