New Corner Spot Diner + Drink brings nostalgia to Bonita Springs –

A new casual dining spot in Bonita Springs likes to take guests to a simpler time with all-day brunch from its gourmet kitchen and cocktails handmade in its full tank.

The Corner Spot Diner + Drink is open to the public August 2 in a corner of a small L-shaped store occupied by C Level Restaurant & Cocktail Bar in 4450 Bonita Beach Road, about one mile from the Gulf Coast. Punch-look Christmas Willhite designed his The nostalgic menu revolves around Americana classics using local produce for seasonal changes.

“It will be a menu for all days with a tradition restaurant There will be an all-day brunch menu with sandwiches and salads, and then we’ll have dinner. the tables but we offer fresh bread service and things like that,” Willhite said. “Everything will be made from scratch in-house. The idea is wine, traditional American food, so we’re really after that early American cooking, vintage cocktails, all handmade, that go well with all the food we’re doing. another.

The menu offers basic and simple dishes such as muscle tissue and Cups, berries cMason jar obblers and pies, appetizers like tavern ham and white cheddar dumplings, and pages featuring Duchess Sweet yeast rolls, German Potato and Apple Cider Salad. Some of the traditional dinner salads and appetizers are some of the items found at early American dinner parties.Wilhite saidwhose motivation is for from his grandmother.

“My grandmother used to make pork grandmother food,” he said. “We are very happy to have the basics of cooking in advance. This is our 100-year old bring inside restaurant.”

Some of the recipes date back to the past America when the food was distributedso natural sweeteners will be used to limit the need for sugar. “There are There are very few possibilities in our kitchen. We have very few original appliances in our kitchen,” Willhite said.

Willhite got it the food Cut to draw attention to what he calls a casual dining area. He was previously general manager and executive chef of the Marlins Brewhouse locations in Fort Myers, a chef at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point and Spring Run. land Club and earn it was found commercial kitchen responsible inside Chicago, Las Vegas, Maui and Washington, DC He grew up in Kensington, Maryland, a town outside of DC, and moved with his family to the Naples area at the age of 15 before he culinary school in Tallahassee. “I moved away before I lived here and started a family,” Willhite said.

Opening his own restaurant is one effort to ground down. “I’ve been cooking for 20 years now, helping to open other people’s restaurants, helping to manage other people’s restaurants. I never did anything on my own, so this is what I’m saying, here we are and we ready,” Willhite said. “This is my dream. Our heart and soul he going to this.

Ironically, the COVID-19 pandemic almost brought Willhite to throw in the towel on his long career. “I actually left the business and I don’t intend to come back,” he said. “I’m fired up, really.”

After 18 months, opportunities arose to start a food truck, which Willhite intended to do, but he turned to the restaurant idea when he found the restaurant in Bonita Oaks Square. . “I’ve been here once. This place is a big bone,” he said.

Sharky’s Pizza Pub closed in April after operating for six years. The corner lot used to be the home of Gatsby’s Pizza before the local pizzeria reopened a block away. Beautiful Beach Road.

Willhite saw the irony of throwing a Great Gatsby dinner and cocktail party in a space that became Gatsby. “If you google the great Gatsby dinner table or cocktail party, it’s not far from what we’re doing in this house,” he said. “Beef Wellington and gin martinis and stuff like that. That’s the kind of thing we’re going through.

Corner Spot will focus on classic cocktails, he said Dave Allen, the area’s general manager and mixologist, moved from Ireland to Southwest Florida several years ago. “During that era, there were some really good things coming out of the woodwork,” Allen said. “I’m very happy with this.”

The creators of Corner Spot don’t want to label the concept as fine dining even though it serves high-quality food and cocktails. “We will serve good food at a reasonable price. I can promise that,” Willhite said. “We will release what works in a Michelin restaurant but at a normal price.”

One of efforts for the new restaurant a family. Wilhite and her 13-year-old daughter enjoys eating breakfast for dinner. After Metro Diner and Perkin’s on Bonita Beach Road closed, he got the idea to start a restaurant. “I was kind of funny at the time, and here we were opening a restaurant,” he said. “We want it to be the kind of place you can bring your daughter, bring your kids, bring your family and, whether you’re going to the beach or coming from beach and shoes etc. This is a classic recipe.

Although the old restaurant is closed, Willhite will use it new technologies and types of classes to demonstrate homestyle cooking, drawing parallels between the macroeconomic conditions of the past and today. “The goal is really about our supply-chain problem right now. It’s scary for the public. We’re going through some very scary times.,” he said. “We do not intend to buy people out of the market. We want to be important in the community.

Corner Location working hour from 10 am to 9 pm Tuesday through Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm Sunday, and close on Monday. Outdoor dining available.

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