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New name, new look for former Gulfshore Grill

November 1, 2017
Jessica Salmond - News Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Have you been missing popular island hang-out, the Gulfshore Grill? Well, shucks - or shall we say, Shuckers?

The former eatery has a new name and a whole new look. Shucker's at the Gulfshore officially opened Oct. 20 after a three-month renovation, transforming the old Gulfshore Grill into a modern raw bar with a little old Florida charm.

New windows were installed inside that can fold up, expanding the bar area into an open air concept. The remodel added more seating areas around the custom-made bar top.

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The new open-air concept allows visitors to get out of the sun but enjoy the Gulf breeze and views.

"We wanted to make sure everyone has a view no matter where they're sitting," said Palma Frable, the marketing director for the restaurant.

Reclaimed barn wood and tin give the indoor space a rustic yet chic feel.

Many of Gulfshore Grill's menu items are still featured on the new Shucker's list, such as its selection of fresh seafood, salads and appetizers. Its most popular items, such as the stuffed Gulf grouper, are still there for loyal patrons to enjoy. But its newest feature is its true raw bar, where customers can sit at the bar and watch the bartender prepare oysters right before their eyes.

The drink menu has gotten a classy refresh as well; Shuckers will serve signature craft cocktails as well as beer and wine.

The property that encompasses Shucker's, The Cottage and the Beach Bar, three separate entities, has a long and colorful history on Fort Myers Beach. In 1921 the property was purchased and converted to a casino, and opened the same day as the old Matanzas Pass Bridge.

Then, since the 40s, it's been several different restaurant and hotel combos before remaining a restaurant.

Dana Gosford is one of the managing partners now, and her father bought the property in the 80s. The historic Fort Myers Beach business has a habit of keeping locals around: Jay Urseleo was the contractor for the project, and was born on Fort Myers Beach.

The other businesses within the property also got a refreshed menu and new logos, but the Cottage and Beach Bar vibes are staying the same. It's a go-with-the-flow concept; Shuckers will have live music every day from 4 to 7 p.m., and the fun continues at The Cottage at 8 p.m.

"This is our first significant remodel," Frable said. "We're keeping it very beach and family friendly."

Shuckers is located at 1270 Estero Blvd.



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