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Ready to get back in business: Nellie’s reopens Friday

Big celebration and weekend festival planned

September 27, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

After a three-week break (well, hardly a "break") from the public to give the building a fresh, new face, the staff of Nervous Nellie's is proud to reopen its doors to their patrons Friday, Sept. 28, offering extra-special fun festivities Friday and Saturday to celebrate.

"We're excited to announce the renovations are in full effect, and we look forward to seeing everyone on Sept. 28 to get back into the swing of things. Our renovations have gone really, really well so far, and we're eager to show everyone all of our improvements," said Stephen DeAngelis, co-assistant manager of the restaurant. "We've completely redone the carpeting, gave it some fresh paint, chickee huts on the lower deck, an all-new deck on the second-floor balcony, and a fantastic bar upstairs at Ugly's. We've also revised our menu and added some new signature dishes."

Stephen didn't just go on hiatus during this three-week renovational stint. He was working right along with the contractors, complete with fully equipped tool belt and drill in hand.

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The cast of Nervous Nellie’s has been hard at work the last three weeks the establishment’s been closed for renovations. Above, some of the crew helps out Liberty Coast Construction with the remods: John Gilley, Stephen DeAngelis, Hank Shaudys, Tyler Jackson and Frank (from Hoboken). Photo by MELISSA SCHNEIDER.

And Frank (from Hoboken), restaurant owner Rob DeGennaro's father, operating as supervisor of the renovations, is eager to encourage patrons to "make sure you put your dancing shoes on, to dance the night away under the stars, on our new upstairs deck."

"This new deck adds 60 bayfront seats to the second floor balcony," said Hank Shaudys, owner of Liberty Coast Construction.

"I'd also like to give a big shout-out to Hank Shaudys and Liberty Coast Construction. They've done a great job with the establishment, as usual, with their fine, quality craftsmanship."

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Nellie's will open its doors and operate under normal business hours, beginning Friday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m. Later that evening, look forward to some fabulous food and drink specials, along with the Cat Daddy Blues Band rocking downstairs by the bay, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Upstairs at Ugly's Waterside Bar, Country Night will reign supreme from 6 to 8 p.m., with the Rochel-Hughes Duo getting everyone in the country spirit, and Gator Country DJs hosting an array of contests and giveaways.

"Enjoy Sailor Jerry Rum specials that night, as well as the famous Gator in a Glass, where you get to keep the glass," Stephen said.

The very next day, Nellie's will host an all-day reggae festival, featuring some of the hottest reggae bands from around town, from 3 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29.

"Come on down and listen to Jahgape, No Way Jose, the Jewmaicans and Sowflo," he said. "We're going to have a blast, as always."

Country Night will continue through December, and the next big gig the business plans to host is the South Florida Bike Event and Holiday Toy Run, Saturday, Nov. 17, bringing back The Rolling Stones tribute band, Thee Stones, and a Beatles tribute band, The Nowhere Band.

For more information on any of these upcoming festivities, visit or call 463-8077.



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