Question: What is being built next to the Volvo of Naples on Boulevard de Naples?
– Bill Hamilton, Bonita Springs
A: Site clean-up began this summer for Boulevard Motor Condos, under construction on vacant commercial property between the CubeSmart self-storage facility and the Volvo dealership on the east side of Naples Boulevard between Pine Ridge Road and Hollywood Drive in the north. from Naples.
The 36,774 square foot auto storage business will have nine luxury garage condominiums in each of the two air-conditioned buildings. Each personal unit in the closed facility will have an overhead door and its own washroom, mezzanine and private patio walled to the rear of the unit, according to the site layout plans. The 72-foot-deep units allow interior storage for multiple vehicles, including RVs. The building design includes translucent windows with exterior canopies at the mezzanine level.
The project is expected to be completed next spring, the project is being developed by Thomas M. Taylor, a resident of North Naples, who also built the six Naples Motor Condos buildings on Livingston Road in 2019. The architect is PK Studios and the general contractor is Waltbillig & Hood. , both from the north of Naples.
Taylor’s Boulevard Motor Condos LLC purchased the property at 5730 Naples Blvd. for $ 3.485 million in April from TT of Lake Shore Inc., which operates adjacent Volvo and Infiniti car dealerships, according to Collier County property records. David J. Stevens of Investment Properties Corp. negotiated the transaction.
Question: I just saw that the Hurricane Grill on Boulevard de Naples has disappeared and that a sign indicating Yoko-San “coming soon” is posted. Is Hurricane Grill moving?
– Jessica Tucker Cuff, Naples
A: Yoko-San Ramen arrives this month at the former Hurricane Grill & Wings space, which closed its North Naples franchise for good last month after operating for 14 years on Boulevard de Naples.
The old grill is being renovated for the new casual restaurant, which is slated to open in a few weeks. “We’re changing to make it a modern Japanese house,” said On Augsondthung, who co-owns the new restaurant with her husband and chef, John Augsondthung. He wants to open it quickly while the weather is cooler. “People need hot soup,” he said.
Yoko-San’s menu will focus on varieties of ramen, a popular Japanese noodle soup, but will also include Japanese curry, pot sticks and more. “We probably start with a smaller menu at the start and expand it later,” Ms. Augsondthung said.
Mr Augsondthung attended a ramen cooking school in Thailand, where the couple are from, and then trained with a master ramen cook in California, Ms Augsondthung said. “So he learned a lot of techniques and secret ingredients to make it very authentic,” she said.
While waiting for the equipment to be shipped from overseas, they expect to receive the pot of ramen they ordered in Japan within two weeks. “This is very special equipment for ramen only,” Ms. Augsondthung said.
Yoko-San, which is a Japanese female given name meaning sun, will be the Neapolitan couple’s third Asian restaurant north of Naples. They opened Fuji Sushi Bar & Asian Bistro in 2009 on Shoppes Boulevard, where their new ramen restaurant is also opening. Fuji and Yoko-San hug an outdoor patio under a pergola in the center of the two buildings on Boulevard Shoppes.
“Customers can sit on the terrace and order Fuji sushi and Yoko-San ramen and enjoy them on the terrace,” Ms. Augsondthung said.
The couple also operate Araya Sushi Asian Grill, which they opened in 2014 at the Uptown Center on Immokalee Road in northern Naples. They plan to launch their fourth local restaurant, Fuji Sushi Bar & Asian Bistro’s second location, by February 1 at The Pointe at Founders Square on Immokalee Road and Collier Boulevard in northern Naples.
Question: Do you know when Bubbakoo’s Burritos will open at Costco?
– Robbie Yeager, north of Naples
A: Bubbakoo’s Burritos is scheduled to open on Monday, December 6 at the western end of Shoppes Boulevard on Naples Boulevard in northern Naples.
The quick and casual eatery offers a menu of burritos, burrito bowls, quesadillas, tacos, nachos and make-your-own taco salads with a variety of protein choices ranging from classic ground beef and carnitas to Top quality grill to order a hibachi steak and shrimp. Do you like it spicy? Bubbakoo’s gives it a boost with sriracha pork and mango habanero grilled chicken. Compose the main course with nearly 20 other items, including high-end additions like bacon, guacamole, and a queso dip. Gluten-free, keto, vegan, vegetarian, and whole plant-based varieties are also available.
Chiwawa, a signature creation, consists of panko-breaded fried rice balls topped with nacho cheese and other burrito toppings. Bubbakoo’s also offers seven varieties of wings, loaded tator tots and fried fries, and sides such as Buffalo cauliflower, Southwestern spring rolls, jalapeño poppers, chicken fillets and rice, and side dishes. beans. Desserts include breaded and fried Oreo cookies drizzled with caramel or raspberry sauce, as well as Love Chips, lightly fried flour tortillas dusted with powdered sugar and served hot with a drizzle of caramel or raspberries.
This will be the first Southwest Florida franchise for the New Jersey-based chain. The only other locations in Florida are at Coral Springs, Melbourne, Plant City, and Riverview. The rapidly growing Bubbakoo’s has over 60 locations and at least 100 more in development.
Question: Do you know what’s going on with the large lot that is being cleared next to the Jewish Synagogue on Pine Ridge Road? It’s on the south side of Pine Ridge and west of the synagogue.
– Trudy Rech, Golden Gate Estates
A: The Jewish Federation of Greater Naples recently opened its 20,000 square foot cultural center on the Temple Shalom campus at 4630 Pine Ridge Road.
Scheduled to open in early 2023, the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center will serve all age groups in the local Jewish community by hosting educational, social, leisure, recreational and philanthropic programs.
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