Peter Ennis, former owner of Beach-based restaurants Backwater's and Taco Caliente back in the 1990s, has become quite the business enterprising individual in Southwest Florida.
Ennis, who has been involved in restaurant work most of his life, is now a multiple business franchise owner for Beef 'O' Brady's. He owns stores in Estero, San Carlos, Lehigh Acres and Fiddlesticks communities. His most current store is located in San Carlos in the Ace Hardware plaza at 18911 S. Tamiami Trail on the corner of US 41 and Sanibel Boulevard. A recent grand opening was held in mid-August.
Ennis began working at Beef 'O' Brady's in 1999 as a manager at a now defunct business in San Carlos. When that store closed in 2001, he managed a store in Naples and then opened a store in Estero in October 2002. More than 10 years later, he owns four franchises.
"I am honored to be part of four Beef 'O' Brady's in Southwest Florida. Beef 'O' Brady's is a great franchise; our home office staff does a great job," Ennis said. "Having this location, like every other successful location, will have it's own identity. San Carlos has been a Beef's town for years. We want San Carlos Beef 'O' Brady's to be everyone's favorite place to go in the area. We have already reached out to local churches, schools and businesses to stop in and grab a quick bite or bring the group to catch a game. I am looking forward to meeting many new and renewed customers."
Community involvement is huge for Beef 'O' Brady's franchises. Ennis said his latest store supports Estero High School, Three Oaks Middle School and Three Oaks Elementary.
"We do fundraiser nights for those schools," he said. "We also sponsor golf tournaments and things like that."
Ennis moved down to the Beach area from the Midwest. He was quick to credit Nick Ruhland, co-owner of long-established The Fish Monger Seafood Restaurant for helping him through tough times while at Backwater's as a lessee
"Nick was a huge help to me. He probably kept me alive more than one time," he quipped.
After selling that business, he then moved to the location that now houses Yo Taco Mexican Restaurant. From Chili Caliente to Taco Caliente, he spent six years (from 1994-99) at that business location before jumping into the Beef 'O' Brady's family.
Would Ennis entertain a return to Fort Myers Beach?
"I could see a small Beef 'O' Brady's opening on the Beach," he said.
About Beef 'O' Brady's
Beef 'O' Brady's is a franchise of family sports pubs that provides the perfect atmosphere for friends and families to watch the game and grab a bite. With a focus on providing value without sacrificing quality, the Beef 'O' Brady's menu features delicious family favorites like hearty pizza and flatbreads, award-winning wings, fresh Angus burgers and crisp salads, along with a kids' menu and a full bar for the adults. Beef 'O' Brady's is strongly dedicated to community involvement through ongoing partnerships with local schools, youth sports leagues and other community groups. Beef 'O' Brady's currently operates 209 locations in 23 states. For more information about franchising opportunities visit www.beefobradys.com .