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Harpoon Harry’s Crab House Planned in Tampa

July 8, 2017

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By JONATHAN SCHOLLES

STAFF WRITER

PUNTA GORDA — Harpoon Harry’s is expanding, setting sail for Tampa.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said Thursday Smuggler’s Enterprises was awarded a contract for retail space at Tampa Bay Convention Center. The Punta Gorda-based Smuggler’s Enterprises will open its second Harpoon Harry’s Crab House in six to eight months, the city said in a press release.

It’s thought Harpoon Harry’s Crab House will bolster downtown economic development, which has been spurred by the revitalization of Water Street Tampa, a $3 billion mixed-use district, Tampa Bay Business Journal reported.

Smuggler’s Enterprises — which also owns Captain’s Table, Laishley Crab House, Muscle Car City Diner, Smuggler’s Culinary Catering and Harpoon Harry’s — is investing $3.6 million to transforma10,000-square-footstoragespace into a “family-friendly themed restaurant,” the city reported.

Harpoon Harry’s Crab House opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, a mountain town and mecca for tourists not far from Smoky Mountain National Park, about two years ago. Smuggler’s Enterprises President/ CEO Ron Evans is from Tennessee.

Initial designs of the restaurant indicate it will have between 400 and 500 seats with mezzanines and an open-air concept gained through roll-up doors along Franklin Street, according to Tampa Bay Business Journal. Similar to the original Crab House, a sushi bar, main bar and another themed as a 1920s truck are set to be included.

“We look forward to having Harpoon Harry’s Crab House at the Tampa Convention Center as another option,” Buckhorn said in a statement, “in a growing number of restaurants downtown, for both our convention goers, vacationers and Tampa residents alike.

As Tampa’s downtown becomes a destination that visitors across the globe are flocking to, its high-volume, moderately priced restaurants like these that will keep families returning to the urban core.”

Tampa Bay History Center was the previous tenant of Harpoon Harry’s latest location.

Smuggler’s Enterprises did not respond to attempts seeking comment.

Source:  Port Charlotte Sun

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Thank You Letters

January 4, 2017

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Smuggler’s Enterprises is active in our community and is pleased to support worthy causes through Smuggler’s Community Foundation. We’d like to share some recent letters we’ve received in support of our efforts.

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Harbor Style Magazine feature

November 30, 2016

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Our Holiday for Heroes drive was features in the November 2016 issue of Harbor Style Magazine. Click here for the online edition.

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Letter from American Legion Post 110

September 15, 2016

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We received a wonderful letter from the American Legion Post 110 in recognition of our donation to support Operation Outdoor Freedom which helps to provide outdoor activities to disabled veterans. We were pleased to help and are glad you had a successful fundraiser!

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The Captain’s Table & Three Suns Ranch featured on VisitFlorida.com

April 29, 2016

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xThreeSuns.JPG.pagespeed.ic.B6kTbOTeF7The Captain’s Table is featuerd on VisitFlorida.com’s profile of Punta Gorda’s Three Suns Ranch which supplies grass-fed, holistically raised bison, wild hog and cattle to local restaurants. An excerpt follows:

“Florida is naturally famous for its seafood — but locally raised meat like bison from Three Suns can easily fit into the mix, said Todd Volpe, executive chef at The Captain’s Table on Charlotte Harbor, in Punta Gorda.

‘We’re 30 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico and 30 minutes from the country, where Three Suns is,’ said Volpe, who came away impressed after visiting the ranch.

The Captain’s Table serves up bison burgers with leeks, bacon, and crumbled blue cheese on its bar menu a few times a week. ‘They usually sell out,’ Volpe said. ‘It’s our number-three selling sandwich, behind lobster grilled cheese and the grouper sandwich.’

The Captain’s Table also features wild hog, marinated Jamaican jerk style along with a dark rum barbecue sauce, Volpe said. He makes sure that any of the meat he buys and prepares from Three Suns still fits into the Asian/Caribbean fusion served at the restaurant.”

For the full article, please click here: http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/articles/16/food/three-suns-ranch.html

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Captain’s Table Launches New Bar Menu & Updates Lunch and Dinner Items

August 12, 2015

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PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – An iconic waterfront restaurant is rolling out an updated menu this summer that includes bison burgers, Asian nachos, Bahamian chicken—and more—making good on a pledge to embrace the “dynamic and bold,” company officials announced this week.

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The Captain’s Table, long considered the premier place for fine dining around Charlotte Harbor, is unveiling its first-ever bar menu and updated lunch and dinner menus throughout the summer, said General Manager Nate McKelvy. Located in the top tier of Fishermen’s Village, the Captain’s Table is the flagship of Smuggler’s Enterprises, the local, family-owned restaurant network known throughout Southwest Florida for excellent food and service in a variety of settings.

“We are striving for a dynamic menu, one that’s bold and authentic. The new items are a testament to our patrons’ interest in having exciting selections to choose from. The appetizers, main courses, and side items showcase Caribbean, Asian, and Old World Spanish influences on South Florida’s fresh seafood and locally grown, seasonal fruits and vegetables.” Other innovations include a “Wild Game and Whiskey” dinner that marries full-course, table d’hôte specials—such as bison, boar, or rabbit—with specialty bourbons, whiskeys, and brandies, topped with a hand-rolled cigar on the sunset deck. Upcoming events include the “Hemingway Old Caribbean” dinner which will explore Caribbean food and old, aged Rum.

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The new Captain’s Table menu has been a team effort that began with water driven inspiration. That progressed to exploratory, kitchen-tasting sessions among the staff and then to the final recipe and presentation. “Sous Chef Dustin Ferguson has been an amazing force in the kitchen. Dustin is an excellent chef with a great palate. He can take an idea and turn it into an exciting dish where the flavors have depth and balance.”

General Manager Nate McKelvy said the updated menu at the Captain’s Table simplifies and streamlines the a la carte in order to focus on what diners tell him they are looking for: “Locals and visitors alike say they want the freshest local products possible,” he said. “And everyone is keen on seasonal selections. Our new menu has the flexibility to showcase local products and incorporate preparations suited to each season,” he said.

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Diners can expect to see more salad selections on the menu and fewer “basket with fries” fare at lunch. In addition, McKelvy said, “We are expanding the chef’s dinner specials with a rotation of new dishes that, if the demand is there, will be promoted to the main menu.”

The first weeks of the new bar menu has been an especially big hit, McKelvy said, partly due to timing. The bar menu now offers selections throughout the entire day, and most importantly, bridging the two hours in the afternoon between lunch and dinner. “We had not offered specialty sandwiches, wraps, and appetizers at the bar before, but the demand is clearly there. We are delighted to be able to respond to that demand with both new items and old favorites,” McKelvy said. Complementing this new menu is a selection of craft cocktails and a list of over 30 single barrel bourbons and small batch whiskeys that McKelvy has carefully constructed.

The new menu at the Captain’s Table includes long-standing specialties of the house, such as the chef’s signature Chilean sea bass marinated in coconut—now kicked up a notch with a marinade of Thai sriracha. “Another emerging favorite is the lobster grilled-cheese sandwich,” McKelvy said. All in all, the new menu is fresher and brighter than ever before, he promised.

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The Captain’s Table is a 275-seat restaurant with magnificent views of Charlotte Harbor. It is open seven days a week, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner on weekdays, and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Find the Captain’s Table on the upper deck of Fishermen’s Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, Fla. 33950.
Telephone (941) 637-1177. Visit the website for news, menus, and on-line reservations at www.thecaptainstable.com

About the Team

General Manager Nate McKelvy joined Smuggler’s Enterprises in the fall of 2014 after seven years at the historic Gasparilla Inn on Boca Grande. Nate has assisted in planning & coordinating dining, private events and weddings for many celebrities and politicians, including the Bush family. He also holds a Level 1 in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has taken courses under Master Sommeliers in Colorado and Florida. Nate began working at a golf club dining room at age 15 and has spent the past ten years holding positions at fine dining restaurants and private country clubs in Orlando, FL, as well as, the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2007. He lives with his wife and family in Punta Gorda.

For More Information:

General Manager Nate McKelvy (941) 637-1177 ext. 113

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Harpoon Harry’s Crab House wins Open Table’s 2015 Diner’s Choice Award

July 17, 2015

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We are pleased to announce that our newest restaurant, Harpoon Harry’s Crab House in Pigeon Forge, TN has been awarded the 2015 Open Table Diner’s Choice Award based on votes and reviews from our guests.  We’d like to thank our valued customers for your support!

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Laishley Crab House among Top 100 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in America

June 10, 2015

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11428135_10155681235230500_4113327167814506060_oWe’re excited that Laishley Crab House of Punta Gorda, Florida was included among the list of 100 winning restaurants for the Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants category, as rated by Open Table verified diners. Thank you for the support!

2015 Top 100 Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America
As Rated by Verified OpenTable Diners

“With the weather getting warmer, it’s time to dine outdoors. Our Top 100 Al Fresco Dining list highlights restaurants that offer stunning views, unique cuisine and, above all, fabulous outdoor dining experiences. The list of honorees is determined after analyzing more than five million reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the nation – all submitted by verified diners.”

http://www.opentable.com/m/best-outdoor-dining-restaurants-in-america/

 

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Captain’s Table – Harbor’s Hottest “Best Waterfront Dining” Finalist

June 9, 2015

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Captain's Table Manager Nate McKelvy receives Harbor's Hottest recognition.The Captain’s Table was selected as a finalist for “Best Waterfront Dining” in Harbor Style’s Harbor’s Hottest for 2015.  Come enjoy the view!

 

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New seafood restaurant opens its doors in Pigeon Forge

May 21, 2015

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From Channel 8, Knoxville, TNPIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) – After two years of planning and construction, the newest seafood restaurant in Pigeon Forge is now open.The owner says he plans to offer something new and exciting for the area.

Harpoon Harry’s Crab House will offer fresh seafood daily, and it even has a deck for live entertainment.

The company already owns several restaurants in Florida and it has been in business for 35 years.

They say this will be something new for the area that they hope locals and visitors enjoy.

“Our executive chef has a ton of experience in seafood specifically the sushi chef is an outstanding addition to our team. We’re offering some stuff we think no one else in Pigeon Forge has,” says Wayne Ulum.

The company says the menu features all of the favorites from its other restaurants, like seafood, steak, and sushi.

Source: http://www.local8now.com/home/headlines/New-seafood-restaurant-opens-its-doors-in-Pigeon-Forge-304664691.html

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