John Hall’s Goal Post Grill closes it’s doors for a total renovation to unveil Smuggler’s Grille - a full service seafood restaurant “With an Italian Flair”.
Port Charlotte, FL (August 8, 2014) – John Hall’s Goal Post Grill will close it’s doors on August 17th to make way for the latest culinary concept from Smuggler’s Enterprises, Inc. Total indoor and outdoor renovations will take place until mid-November when the simply stated, Smuggler’s Grille, will open their doors.
After recently purchasing the property, Smuggler’s Enterprises, Inc., conducted an in-depth analysis to determine what kind of dining concept was needed and well-suited for the local demographic. Born was the eclectic concept of a quality, full-service restaurant offering fresh seafood, sushi and steaks “with an Italian flair”. Complementing this concept will be Nick Petrilli as the Executive Chef and Tommy Powers as the General Manager.
Petrilli’s extensive background includes working under the Food Network’s Michael Chiarello at his acclaimed Napa Valley restaurants, Tra Vigne and Bottega, as well as, opening his own masterpiece, Gozo, in Denver this year. Petrilli’s experience in prominently Italian kitchens laid the groundwork for the “Italian Flair” Smuggler’s Grille will incorporate. “I’m very excited to be back in the area with family,” voiced Petrilli. “I was in Napa Valley for 16 years so it’s good to be home. Everything happens for a reason and this seems to be a win win for everyone.”
Powers resume is just as exciting. Having waited on President George Bush frequently in his role as Assistant Beverage Manager at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, Maine, Powers made his way down to their sister property in Delray Beach for seven years and then on to manage multiple, local restaurants in Covington, GA. Ironically enough, Powers and Petrilli went to high school together in Long Island, NY, and were teammates on their baseball team.
“Smuggler’s Restaurants is proud to announce its partnership with two talented young men. The creation of a local seafood restaurant ‘with an Italian flair’ will be a great concept,” attests Ron Evans, President and CEO of Smuggler’s Enterprises, Inc.
The overhaul will touch all aspects of the restaurant. The kitchen will gain new, modern equipment, while the indoor decor will give off a coastal Italian vibe. A sushi bar will be built inside and the indoor and outdoor bars will receive a clean, revitalized update. Keeping the overall theme casual, the bars will portray a friendly vibe with numerous TVs to showcase sporting events. As November approaches, a grand opening event will be planned for the community.
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