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Biddle’s is back in business on the mainland

By Staff | May 17, 2010

After a three-month turnaround and minor little hop from Sanibel Island to the South Fort Myers area, Biddle’s Piano Bar and Restaurant has happily (and quietly) reopened in the former Bennigan’s location at 12984 S. Cleveland Ave., right across the street from the Bell Tower Shops.

“We redid the whole building – inside and out,” said Brenda Biddle, co-owner, along with her husband, Andy. “We kept the same motif as what we had in Sanibel, with the tropical, exotic atmosphere of earth tones, greens and terra cottas. It fit perfectly. We redid the whole bar. It really is nice looking … turned out really beautiful – great lighting, the colors and everything – and the ceiling is just awesome!”

The restaurant had a soft opening in late April, shortly after their inspection “passed with flying colors,” officially began its lunch service Monday, and plans to have a grand reopening in about a month, once all the hustle and bustle of getting back in gear calms down a bit.

“I couldn’t believe all the support we had from our regulars from our Sanibel location,” Brenda said. “We were getting hundreds of emails and calls from locals tracking us down and checking on us.”

Biddles’ full bar boasts a daily happy hour, consisting of two-for-one drinks (top shelf, bottom shelf, you name it) and discounted appetizers.

Lunch is served  from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., dinner is offered from 4 to 10 p.m., and a late menu is available as well, with all the midnight munchies and appetizers you can handle until midnight.

“Our menu is very similar to the original Biddle’s. nice American cuisine, with lots of seafood, steak, duck, veil, lamb chops, at least 20 different appetizers, several pastas, flatbreads, dinner salads, so much great food,” Brenda said. “And, we are extremely honored to have Chef Bruno Ferreyra, a long time employee and friend of 12 years, and Sous Chef, Joshua Spicer, as well as our entire dedicated staff serving you once again.”

Music will soon kick off again nightly, with plenty of live and local musicians making it back to the Biddle’s spotlight, including Soli and Andre and more, beginning around 7 p.m.

 “We invite you to wine, dine and relax with us once again,” Brenda said. “Hope to see you all again very soon.”

Reservations are suggested. For more information or to make a reservation, call the restaurant at 239-433-4449.