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Chamber celebrates opening of new Blue Giraffe location

By CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - | Feb 12, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Chamber representatives join Blue Giraffe staff for a ribbon-cutting celebration.

On Feb. 5, the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce celebrated the December opening of the Blue Giraffe’s second location at 1100 Par View Drive, adjacent to the Sanibel Island Golf Course Shop. Under the ownership of Geoffrey and Flavia Letendre, the restaurant has been serving its brand of island-inspired American cuisine at Periwinkle Place for four years.

“The opportunity to engage more with the Sanibel community through a second location drove our decision,” Brad MacKenzie, clubhouse and public relations manager, said. “The menu is similar to our Periwinkle Place restaurant, but has quite a few different menu options.”

The Blue Giraffe at Beachview Estates also has different hours: lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Its daily happy hour runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It also has seasonal live music every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. through March.

Like the original location, it offers a full bar and SanCap Safe pandemic protocols with a pet-friendly patio. It seats 30 outside and 58 inside its newly renovated dining room and bar. It has seating for 12 in the private dining room and 24 in the clubhouse. The restaurant takes reservations and does take-outs.

“Blue Giraffe has become such a culinary fixture in our community,” chamber President John Lai said. “We are happy to see it expand its wonderful cuisine to the Beachview neighborhood to accommodate golfers, beach-goers and residents.”

“The chamber and the Blue Giraffe have always worked together to promote the preservation of the islands, local character and local businesses,” MacKenzie said. “The chamber helps keep us connected to those groups and our common interests. We are proud to participate in chamber activities and sincerely appreciate the support of the chamber throughout the year.”