Launch of the Mexican restaurant Uncle Julio’s in Naples

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At Uncle Julio’s Mexican the restaurant opens this afternoon on a new outdoor lot in the northwest corner of the Coastland Center mall property in Napoli.

“We’ve been excited to come to Naples for a while now and we’re excited to be open, which is happening today,” said Dan Wheeler, chief marketing officer of Uncle Julio’s Corp. “Today all the systems are working and we can’t wait to open those doors.” The restaurant’s grand opening celebration will take place later this month when the breaking of a big the chocolate piñata will replace the traditional ribbon cut.

Uncle Julio has 35 upscale casual restaurants in 11 states. The private company’s only other location in Florida is in Orlando at ICON Park on International Drive.

In Napoli, Uncle Julio’s Restaurant and Full Bar are in a New independent building along US 41 just west of CMX CineèBistrowhich opened last year at the mall. Other nearby mall off plots intended For the development around the old Sears department store footprint along the Golden Gate Parkway to understand bahama Breeze and Twin Peaks restaurants and bars.

Uncle Julio had originally planned to open the restaurant in Naples at the end of 2020, but the pandemic delayed the project. Prior to the start of construction, plans were modified to better accommodate the anticipated higher levels of go out Company. The pandemic has shifted consumer behavior towards online ordering by phone or ordering in advancers and to come in to pick up meals or have them delivered. “We learned very quickly with new restaurants that it made much more sense to develop an area ohf the restaurant that can serve this business more efficiently rather than trying to modernize an already busy lobby, said Wheeler.

The nearly 11,500 square feet Uncle Julio in Naples characteristics an abundance of interior and outdoor dining space, more than the average Uncle Julio location. The restaurant’s design is one of the chain’s newest prototypes and reflects the vibe of Naples with a mosaic mural on the west exterior of the building. A large semi-circular covered patio is divided for dining or cocktails. Umbrella tables surround an exposed patio just outside the covered patio.

The concept’s fresh, from-scratch approach is apparent with his open kitchen. “You can see tortillas being made. We make our tortillas from scratch, making our own masa dough and we have tortilla machines in plain view of customers as they make them throughout the day,” Wheeler said. “It’s also where they make our signature dessert, known as the chocolate piñata. We do the chocolate globe internally. We make the house churros that go there and the fresh fruit and even the whipped cream and sauces you dip in it are homemade. It’s a very popular dessert when you crack this thing open and it pops open to the delight of your dinner guests, so it’s definitely one of our signatures.

At Uncle Julio’s lunch and dinner menus too are eespecially known for fajitas with grilled meats with mesquite and Costsin a hurry Swirl Margaritas. guacamole is made on a at table Cart with fresh avocadoslime juice, onion, tomatoes, jalapeño, coriander and saltwith the non-traditional ingredient of garlic-infused oil—and served in a traditional molcajete.

The new restaurant is open for lunch and dinner on weekend but only for dinner on weekdays for now. The restaurant will be open for weekday lunches in the future.

At Uncle Julio’s, 2096 ninth street. NOT., is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

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