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FMB landmark ‘revived’ by Doc Ford’s of Sanibel

By Staff | Feb 18, 2009

Sanibel’s popular Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill is scheduled to open another dining location on Fort Myers Beach this spring.

The establishment, named for the fictional character created by New York Times best-selling author Randy Wayne White, will be moving into the building that was occupied by another local landmark, The Bridge restaurant.

The new Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill venture is a partnership between Marty and Brenda Harrity, owners of the original Doc Ford’s, and Mark Marinello of Sanibel.

All parties, including author White, are very enthusiastic about the restaurant located near the foot of the Matanzas Pass Bridge. And they’re not alone.

Captains Bobby and Jody, owner/operator of Beachcomber Tours, Inc. commented, “It’s great that Doc Ford’s took over. They’ve had a lot of experience in the business and we’re looking forward to them coming to the area.”

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill is a favorite with Sanibel residents and tourists alike and its popularity is not limited to the island. Fort Myers is filled with folks who travel over the Sanibel Causeway to enjoy the great food and atmosphere, sports bar and, of course, the best mojito’s in town. This un-typical sports bar was the winner of the 2008 Best of the Islands Awards for “Best Restaurant for Dinner” and “Best Chef.”

According to the Harrity’s, diners can look forward to the same fresh and flavorful produce, meats and seafood that are served up with a tropical flair and which have become a fundamental part of the fare that draws so many to the Sanibel location.

Check this newspaper and the Doc Ford’s Web site – www.docfordsofsanibel.com – for more details of the grand opening.