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What the “Locals” are Saying about Soft Opening Week and the New Website at the Cortez Kitchen

| Sande Caplin |

It’s been a fabulous “Soft Opening Week” at the Cortez Kitchen in Cortez, Florida.  The restaurant which has been closed for renovations for almost 5 months is just about back in full swing!

General Manager, Adam Sears said “everything is running as well as can be expected.  Customer traffic has been steady even with the inclement weather, and the overall reaction by people coming in has been great!  It’s nice to see the “locals” coming back to the Kitchen.”  Adam made it a point to thank Swordfish Grill Manager, Katrina Cox.  “She is our behind-the-scenes-person who made sure all of the ordering of equipment was done on time and has the tough job of chasing down vendors, handling payroll and so much more.” He also wanted to mention long-time Swordfish supporter, local Cortezian and fabulous graphic designer, Rose Lipke, who developed all of the signage for the restaurant in a way that only Rose can do. 

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Manager, Lily Banyas said “I am really happy the way things have been going this week.  Our staff has done really well learning the new ordering system and details about our wonderful menu.  I look forward to seeing the regulars and new customers at our restaurant.”

Owner, John Banyas- “A lot of hard work has gone into this renovation.  I am just so happy to see so many people that I know coming in and enjoying the new atmosphere and having a good time.  That’s what it’s all about!”

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The Food!  The overall reaction from the locals stopping by the Cortez Kitchen that I spoke to was outstanding!  Favorites so far?  Everyone is talking about how great the “Smoked Wings” are.  That seems to be the number 1 favorite followed by Fried Okra,  Braised Short Ribs, Mahi Sandwich, and Pete’s Pressed Cuban.  My favorite?  The Soft-Shell Crab Sandwich.  Great job and great menu put together by Culinary Wizard and a really nice guy, James Rodgers.

The Website – While fully operational (more work to be done), the new website by our team at Sande Caplin & Associates contains all of the information you are looking for.  Two highlights of the website are the menu and entertainment sections.  Check it out today!

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Grand Opening!  The official “Grand Opening” of the Cortez Kitchen is Sunday, January 14.  The highlight of the day will be music sensations, “Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones from 4-7pm.  Doug said, “we are just so excited to be back at the Kitchen, our home base!”

See everyone on Sunday!  The Suncoast Post will be out taking photos.  Be there for some great photo-ops!

Photos from The Suncoast Post.

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