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Doc Ford’s Career Fair draws good response

By Staff | Oct 20, 2010

During Monday's Career Fair at Doc Ford’s Fort Myers Beach, general manager Dan Howes, right, interviews job candidate Marjorie Devane.

On Oct. 18, the management team of Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar & Grille, Doc Ford’s Fort Myers Beach and The Beached Whale, also on Fort Myers Beach, held a Career Fair to interview candidates for careers with all three restaurants.

According to Dan Howes, general manager for the restaurant group, approximately 50 job applicants attended the Career Fair. More than 200 applications were submitted via the Internet.

Howes added that the group is looking to fill approximately 60 openings between now and the start of “season” amongst the three restaurants.

From its inception on Sanibel Island five years ago, Doc Ford’s has focused on success and growth, fostered by support for their employees whose goal is to make eating at any of the company’s restaurants a rewarding experience.

The restaurant built a strong following at its location on Rabbit Road and, after becoming known as one of Sanibel’s favorite and unique places to eat, the company branched out to open Doc Ford’s Fort Myers Beach, completely renovating and refurbishing the site of the former Bridge Restaurant.

Marjorie Devane fills out an employment application at Doc Ford's Fort Myers Beach location.

The waterfront location, under the bridge at Matanzas Pass, adds a nautical flavor to lunch and dinner, with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the boat traffic through the Pass. Now, Doc Ford’s Fort Myers Beach has acquired its own group of fans and regular diners.

In the interim, the company purchased property at 1249 Estero Blvd. on Fort Myers Beach, renovated and opened it as The Beached Whale, a sports bar and restaurant with a rooftop view of the Gulf from its famous Lookout Lounge.