Founders Bistro will have new chef, management team when it reopens

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Since closing Aug. 9, The Founders Bistro will have a new chef and management team when the North Naples restaurant reopens Sept. 26. Chef Tony Newton and his wife, Kathy, have replaced Chef Don Splain and Axel Rios, who launched the chef-driven, farm-to-plate restaurant Feb. 21 just before the pandemic put the industry in a tailspin. The Newtons are best known locally as the couple who launched Fred’s Diner in Uptown Center in early 2008 and operated the local restaurant, eventually renamed Fred’s Food, Fun & Spirits, for more than eight years. Tony Newton also previously was executive chef at The Turtle Club restaurant at Vanderbilt Beach Resort. The Founders’ menu and concept are being overhauled but details have not been released yet. 

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