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Doc Ford's offers job fair for new Captiva eatery

July 8, 2013
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The menu is set, the renovation continues to move forward, and hiring is ongoing for the third and newest Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille, on beautiful Captiva Island, outside of the South Seas Island Resort entrance.

Managers continue to hire staff and will hold job fairs at their Fort Myers Beach location Tuesday, July 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. Interested persons can also apply in person at either of the two existing locations.

When the restaurant opens to the general public later this summer, it will occupy the former Holy Smoke Heavenly Barbecue, with seating for more than 300 guests.

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The all-new Doc Ford’s Captiva is going through a full renovation of the old premises, and plans have been coming together smoothly. The restaurant is hosting two job fairs at its FMB location for employment on Captiva. Photo courtesy DOC FORDS CAPTIVA

Seating will include outdoor patio tables and three separate dining rooms one with a stage and bar, another holding the main bar, and the third decorated with historic photographs of South Seas and other parts of the island.

"The anticipation is mounting on both sides of the story," said general manager Jean Crenshaw, who has managed Doc Ford's Sanibel Rum Bar and Grille for more than 10 years. "We've been seeing a lot of people from Captiva in our Sanibel restaurant in recent months, checking out our food and drinks excited to see us open on Captiva. I am looking forward to welcoming guests who have not dined with us before."

The menu at the Captiva Island Doc Ford's will pretty much mirror that of the Sanibel restaurant except for the addition of flatbreads, she added, which the restaurateurs introduced at their second location on Fort Myers Beach.

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Like the first two restaurants, the third will serve tropical cuisine and cocktails inspired by the Doc Ford series of murder mysteries by New York Times bestselling novelist and Sanibel resident Randy Wayne White.

The atmosphere, too, will be similar, with cozy booths, sports TVs in some of the rooms, and lots of warm wood. The restaurant will host live entertainment on its stage every weekend, said Crenshaw.

Chef Greg Nelson, the original chef at Doc Ford's Sanibel and most recently the executive chef at the Fort Myers Beach location, joins Crenshaw on the management team, under the ownership of Sanibel residents Marty Harrity and Mark Marinello.

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Managers continue to hire staff and will hold job fairs at their Fort Myers Beach location Tuesday, July 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. Interested persons can also apply in person at either of the two existing locations.

"We are thrilled about our upcoming opening on Captiva," Mary said. "Our new venture with South Seas Island Resort has our entire team at Doc Ford's very excited."

For more info, visit DocFords.com or find the group on Facebook.

 
 

 

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