New Corner Spot Diner + Drink Offers Nostalgia in Bonita Springs –

New casual restaurant in Bonita Springs Want to take guests to an easier, from-scratch kitchen for all-day brunch and cocktails handcrafted in Its a full bar.

Corner Spot Diner + Drink is open to the public Around the corner of the small L-shaped retail complex at C Level Restaurant & Cocktail Bar on August 2 4450 Bonita Beach Road, about One mile from Gulf Beach. Chef Owner Noel Weihait plans his A nostalgic menu built around American classics with seasonal variations using local produce.

“It’s going to be an all-day menu with traditional dinner Stylish, this will include an all day brunch menu and sandwiches and salads, then we’ll have some dinner plate We’re going to have a fresh bread service and stuff like that,” Willhite said. “Everything will be done from scratch in-house. The concept is retro, traditional American cuisine, so we really love early American cooking, Prohibition Era style cocktails that are all handcrafted and go well with all the food we create, too.

The menu offers classic, simple food such as patties and casserole, berries Cwine glasses and mason jar tarts, Appetizers such as Bistro Ham and White Cheddar Dumplings, and Sweet Duchess sourdough rolls on the side, German Potato Salad and Baked Applesauce. Some traditional cocktail party salads and appetizers are things one might have seen at an early American dinner partyWilhead saysthe source of its inspiration Cooking comfort food came from his grandmother.

“Pork Tenderloin is my grandmother’s grandmother’s recipe,” he said. “We’re really, really excited to learn about the core roots of culinary past. These are our 100-year-old recipes bring into one dinner. “

Some recipes date back to historical times U.S. when food is rationedso Natural sweeteners will be used to limit the need for sugar. “Have There are very few canned ingredients in our kitchen. We have very few pre-made ingredients in our kitchen,” Willhite said.

Unique to Weihai culinary Cut to the retro concept in what he calls an upscale casual dining setting.He was previously general manager and executive chef at Marlins Brewery in Fort Myers, chef at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point and Spring Run nation club and have Have Professional kitchen Role exist Chicago, Las Vegas, Maui and Washington DC He grew up in Kensington, Maryland (a small town outside Washington, D.C.), Moved with family to Naples area at age 15 Cooking Schools in Tallahassee. “I did some moving before I settled here and started a family,” Willhite said.

Opening your own restaurant is another matter effort Ground yourself. “I’ve been cooking for over 20 years, helping open other people’s restaurants and helping run other people’s establishments.I’ve never done anything myself so here’s what I said, here we are Yes Ready,” Wilhead said. “This is my dream. Our hearts and souls Yes Get in this. “

Ironically, the COVID-19 pandemic almost caused Willhite to throw in the towel in his long career. “I’ve actually left the industry entirely, and I’m not planning to come back,” he said. “Honestly, I was burned.”

However, an opportunity arose about 18 months later when Willhite planned to start a food truck, but when the restaurant space in Bonita Oaks Square became available, he turned to the restaurant concept. “I’ve walked in here once. This place has great bones,” he said.

Sharky’s Pizza Pub closed in April after six years in business.The corner unit was formerly the home of Gatsby’s Pizza before the local pizzeria finally reopened not far away Bonita Beach Road.

Willhite noted the irony of hosting the Great Gatsby dinner and cocktail party in a space that once belonged to Gatsby. “If you Google the ‘The Great Gatsby’ dinner menu or cocktail party, it’s not too far from what we’re doing in this building,” he said. “It’s beef Wellington and gin martinis or something. That’s what we’re going for.”

Corner Spot will focus heavily on classic cocktails, says Venue general manager and bartender Dave Allen moved from Ireland to southwest Florida many years ago. “In that Prohibition era, there were some really good things coming out of woodwork,” Allen said. “I’m very, very excited about it.”

The creators of Corner Spot didn’t want to brand the concept as fine dining, even though it was creating haute cuisine and cocktails. “We’re going to serve good food in a casually priced environment. I can promise that,” Willhead said. “We’ll do better than anyone who works at a Michelin-rated restaurant, but at random prices.”

new inspiration Dining room is family. Weihaite and his 13 year old daughter love having breakfast at dinner. After the recent closure of Metro Diner and Perkin’s on Bonita Beach Road, he came up with the idea of ​​opening a small restaurant. “I was kind of joking, we’re opening a restaurant here,” he said. “We want this to be a place where you can take your daughter, take your kids, take your family, whether you’re going to or from the beach, wearing sandals, etc. It’s a leisure time dining experience.”

While the restaurant is rooted in a bygone era, Willhite will use Demonstrate modern technology and plating style Home-style cooking, paring the macroeconomic conditions of the past and today. “This goal is actually conceptualized around our current supply chain crisis. It’s scary for a lot of people. We’re going through some pretty scary times.,” He says. “We’re not going to price people out of the market. We want to be a staple in our community.

corner operate Hour Tuesday-Thursday 10am-9pm, Friday and Saturday 10am to 10pm, Sunday 10am to 8pm, and is closed on Mondays. Outdoor dining is available.

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