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What you should know about the closure of two Collier County restaurants in September

September tends to be a time of social media rumormongering regarding restaurant closures. Actually, given it is the slowest time of yr and when Hurricanes Irma (2017) and Ian (2022) hit, many house owners reap the benefits of using the time for vacation and repairs.

But, sometimes rumors are true. Unfortunately for devoted guests, two local family-owned restaurants spanning Collier County have shuttered for good.

North Naples

The Pearl on Airport-Pulling Road, just south of Vanderbilt Beach Road, served its last pints, steaks, and crustaceans on Sept. 16 to what looked like a full-ish house. The restaurant was best known for its midweek all-you-can-eat snow crab deal.

The Pearl received a good review from JLB five years ago, just a few months after it opened on July 31, 2018.

As she described it, “The place exudes a complicated tavern, with dark and moody woods, modern lighting fixtures, and glittery menus organized into land and sea entrees. And it is a true family affair. General Manager James Miller and his sister, Jillian, are on the helm of the brand new restaurant, closely supported by their parents, Bob and Patti. Uncle Richie Miller, a Culinary Institute of America grad, is the chief chef, and he’s doing improbable things within the kitchen.”

The Miller family previously owned Everglades City’s Oyster House for 30 years until Hurricane Irma in 2017 made repairs difficult.

It replaced Stonewood Grill & Tavern, which closed in January 2018.

Multiple requests for comment went unanswered.

A on the market sign outside was noticed on a 3rd visit.

On Marco Island

Susan Ackerson, who alongside husband Tom and son Tommy owns Old Marco Pub on Bald Eagle Drive, confirmed the restaurant is closed, having served its last supper on Sept. 23.

Its name was somewhat a misnomer; though casual in feel, the menu was more gastropub-ish with prices to match versus traditional pub grub.

A reader who attended the ultimate evening shared that a great crowd stayed up late to bid adieu past the normal 9 p.m. “Marco Midnight”.

The Ackersons opened their restaurant, among the many Island’s oldest, in 2000.

What she’ll miss most?

“Our employees and the shoppers who became longtime friends,” said Ackerson.

The shrimp scampi from Old Marco Pub, Marco Island.

That features head Chef Faustino, known on the restaurant as Tino, who began working on the restaurant when he was in highschool. He now has high-school-aged kids himself.

Snook Inn reopens Oct. 2: Luigi Carvelli says Snook Inn is a landmark that’s special to Marco Island

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