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Wednesday
May222013

Naples Restaurant Closings

Three local restaurants permanently closed recently in shopping centers along Vanderbilt Beach Road in North Naples.

Gone are Bond Restaurant & Lounge in Naples Walk shopping center, The Basin restaurant in the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, and Margaritas Mexican Restaurant in The Pavilion shopping center.

Bond’s final night was Saturday, when it closed after operating for nearly 11 months in the large space at the eastern end of the shopping center on the southeast corner of Airport-Pulling and Vanderbilt Beach roads. Bond was sold to a group based in Boston, said Scott D’Antuono, the entertainment director at Bond.

“We’re finished,” D’Antuono said. “We had our day in the restaurant business.”

D’Antuono, co-owner of the former Vision Night Club in North Naples, said he plans to operate another local club soon.

Bond opened last June 28 in the 7,100-square-foot restaurant and piano bar that was Latitude restaurant until two months earlier at 2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road. Bond’s general manager was Adriano Pucci, who formerly operated Cafe Italia for about 15 months at that same location before it became Latitude for about a year. Before that, for about two years, it was Paul Sturkey’s Encore, a restaurant that was part of a small chain created by a chef based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

D’Antuono did not have contact information for the new owners of Bond, and a representative of Regency Centers, the property manager for Naples Walk, could not be reached for comment regarding the future tenant.

Meanwhile, The Basin restaurant closed May 9 after operating for only slightly more than seven months in the shopping center on the northwest corner of Airport-Pulling and Vanderbilt Beach roads, said Bonnie Inman, a manager of the Shoppes at Vanderbilt.

The family-owned restaurant, which featured new American cuisine with a French flair, opened Oct. 26 in the former location of Absinthe. The Basin’s name was an anagram of Absinthe.

Co-owner Peter Adamik set out to create something new, combining the grazing freedom of a buffet with culinary flair and small plate portions. It wasn’t actually a buffet, though, or supposed to be one because second visits were not offered. Attempts to reach Adamik were unsuccessful.

Margaritas Mexican restaurant opened Oct. 3, 2011, in The Pavilion shopping center, 871 Vanderbilt Beach Road, in North Naples.

West on Vanderbilt Beach Road at U.S. 41 North, Margaritas Mexican Restaurant closed at the end of April after operating since October 2011 in The Pavilion, 8971 U.S. 41 N.

Co-owners Diana Perez and her chef husband, Ismael, will continue to operate their original Mexican restaurant, which they opened in 2005 in Marco Town Center on Marco Island. Originally Cilantro Tamales, they changed the name and menu to Margaritas in early 2007, Diana Perez said.

The restaurant’s North Naples location, directly behind Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar on the U.S. 41 leg of the center, has been home to other restaurants, including the Art of Being, as well as Laurino’s and Angelo’s Italian restaurants.

Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Property Southwest Florida LLC is working on some different strategies for that property in a retail market that is coming back fairly strong, said executive director Gary Tasman.

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