Mulletville hosts first Matlacha Bike Night
The rumbles of Harleys and other bikes were heard Thursday in Matlacha when the island’s first Bike Night took place.
Sponsored by Al and Barb’s Mulletville on Pine Island Road, the event attracted motorcycle enthusiasts from throughout the area.
“We have often gone to Bike Night events and decided that it would be a good idea to hold one here in Matlacha,” said Barb Jones, co-owner of Mulletville. “The other events we have attended were just a bunch of bikers getting together, and we could never understand why the businesses that hold them don’t do anything special, so we added a few things of our own.”
On the first Bike Night, attendees enjoyed light snacks, live music and happy hour specials from 7-10 p.m.
“We are planning to hold the Thursday Bike Nights through the rest of May and if it draws enough interest, we will continue to host them throughout the summer,” said Jones. “We are looking forward to seeing even more new faces. We have a lot of bikers here on the island and in the Cape, and we will rely primarily on word of mouth to get people out here for the evening.”
Currently, the group Whipping Post has signed on to play at each Bike Night held at Mulletville.
“I think this is a great idea and it’s going to be wonderful,” said Donna Page, an attendee Thursday. “I think when more people hear about it, more people will attend and have a good time.”
Motorcycle enthusiast Ron Johnson also enjoyed the first Bike Night in Matlacha.
“I think it’s great that Mulletville is encouraging us to get out and have a good time,” he said. “It’s a great idea and as people know about it, it will only get better.”
Bike Night in Cape Coral has become a traditional seasonal event, and the Joneses hope that patrons of the Mulletville Bike Night will come to think of the Matlacha event in much the same way.
“We have always enjoyed going to Bike Night, meeting new people and sharing stories, but always thought they lacked something,” said Barb Jones. “We hope that by adding drink specials and live music we will be able to offer Bike Night throughout the summer months.”
For more information, call Al and Barb’s Mulletville at 283-5151.