On the two-year anniversary of the opening of Mereday’s Fine Dining at the Naples Bay Resort, celebration was traded for an announcement that the restaurant would be closing July 31 with the intention to relocate.
Charles Mereday, a well-known Naples chef and restaurateur who’s been immersed in the culinary world for more than 20 years, called the move a “sensible split,” claiming it is a mutual agreement between the resort and the restaurant.
Mereday said he has yet to locate a new site for the restaurant, though the release stated he anticipates reopening at a new site in the fall.
“We’ve been negotiating,” he said. “It’s not easy in Naples to get into where we want to be. There are very few places available on the market that are locations we want. Most of the time, we’re looking at purchasing the businesses to get the space.”
Mereday’s flagship restaurant at the resort was one of the top five restaurants that helped Naples land on the Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s top 20 Food cities in April.
Mereday’s culinary ventures and restaurant locations have shifted the past few months, starting with him selling his stake in Mereday’s Brasserie at Coconut Point, and rebranding the Alto restaurant in Naples as Mereday’s Brasserie.
This news comes after a reorganization plan finalized this spring to unify Naples Bay Resort and its marina, shops and club, putting them all under the control of company that will act as the developer and manager for the 20-acre project. The plan ended a long-running feud that pitted Antaramian against a trio of his former friends and longtime partners.
Bonefish Grill, another restaurant in the resort, has been on site since a few weeks after the resort opened its doors in 2008 – and has no plans for relocation, said Elizabeth Watts, spokesperson for Bloomin’ Brands Inc., the restaurant chain’s Tampa-based parent company.