Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The SpeakEasy Celebrates Three Years in Business


The bartender made drinks and poured the wine freely with happy hour all night. Photos by Jesus Calo

The bartender made drinks and poured the wine freely with happy hour all night. Photos by Jesus Calo

One may say that Jimmy Boylan, Dan Collardey and Tim McCoy live the dream with their restaurant and bar right on the water in paradise. The three would meet every day for happy hour when the idea for a restaurant brewed up. This past weekend, The SpeakEasy in Marco Island celebrated its third year in business on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

The Chicago-style restaurant has come a long way since it first opened its doors. It doubled from 74 seats to now being able to host 150 (with the expansion of the outdoor deck area). As the crowd turnout gets larger each year, the extra seats are certainly needed. There were complimentary appetizers and happy hour specials all day to commemorate the third anniversary. The musical entertainer for the night, Johnny Fusco, charmed the crowd and got them up on their feet to dance.

Marco residents Lou and Cindy (left) show their friends Lynette and Steve (right) how the Island does happy hour.

Marco residents Lou and Cindy (left) show their friends Lynette and Steve (right) how the Island does happy hour.

“This is the place to come and have a good time for happy hour,” owner Tim commented. “You can sit with your drink out by the water and feel right at home here.”

It is no secret that the establishment is well known for its speakeasy theme and comfortable “lounge area” with the scenic view. As guests waited for tables, they had the chance to order drinks at the outside bar.

From left: SpeakEasy owners Jim Boylan, Dan Collardey and Tim McCoy. Submitted Photo

From left: SpeakEasy owners Jim Boylan, Dan Collardey and Tim McCoy. Submitted Photo

Amongst other reasons to celebrate, there is also a new addition to The SpeakEasy: a retail store, which also acts as the new takeout area for the restaurant.

“Before, customers would have to go inside to the bar area and wait for their food, which caused crowding at times,” stated Cindy Marotta, restaurant and bar manager. “Now it’s a separate entrance which allows for customers to move in and out conveniently.”

The retail store features apparel and keepsakes for the restaurant and local area.

 

 

New food items have also been added to the menu, and the crowd savored every bite. The Fried Red Snapper, served whole, turned heads as the servers delivered food to the tables. There are also new homemade desserts added to the menu. The new pastry chef on staff currently prepares a Mile High Carrot Cake, Reeses Peanut Butter Cheesecake, Honey Dough Knots, Key Lime Pie and Deep Fried Ice Cream.

As a trio that believes in philanthropy, community involvement a big deal for the three owners. From having donated to local charities, hosted Chamber of Commerce events as well as its “After Five” meetings, its involvement in the Taste of Marco, the Craft Beer Festival, and Meals of Hope (coming up October 23), The SpeakEasy restaurant does it all. The establishment also donated supplies, as much ice as possible and gift cards to residents in Goodland following Hurricane Irma.

Overall the night was a success for all in attendance. Stop in to The SpeakEasy and congratulate Tim, Dan, and Jimmy on three years of business.

The SpeakEasy is located on the water in the Chamber of Commerce Plaza at 1106 1/2 North Collier Blvd. Call 239- 970-2929 for daily specials and to-go orders of your favorite dish.

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