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Blue Coyote opens to the public at Sanibel Island Golf Club

By Staff | Dec 17, 2013

Blue Coyote's bar is backlit with blue lights creating a unique atmosphere at night. Mckenzie Cassidy.

The Blue Coyote Supper Club, a successful private club in Fort Myers for over a decade, opened to the public at the Sanibel Island Golf Club on Monday, Nov. 4.

It offers the same style of cuisine as the Fort Myers club, what proprietor Mitch Schwenke calls a “continental drift – American with a touch of French, Asian and south of the border.”

The club features small plates such as Wild Mushroom and Braised Beef Ravioli, Seared Diver Scallops with Pancetta and Bourbon Maple Glaze, and Caprese Salad. Entrees include aged steaks, the restaurant’s signature Kurobuta Coyote (pork) Chop, Colorado Lamb Chops, Achiote Grilled Shrimp with Roasted Tomato Cream and Blue Coyote Stew (scallops, shrimp, andouille in a savory broth with penne, black beans, roasted tomatoes and chorizo). There is also a full bar and a global wine list.

“I’ve always wanted to open another Blue Coyote, to expand on the concept and open it up to the public,” said Schwenke. “I wanted to build this great, aesthetically pleasing concept that will look and feel similar to the original.”

As is the case at the private club, which remains open in the Caloosa Yacht & Racquet Club in Fort Myers, the Sanibel restaurant’s dcor showcases the art and philosophy of Markus Pierson, who creates the anthropomorphic coyotes from which the club derives its name and its colorful decor. The Sanibel restaurant also contains a stunning glass chandelier in the style of renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly. Many of the paintings, prints and sculptures by Pierson are available for purchase.

Private dining for 20 in The Viceroy Room. Mckenzie Cassidy.

The Viceroy Room affords private dining for 20. There’s a casual but well-appointed cocktail lounge with a bar and high tops as well as outside seating for 12.

The 155-seat restaurant is at the Sanibel Island Golf Club (sanibelislandgc.com) on 1100 Par View Drive, serving lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., dinner from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday to Thursday, and dinner from 5-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Reservations are recommended. Call 472-9222.

In addition to Schwenke, the management team includes his long-time collaborator Corey Swarthout, who serves as partner and wine director. The kitchen is headed up by Executive Chef Patrick Fitz, formerly of Sundial Beach Resort and Spa.

For more information, visit the Blue Coyote Supper Club Sanibel’s Facebook page or contact Mitch Schwenke at 472-9222.

Some of the interesting pieces of art hanging on the walls of the Blue Coyote. Mckenzie Cassidy.