Q: What is going on at Bokamper’s? I was told it was shut for renovations. I have not witnessed any exercise.
— Patricia Raco, Naples
Q: Is it correct that Bokamper’s will come to be some form of place line-dancing establishment? What and when?
— Phyllis and Chuck Padolsky, Naples
A: Qualified to reopen next month after a 4-month hiatus, Bokamper’s Athletics Bar & Grill has some surprises planned but don’t anticipate a actual physical overhaul of the North Naples venue.
Believe contemporary flavors and aromas rather.
Encouraged by Kim “Bo” Bokamper’s adore for barbecue, a pop-up cafe expertise named Bo’s BBQ will give the longtime sporting activities bar some new menu goods these types of as brisket, infant back ribs, pulled pork, sausage and fifty percent chickens with Bo’s mystery signature dry rub and dwelling-made barbecue sauce.
“We will be cigarette smoking barbecue with a big smoker exterior,” reported Will McKenzie, who has been a chef at Bokamper’s for 10 decades. “We smoke fresh new each and every working day.”
Meats will be sluggish-smoked with all-natural hardwood in custom-made people who smoke. A restricted quantity of barbecue will be offered everyday. “Pop-up implies if it runs out, that’s it for that working day,” Mr. McKenzie said.
Barbecue plates will be served with watermelon, cornbread and a choice of two sides these as beef brisket baked beans, corn on the cob, mac ‘n’ cheese, coleslaw, potato salad and fries. The regular menu will improve a bit but the restaurant’s name and possession are not switching, Mr. McKenzie claimed.
Bokamper’s is operated by PDKN Restaurant Group, owned by former Miami Dolphins player Kim Bokamper and three companions: PJ Kavanagh, Damon DeSantis and Noel Cullen. The proprietors just needed to make a adjust and do something a very little different with Bokamper’s, Mr. McKenzie mentioned.
The Bo’s BBQ concept, which released in May well at Bokamper’s Miramar location in Broward County, has its have internet site and social media pages, so it is extra than a menu tweak. The patio dining has been dubbed Bo’s Back Porch with a waterfront cocktail bar serving a range of bourbons, whiskeys and Southern-themed cocktails these kinds of as “Steer That Stag” and “Not Your Mama’s Apple Juice.”
As for line-dancing and place songs, Mr. McKenzie said it’s a risk but not a certainty. “That could possibly be in there. Which is the rumor. It is likely to be exciting,” he mentioned, noting that the many Tv set screens displaying are living sporting functions aren’t likely any where.
The aim is to have Bokamper’s up and running again by football period. College video games begin Aug. 28 and the NFL kicks off Sept. 9.
Bokamper’s Naples opened additional than 10 a long time ago off Vanderbilt Beach front Street in the place previously occupied by The Keg Steakhouse & Bar and Sanibel Steakhouse. Bokamper’s was founded in 2008 in Plantation and now has four locations. Its Estero place at Coconut Place permanently shut past calendar year.
Retail retailer improvements
Q: Do you know ended up NCH moved the White Elephant to?
— Margaret Balzarano Lincoln, Naples
A: After not long ago closing its thrift retailer on the corner of Pine Ridge Street and Naples Boulevard, NCH Health care System has not however relocated the White Elephant.
“We are nonetheless seeking for a new locale,” claimed Jack Ullrich, NCH director of services advancement. Despite the fact that retail vacancies abound in the space, marketing carefully employed furnishings, apparel and house merchandise is not a permitted use at numerous destinations. Until eventually NCH’s White Elephant secures a new dwelling, the not-for-revenue
501(c)(3) organization is not equipped to accept fall-off or pickup donations.
This spring, Concur Minimal Partnership obtained the 107,000 sq. ft of place at 2157 Pine Ridge Street from NCH for $18 million. The accounting, billing, components management and IT staff members at the NCH central campus adjacent to the White Elephant resale store relocated earlier this 12 months to the former Naples Daily Information creating on Immokalee Road. The healthcare facility procedure obtained the former newspaper plant in December for virtually $28 million to relocate its personnel, but the thrift retail store can not run there.
In the meantime, the Pine Ridge Road building across Naples Boulevard from Home Depot will be redeveloped for at minimum two industrial tenants. Georgia-based mostly Ground & Decor, a hard-area flooring warehouse retailer, will take the the vast majority of the constructing. Its 78,205-square-foot retail store will involve loading bays on the western aspect of the developing. Agree also designed one more Flooring & Decor retail store in Sarasota, the flooring chain’s closest area to the Naples space.
The remaining 28,800-sq.-foot unit together the jap edge of the building is obtainable for a further future retailer, site enhancement ideas display. In addition, a independent retail parcel fronting Pine Ridge Road there will be created if a proposal is authorised to break up off a 37,120-sq.-foot fenced-in location of unused parking. The 118 spaces dropped would not make a parking deficit for Floor & Decor or a second retailer, the petition notes.
The making on NCH’s previous 11.78 acres on Pine Ridge was built in 1992 for a Pace Membership Warehouse, which became Kmart Corp.’s shortlived model of a big-box warehouse keep. “When we took more than the building, it was just a enormous open warehouse,” reported Mr. Ullrich of NCH.
Following subleasing the constructing starting off in the mid 1990s, NCH purchased it in November 2002 for $12.5 million. Kmart had a extended-term lease of the constructing from a developer. “We in fact negotiated and purchased Kmart’s lease at a price reduction,” Mr. Ullrich claimed.
— “Tim Aten Knows” is printed each individual week in Naples Florida Weekly. Mr. Aten is handling editor of Gulfshore Business magazine. Email questions to [email protected] Stick to @TimAtenKnows on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.