Q: Twin Peaks at Coastland has not broken ground yet. Any update on when it’s opening? — Kathy Pope, Naples
A: Twin Peaks is still in the city of Naples permitting process for its location planned at Coastland Center mall but its regional franchise group expects to finally open the restaurant and sports bar there in 2023.
“We thought that we were days from receiving our building permit, however, after the hurricane, the building department has only been reviewing structures that were affected by the storm,” said Fred Burgess, co-CEO of DMD Ventures, a Florida-based company that develops, owns and operates restaurants and other hospitality brands. “We hope that they issue our building permit shortly and then we’ll open about six to seven months after it’s issued. We want to open more than your readers want us to open.”
The proposed 10,530-square-foot Twin Peaks restaurant and bar will front Golden Gate Parkway on a vacant outparcel abutting the north side of the mall’s parking garage across from Naples High School and immediately east of CMX CinéBistro. “Coming soon” signs have marked the spot for nearly a year.
Plans show a freestanding restaurant with about 8,650 square feet under air and about 1,880 square feet of outdoor patio. The Texas-based national chain features a wilderness lodge theme with a menu of American comfort food and 29-degree beer on tap. The restaurant’s name and slogan, “Eats. Drinks. Scenic Views,” play on a double entendre nod to its Twin Peaks Girls servers with revealing red plaid tops.
DMD, which has exclusive development rights in southern Florida for the restaurant brand, launched its Lee County location for Twin Peaks in 2015 on the northwest corner of Ben Hill Griffin Parkway and Alico Road. Originally, Twin Peaks had plans to launch the first regional location in Collier County but the project has encountered numerous setbacks over the years.
DMD first had plans to build Twin Peaks on land it purchased on Naples Boulevard in North Naples but changed its plans after not being able to strike an agreement to connect to the parking lot of the adjacent Dick’s Sporting Goods. Then, after shifting to the Coastland Center location, the city didn’t approve the project’s corporate lodge façade. The Naples Design Review Board sent the dark, rustic look of the initial architectural design back to the drawing board. Twin Peaks retooled its plans to meet the established design standards and lighter colors of the mall’s planned development.
Q: Any updates on Mission BBQ in Naples? — Chris Wowk, Naples
A: Mission BBQ is still in its pre-construction phase but the American fast-casual restaurant chain is targeted to open during the first quarter of 2023 in the Promenade at Naples Centre in North Naples.
Mission BBQ’s future location, 5795 Airport-Pulling Road, is an outparcel lot between Culver’s and Chick-fil-A drive-thru restaurants. That space in front of Golf Galaxy formerly was a SunTrust bank, but the branch office closed in 2020 shortly after SunTrust merged with BB&T to form Truist.
Collier County’s Growth Management Department approved the site development plan in mid-August, so Mission BBQ will begin construction soon on its first location in Collier County. To create the proposed 4,587-square-foot restaurant, the building will be enlarged by 565 square feet. The 121-seat restaurant will include partially covered patio dining.
Although the North Naples location will be the first in Collier County for Mission BBQ, the Maryland-based chain is opening its second location soon in Lee County. It’s launching a location next month in Cape Coral Commons on the northwest corner of Pine Island Road and Del Prado Boulevard in Cape Coral. The new Mission BBQ is targeted to open Nov. 15, joining other tenants such as First Watch, Firehouse Subs, Crumbl Cookies, PJ’s Coffee, Love Boat Ice Cream, Visionworks, Paragon Healthcare, Le Nails and Tire Kingdom in the new retail center at 1519 NE Pine Island Road. Another multitenant building also will be built and three vacant lots will still be developed on that corner.
Mission BBQ’s only other area location opened in May 2015 on Cleveland Avenue in south Fort Myers. The patriotic barbecue chain has more than 100 locations along the East Coast and in the Midwest.
The restaurant concept is dedicated to soldiers, firefighters, police officers and other first responders. “The American Way” tagline promotes Mission BBQ, which pauses at noon every day as employees and patrons stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” national anthem.
Q: I’m a longtime follower and noticed something interesting yesterday. The sign for the Pebblebrooke shopping center on Immokalee was demolished by Ian, but I noticed a TD logo on what was left of the sign. TD’s site and a Google search show nothing about a branch coming to that plaza, however, the shopping center’s owner or management firm, Regency Centers, shows there being a TD Bank branch in the currently empty bank building next to Walgreens. Is TD really coming to that site? — Steve Adler, Naples
A: Responding to rapid growth in Southwest Florida, TD Bank plans to open a branch next fall in The Shoppes of Pebblebrooke on the southwest corner of Immokalee Road and Collier Boulevard.
“The store is 3,500 square feet and will feature an advice center format, which allows colleagues to have advice conversations with customers about their financial goals along with conducting routine banking activities and account openings,” said Lisa Quaglia, retail market manager for TD’s Coastal Everglades Region. “This location will have sit-stand workstations that enable our colleagues to adapt them based on the type of conversations we’re having with a customer or the amount of traffic we expect on a given day. Customers will also have the option to self-serve using either of our two ATMs on site, including one at the store’s three-lane drive-through.”
The freestanding TD Bank replaces a BB&T bank office, which closed after it merged with SunTrust to form Truist, which has an office nearby in the former SunTrust branch in the adjoining Pebblebrooke Center. TD Bank has other locations in the Naples area on Fifth Avenue South, in the Park Shore area and in Naples Park.
TD is short for Toronto-Dominion because TD Bank Group is a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank in Canada. The bank, one of the 10 largest in the United States, markets itself as “America’s Most Convenient Bank.”
Glowtique Skin Care & Spa also is coming soon to the Publix-anchored Pebblebrooke retail center leaving only a double unit vacant that formerly was a dental office between Domino’s and Il Primo pizzerias. Glowtique is moving into the 2,400-square-foot space Salon Bellezza vacated when it recently moved across the street to The Pointe at Founders Square.
By the way, the monument sign at The Shoppes of Pebblebrooke may have received additional damage from Hurricane Ian, but it was already wrecked by a vehicle before the storm. That sign at the Immokalee Road entrance seems to be hit by a vehicle on a biennial basis.
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