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Shucker’s reopens Cottage Bar

Fort Myers Beach seafood restaurant opens up entertainment venue for weekends

By Staff | Sep 3, 2020

It’s called Shucker’s at the Gulfshore and The Cottage Bar but this summer the second half of the Estero Boulevard seafood restaurant has been laying dormant, until now.

The Cottage Bar, which is the music and entertainment spot centered around a bar at the beachfront property, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday to announce that the fun spot is back.

With the band Soapy Tuna playing songs by The Allman Brothers Band and Oasis, Shucker’s General Manager Brian Nagle showed off some of the renovations downstairs at the cabana as well as new picnic tables outside on the sand. “The cottage is an icon,” he said.

The Fort Myers Beach establishment is divided into essentially threee different venues which feature three bars, a dining room and the cabana. The new cabana is on the beachfront side of the downstairs bar, with new couches and big-screen television sets. “It’s a unique opportunity with all of the outdoor space,” Nagle said. Every Sunday, there is beach yoga, he said. “Spiritual wellness is at the forefront” of the minds of guests, he said.

The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce coordinated the event. Chamber president Jacki Liszak said it was the chamber’s first organized after-hour networking event since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March. The chamber raffled off Shucker’s gift cards, wine and Captiva Cruises tickets to Cabbage Key, as food and drinks were served.

The property is historic, having been the home of a casino constructed in 1921. Nagle said Shucker’s will be having “the biggest birthday” in May to celebrate its centennial with a “Roaring Twenties” theme.

“This is a second home to so many,” Nagle said. “It’s more than just a dive bar.”

Liszak said the establishment has “the best music, the best vibe.”

For now, The Cottage Bar will be opened on Friday and Saturday until midnight with live music, Nagle said. “We’ll see how it goes.” The rest of the restaurant is open seven days a week.

The seafood restaurant’s menu is expected to be revamped this month, Nagle said. The restaurant, like many others, did not come running out of the gate following the COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants and bars this spring. “It was tough at first,” Nagle said. Nagle said his numbers were up last week.

“People want to come out,” Liszak said. “They want to be safe.”

For more information on the Shucker’s at the Gulfshore and The Cottage Bar, visit https://www.restaurantji.com/fl/fort-myers-beach/shuckers-at-the-gulfshore-and-the-cottage-bar-/.