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Holy Smokes: It is a new owner

By Staff | Jan 18, 2013

From left: Bob Walter, managing director of South Seas Island Resort; Sanibel author Randy Wayne White, who created the Doc Ford character in his best-selling novels; Mark Marinello; Brenda and Marty Harrity, who is taking over Holy Smokes Heavenly BBQ and owns Doc Ford's restaurants on Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach; and Rick Hayduk, outgoing managing director of SSIR and who helped make the transition happen.

In an announcement on Jan. 18, the owner of Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille on Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach announced he was taking over Holy Smokes Heavenly BBQ at Chadwick’s Square on Captiva Island. Marty Harrity said renovations to the restaurant that was part of South Seas Island Resort are scheduled to begin Feb. 1 with the work being done by Mark Anderson of Benchmark.

“There is wonderful tradition here,” said Harrity of Chadwick’s Square. “We want it to be what it was and we won’t stop until we are there….This is a wonderful opportunity for both of us.”

Look for the full story in the next edition of the Island Reporter.