A glowing article by the News-Press food critic, who uses the pen name Jean Le Boeuf, called Gateway the new hot spot for local foodies.
The article touted the arrival of The Saucy Meatball in particular, but also gushed about the under construction Skinny Dogz Brunchery. Receiving honorable mentions were Fine Folk, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Tropical Smoothie Cafe.
Also from the piece: “In March 2013, Fort Myers Brewing Co. chose to launch Lee County’s first-ever microbrewery in the back of a random Gateway warehouse. And a crazy thing happened — people flocked to it.”
The article doesn’t mention China Fusion, Hot Gyros and More or the new Dunkin’ Donuts, which are all under construction at the Sky Walk Plaza.
It is true that just a few short years ago the only restaurants in town were the Boulevard Deli & Tavern and Casa Lupita.
Then came Rock’n Sushi – an instant success and huge hit with sushi lovers from all over SWFL.
A Subway franchise opened in July 2015… then three months later, Fine Folk Pizza opened its doors.
The dust settled for 1 or 2 years, and then it seems as though a group of entrepreneurs all got the same idea at the same time… and each of them decided to build a new restaurant in Gateway.
First came the announcements for what is now The Saucy Meatball, then Sky Walk (Moe’s and Tropical Smoothie – with Hot Gyros, China Fusion and Dunkin in build-out) and now Skinny Dogz Brunchery.
Le Boeuf called the recent explosion of restaurants “just the beginning of what’s next for Gateway.”
“If these restaurants continue to succeed, I see more top-quality restaurants filing in, and more hungry diners flocking to an area that could finally become an ‘it place’,” added Le Boeuf.
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If you’re a restauranteur looking for a spot to build a new location… and you just read the News-Press article and are thinking to yourself: “GATEWAY!” ….
… I don’t mean to sound negative, but … I think it’s best if you let our stomachs digest a little bit first.
When all existing projects are complete, our community will have gone from 5 restaurants to 12 in about six months.
Gateway has a nice blend of restaurant categories from a sports bar and deli, to sushi, Mexican, Italian a few quick-serve restaurants, and a future Greek place, Chinese food, Dunkin and a restaurant that will specialize in breakfast. Oh, and we also have a brand new shiny supermarket with its own deli to top it all off.
Obviously this is only my opinion, but I think we need a year off from any more restaurants coming to Gateway. Probably even two years.
That’s not to say Gateway couldn’t use some other kinds of businesses. An urgent care maybe? Some kind of entertainment option?
There’s lots of possibilities in this town. So please don’t get me wrong… I’m not trying to shun development.
I’m just saying that when it comes to restaurants, at least for now, I believe Gateway has had our fill.