In the Know: Is Red Robin opening a Naples location?

TIM ATEN
The Red Robin Gourmet Burger franchise in the Gulf Coast Town Center is the only location the chain has in the Naples-Fort Myers area.

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The Red Robin Gourmet Burger franchise in the Gulf Coast Town Center is the only location the chain has in the Naples-Fort Myers area.

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Q: I really enjoy the Red Robin Gourmet Burger franchise in the Gulf Coast Town Center in Estero. Is Naples ever going to see a Red Robin franchise?

— Frank D'Agostino, Naples

A: Because of Red Robin's plethora of advertising on local television, you would think the burger chain already has multiple locations in our region. Even though the location at Gulf Coast Town Center is the only Red Robin nearby, the Colorado-based company does not plan now to locate one in Naples or elsewhere in the area.

"We are always looking at potential areas for growth but, at this point, we do not have any Red Robin restaurants planned for Naples itself," said Peter MacKellar, a Red Robin corporate spokesman. "We are not actively seeking any other franchise locations."

In addition to Gulf Coast Town Center, the restaurant chain's website lists Florida locations in Miami, Tampa, Port Orange, Wesley Chapel, Pensacola and Panama City Beach. Locations are reported coming soon in Clearwater and Pembroke Pines.

"Because unplanned schedule changes can arise with new restaurants, we typically do not publicly announce new restaurant locations until a couple of months before opening,"says one answer to frequently asked questions on the company's website.

"If you have a suggestion for where we might open a new Red Robin in your community, or any other location, we welcome your thoughts."

Send the company location suggestions via the contact page on its website, redrobin.com/contact_us.

Red Robin, which opened its first restaurant in Seattle in 1969 and went public in 2002, has more than 450 restaurants across the U.S. and Canada. Most of the locations are company-owned, but about one-third are franchised restaurants.

In addition to its signature burgers and chicken sandwiches, the chain's menu features other entrees, salads and bottomless beverages and steak fries.

Caffe Portofino artisan Italian bakery opened June 6 in the Neapolitan Way shopping center off U.S. 41 in Naples.

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Caffe Portofino artisan Italian bakery opened June 6 in the Neapolitan Way shopping center off U.S. 41 in Naples.

Caffe Portofino artisan Italian bakery, which opened June 6 in the Neapolitan Way shopping center off U.S. 41 in Naples, will nearly triple its size in 2013 by expanding into the adjoining space, left.

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Caffe Portofino artisan Italian bakery, which opened June 6 in the Neapolitan Way shopping center off U.S. 41 in Naples, will nearly triple its size in 2013 by expanding into the adjoining space, left.

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Caffe Portofino artisan Italian bakery opened June 6 in the Neapolitan Way shopping center off U.S. 41 in Naples. The bakery/pizzeria took over the former space of Flavor Tree restaurant/deli, which operated at that location, 818 Neapolitan Way, from March 2010 to June 2011.

Caffe Portofino previously had a retail location in the former Naples Famous Pizza location on Collier Boulevard at Rattlesnake Hammock Road, and later a wholesale location on Beck Boulevard in East Naples.

"I'm very happy to be back in retail. I missed it," said owner Rolan Richard.

The Bronx-born Richard bakes New York-style, thin crust pizzas, as well as Sicilian pizza, stromboli and calzone. The menu also includes grinders, salads and pasta dishes. Of course, the Italian bakery also is known for its cannoli, biscotti, and other fresh pastries, cookies, breads and holiday specialties.

"We are talked about for our pastries," Richard said. "We are known primarily for our bakery."

Look for the business to nearly triple in size in a couple of months. Richard is tearing down an adjoining wall and expanding his 1,100-square-foot store by another 2,200 square feet. In addition to more space, Richard said he will add an espresso bar.

The local bakery delivers within a 3-mile to 4-mile radius. It is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. 239-774-0199.

Jet's Pizza, left, is expected to open soon next door to AAA Coney Island & Mario's Greek Gourmet in  Duchess Centre on U.S. 41 North in North Naples.

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Jet's Pizza, left, is expected to open soon next door to AAA Coney Island & Mario's Greek Gourmet in Duchess Centre on U.S. 41 North in North Naples.

Jet's Pizza is opening its third area location this summer on U.S. 41 in the Naples Park area of North Naples, said franchisee Thomas Jakubczak of Michigan. The new store is expected to open in the latter part of August next door to AAA Coney Island & Mario's Greek Gourmet in the former Pak Mail suite of Duchess Centre, a small strip center along U.S. 41 North between 98th Avenue North and 99th Avenue North. Expect the new Jet's to deliver south to Pine Ridge Road, north to Bonita Beach Road and east to Interstate 75, Jakubczak said.

In addition to the North Naples location, Jakubczak (pronounced Juh KOOB-zak) owns the original East Naples location in Commerce Centers off Radio Road, as well as the one in Estero Town Commons. Look for future Jet's locations in the eventual shopping center at Wilson and Golden Gate boulevards in Golden Gate Estates, as well as expected locations near Davis and Collier boulevards, and in Bonita Springs and Sarasota, he said.

Jet's America Inc., which began in 1978 in Sterling Heights, Mich., has more than 225 franchises throughout 13 states. In addition to its signature deep-dish, Jet's pizza menu features hand-tossed rounds, as well as thin crust pies cut into squares.

What sets Jet's apart from other pizzeria chains?

"It's what we do every day. We make our dough fresh every day. Our vegetables are cut every day. Our cheese is shredded fresh every day," Jakubczak said. "We don't have commissaries. Our commissary is our back kitchen."

In addition to adhering to a mission for consistency, cleanliness and customer service, Jet's make contributions and commitments to local community agencies, youth sports teams, and helping special needs children, Jakubczak said.

"If you have a need and need it fulfilled, the answer is always yes," he said. "We look at the area we can do the most good for the most people."

Maguro Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi opened July 10 in the Gateway Shoppes at North Bay on the corner of Wiggins Pass Road and U.S. 41 North in North Naples.

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Maguro Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi opened July 10 in the Gateway Shoppes at North Bay on the corner of Wiggins Pass Road and U.S. 41 North in North Naples.

Maguro Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi is opening this month in the Gateway Shoppes at North Bay shopping center on the northwest corner of Wiggins Pass Road and U.S. 41 North. Owner Vicky Zhang hopes to open her first restaurant about July 10, she said.

Maguro will be located in a new unit in an out-parcel building connected to Scottrade, an online investment firm. The nearly 5,000-square-foot restaurant will seat 150 and feature 10 hibachi tables, where diners get a front-row seat as chefs prepare meals on tableside grills. 239-591-0003.

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roadhouse writes:

How about a story on what happened to the KFC on 41 this week?

osamaisdead writes:

in response to roadhouse:

How about a story on what happened to the KFC on 41 this week?

I think Tim Aten is too chicken to tackle that story.

Here4Now writes:

Yeah, I was going to get a bucket today - what happened??

joeblow writes:

Place blows anyway...

TimAten (staff) writes:

in response to roadhouse:

How about a story on what happened to the KFC on 41 this week?

The KFC in the Park Shore area of Naples closed Tuesday because the building, 3906 Ninth St. N., reportedly was sold. Regional franchisee K-Corp. Lee Inc. plans to open another Naples-area Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, although a location is not known yet, reports a manager at KFC’s Golden Gate location, which remains open at 12225 Collier Blvd.
The former KFC property on the corner of U.S. 41 and Michigan Avenue was purchased in 2007 for $2.25 million by Arco Finance Inc., 4099 Ninth St. N., Naples, according to records on collierappraiser.com.
The offices for K-Corp. Lee, operated for more than 20 years by James P. Abernathy, were closed Wednesday because of the holiday.
I’ll follow this next week.

Here4Now writes:

in response to TimAten:

The KFC in the Park Shore area of Naples closed Tuesday because the building, 3906 Ninth St. N., reportedly was sold. Regional franchisee K-Corp. Lee Inc. plans to open another Naples-area Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, although a location is not known yet, reports a manager at KFC’s Golden Gate location, which remains open at 12225 Collier Blvd.
The former KFC property on the corner of U.S. 41 and Michigan Avenue was purchased in 2007 for $2.25 million by Arco Finance Inc., 4099 Ninth St. N., Naples, according to records on collierappraiser.com.
The offices for K-Corp. Lee, operated for more than 20 years by James P. Abernathy, were closed Wednesday because of the holiday.
I’ll follow this next week.

Thank you Tim

sunburnt writes:

Red Robin is not good at all.... And KFC closed because of the demographics, this is the wrong area, notice it said the one on "Golden Gate and 951 will remain open"..I bet there doing just fine out there

TimAten (staff) writes:

in response to cayenne:

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Comcast does not plan to return the local weather radar map to Channel 25.
http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2012/m...

romneygate writes:

in response to cayenne:

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Because they like cayenne pepper and could sprinkle it on the fire ants.

romneygate writes:

in response to cayenne:

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You mean you're not going to be protesting in front of the Planned Parenthood complex? What's a matter? Something happen to your sign?

Notthesame writes:

in response to cayenne:

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how about a popeyes or bojangles in Naples.

teachtrouble1 writes:

We like Red Robbin, Make a run up every couple of weeks, good burgers and good prices! These people saying it sucks, I'm wondering how many times you have been to the Red Robin in Gulf Coast?

Ironage writes:

Red Robin! YUM!

roadhouse writes:

in response to TimAten:

The KFC in the Park Shore area of Naples closed Tuesday because the building, 3906 Ninth St. N., reportedly was sold. Regional franchisee K-Corp. Lee Inc. plans to open another Naples-area Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, although a location is not known yet, reports a manager at KFC’s Golden Gate location, which remains open at 12225 Collier Blvd.
The former KFC property on the corner of U.S. 41 and Michigan Avenue was purchased in 2007 for $2.25 million by Arco Finance Inc., 4099 Ninth St. N., Naples, according to records on collierappraiser.com.
The offices for K-Corp. Lee, operated for more than 20 years by James P. Abernathy, were closed Wednesday because of the holiday.
I’ll follow this next week.

Wow! I can't believe I got a response from NDN staff to my post. Thanks for the info Tim!

projectfusion writes:

Red Robin was originally slated to open on Naples Blvd in front of the movie theater across from Ale House. That obviously fell through with everything else that was slated to be built on the west side property of the theater.

osamaisdead writes:

in response to TimAten:

The KFC in the Park Shore area of Naples closed Tuesday because the building, 3906 Ninth St. N., reportedly was sold. Regional franchisee K-Corp. Lee Inc. plans to open another Naples-area Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, although a location is not known yet, reports a manager at KFC’s Golden Gate location, which remains open at 12225 Collier Blvd.
The former KFC property on the corner of U.S. 41 and Michigan Avenue was purchased in 2007 for $2.25 million by Arco Finance Inc., 4099 Ninth St. N., Naples, according to records on collierappraiser.com.
The offices for K-Corp. Lee, operated for more than 20 years by James P. Abernathy, were closed Wednesday because of the holiday.
I’ll follow this next week.

Good work Tim, you really bird-dogged this one! I saw the sign getting taken down and I didn't know what the cluck was going on!

Silver_Girl writes:

in response to Notthesame:

how about a popeyes or bojangles in Naples.

A Popeye's franchise is much needed down here. Love their cajun flare! But now I think about it, any restaurant that will offer good cajun food in my opinion would be welcomed! Quite frankly when it comes to KFC, we prefer Publix fried chicken.

collier34 writes:

The Estero Red Robin has some of the worst service I have ever experienced!!! Been there a few times hoping for better results, but each visit disappointed.

staghorn writes:

Is Red Robin opening a Naples location?
The answer is ...... NO!
popeyes or bojangles in Naples?
again the answer is ...... NO!

why is the answer NO?
ask the party of NO!

Active Registered Voters as of 07/04/2012
Republicans: 89,299

Here4Now writes:

Yes, I believe the KFC in da Ghetto and the one on 41 near the Bur-rito line are doing fine. I love KFC - total guilty pleasure. The mash potatoes and gravy qualify as their own food group! But alas, I only get to enjoy it about once every year or so.

Max_Headroom writes:

'Mission-accomplished" said

'Active Registered Voters as of 07/04/2012
Republicans: 89,299'

Democrats: 5. Due to the purge.

philherup writes:

I don't even think KFC classifies as real food, its processed slop. Popeyes is far better and red robin is yum.

volochine writes:

in response to philherup:

I don't even think KFC classifies as real food, its processed slop. Popeyes is far better and red robin is yum.

You cannot be serious! KFC, Popeyes, and Red Robin are all public chain stores dedicated more to stockholders than to consumers, and that is okay.

But to draw a line of difference, other than spices, is wrong. These are chain stores for convenience, not taste and high quality.

By the way, Yum Brands has returned 19% ROI over the last 4 years. That is the only thing that matters to a chain.

gotero writes:

in response to staghorn:

Is Red Robin opening a Naples location?
The answer is ...... NO!
popeyes or bojangles in Naples?
again the answer is ...... NO!

why is the answer NO?
ask the party of NO!

Active Registered Voters as of 07/04/2012
Republicans: 89,299

I knew it had to be Bush's fault!!!!
I am sure that the business uncertainty resulting from this administration's policies had nothing to do with it.

But again they migh be choosing more profitable locations.

gotero writes:

in response to Max_Headroom:

'Mission-accomplished" said

'Active Registered Voters as of 07/04/2012
Republicans: 89,299'

Democrats: 5. Due to the purge.

After they removed all the non citizens and dead people who always voted a straight democratic ticket?

JaneBond0007 writes:

Well, leave it to the bigots of Naples to turn even a burger joint story into something racist by suggesting in their--note the word in its context is spelled correctly--thinly veiled comments about demographics and fried chicken. FC is enjoyed by folks from all walks of life and can be purchased at any grocery store in Collier County, including Publix stores that border exclusive golf course communities; if it appealed only to those who live in lower income neighborhoods, as suggested in some posts, then Publix stores in affluent areas wouldn't find it feasible to sell it. And the only burger I have eaten at a fast food establishment that doesn't make me ill afterwards can be found at Steak and Shake, who knew? BTW, I can't take it anymore: their=a possessive which indicates ownership; there=a place; they’re=a contraction for they are. Next lesson will be on the proper use of to, too, and two.

jt1120 writes:

Why would anyone want to go to Red Robin for a burger? They're frozen, pre-fabbed chunks of horrid meat! If a burger is not hand-pattied and fresh, forget it. You'd do better to buy a box of frozen burgers from Sweetbay (never go to Publix) and grill them up yourself. Sadly, very few places do burgers right anymore.

SandnSurf writes:

in response to Silver_Girl:

A Popeye's franchise is much needed down here. Love their cajun flare! But now I think about it, any restaurant that will offer good cajun food in my opinion would be welcomed! Quite frankly when it comes to KFC, we prefer Publix fried chicken.

My family prefer's Publix fried chicken too. KFC quality is nothing like it was when I was a kid and on that rare occassion we ate out.

Klaatu writes:

Red Robin..........YUCK !!!!!

dab writes:

in response to volochine:

You cannot be serious! KFC, Popeyes, and Red Robin are all public chain stores dedicated more to stockholders than to consumers, and that is okay.

But to draw a line of difference, other than spices, is wrong. These are chain stores for convenience, not taste and high quality.

By the way, Yum Brands has returned 19% ROI over the last 4 years. That is the only thing that matters to a chain.

The 19% ROI - as you put it - is possible because Red Robin satisfies its customers. No customers = no ROI or profits. So, trust me, there is more than profit to ANY business. Red Robin is doing something right if they're pulling off profits in the Obama economy - and customers ARE their primary concern.

FreshFace writes:

Honestly, that pizza at Naples Pizza was DISGUSTING the one time we got it. It may be better now as we tried it when it first opened. I cannot speak of their desserts though.

volochine writes:

in response to dab:

The 19% ROI - as you put it - is possible because Red Robin satisfies its customers. No customers = no ROI or profits. So, trust me, there is more than profit to ANY business. Red Robin is doing something right if they're pulling off profits in the Obama economy - and customers ARE their primary concern.

Private companies care about their real customers. Public companies have to please stockholders first , and customers second. Red Robin has a nice business formula. We just watched a pizzeria change allegiances because the franchise owner cared more about his customers than the HEADQUARTERS DIRECTIVES. Headquarters is looking at the stock price.

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