Greek restaurant Estia replaces Bokamper’s in northern Naples –

An upscale restaurant coming to North Naples next year aims to transport diners to a superb Mediterranean house in the greek islands.

Estia, planning to transform the recently closed space of Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill, will be the first in Florida for the Pashali family, which operates a catering group including three Estia Greek-Mediterranean restaurants in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area. Brothers and sisters Anastasia and Gus Pashali are part of the Greek family involved in the expansion of Naples.My brother and I are first generation,” Anastasia Pashali said. “My parents and my uncle immigrated to the United States in the 1970s.

We are very excited and looking forward to serving everyone in the Naples area,” she says. “The decor and the food will make you feel like you are on a Greek island. The interior will be light and airy. We will offer simply grilled whole fish with lamb, which is often eaten in Greece.

Family fell in love with the beaches and the landscape from Napoli area when they visited two years ago. “We saw that there was no Greek restaurant like ours and decided to start looking for dining spaces.” Pashali said. “We also have a lot of customers from our current restaurants who have vacation homes in Naples. They were always asking us, ‘When are you going to open in Florida?’ Well, the time has finally come!

The gourmet restaurant, designed for raise traditional greek to go beyond a casual affair, set to launch in fall 2023. Expect wines from all over Greece and one cocktail program with fresh juices and native Greek spirits such as mastiha, Metaxa and ouzo.

donna Goldstein, who divides his time between houses in Naples and Township of Egg Harbor, New JerseySaid Estia is one of them favorite eating places. You walk in and you feel like you’re in Greece,” said Goldstein, who visited twice the european republic. “IIt’s upscale and intimate and the food is phenomenal. It’s authentic.

Estia guests are greeted by whitewashed houses brick walls with rich woods and warm lighting. Whole seafood is displayed on ice near the dining area. “I feel like in an old Greek tavern, said Goldstein, who think the restaurant concept will work well in Naples, that it visits in season from January to May. “We are delighted to have opened them in Naples. Naples needs an amazing Greek restaurant and that’s it!

The restaurant specializes in grilled whole fish imported from the Greek islands, Moroccan, Tunisian and Portuguese coasts and purchased from independent fishermen. “Think octopus, fresh fish, lamb chops, house specialties like moussaka and pastitsio. No gyros here“, said Goldstein. They make a whole bar like a branzino. They do it over a wood fire. Their lamb is amazing.

Estia Chips – thinly sliced ​​eggplant and zucchini lightly fried and served with a tzatziki dip– are one of Pashali‘ personal favorites on the menu. “They are addictive and you can’t eat just one,” she said.

A description of Estia restaurants gives an idea of ​​planned renovations inside the North Naples site on a pond with water features on the northern edge of Vanderbilt Beach Road, just west of Airport-Pulling Road. “The warm ambience is accentuated by an interior courtyard, with whitewashed walls, a deep blue ceiling and a living olive tree that symbolizes the gift of the Greek goddess Athena to the citizens of Athens,” according to media reports. social d’Estia. “We used materials such as hand-chiseled Jerusalem limestone floors, hand-woven rugs, vaulted ceilings, antique stucco walls, wooden floors and exposed beams to evoke the traditional feel. . A series of dining rooms feature rustic farmhouse tables, dark wood chairs with beige throw pillows, and dining nooks with upholstered banquettes.

Aegean Estiatorio Inc. purchased the Restaurant and bar area of ​​10,500 square feet of PDKN Restaurant Group, the parent company of Plantation Bokamper’swhich permanently closed its north Naples site last month after operating it for more than a decade. PDKNoperated by former Miami Dolphins player Kim bokamper and three other partners, sold the Vanderbilt Gallery condominium unit at 8990 Fontana Del Sol Road for $4,675,000. The real estate transaction was brokered by Patrick Fraley and David Stevens of Investment Properties Corp. from Napoli.

Built in 2001, the nearly 300 seats The restaurant property opened as Sanibel Steakhouse before becoming The Keg Steakhouse & Bar in 2008 and Bokamper’s early 2011. Bokamper’s restoration group bought the commercial condominium for $2.65 million in June 2010. IPC’s Stevens also managed this transaction.

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