Matanzas on the Bay to host third annual Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ May 28

Check Presentation-Chef David Chetwin, Jennifer Shannahan, Captain John 'Giddyup' Bunch, founder of Operation Open Arms, and Glen PetrarcaMatanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach will host its third annual Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ event on Saturday, May 28 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. to benefit Operation Open Arms, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in military personnel and veterans.

The event will feature live music from the Bugtussle Ramblers from 1 to 4 p.m. and the Cooter Creek Bluegrass Band from 5 to 8 p.m., craft beer from Fort Myers Brewing Company, face painting for children, a 50/50 raffle and a $15 barbecue buffet featuring ribs, smoked pork shanks, potato salad and corn on the cob, offered from noon to 8 p.m. Free car parking and boat dockage will be available for guests traveling by land or sea.

Last year’s Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ event raised more than $7,500 for Operation Open Arms, more than dBluegrass, Brew and BBQ-2oubling the proceeds from its inaugural event in 2014. This year, 50 percent of proceeds from the barbecue buffet, 10 percent of all restaurant proceeds and 50 percent of the 50/50 raffle will benefit Operation Open Arms.

“More than 900 people joined us last year in supporting a great cause, and we l ook forward to another day of great food, phenomenal entertainment and spectacular waterfront views, all while honoring members of our military and supporting a great cause,”Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ-1 said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. “We invite the community to join us in supporting Operation Open Arms’ invaluable contribution to our U.S. military and veterans, and to learn more about what this organization has to offer the many men and women who have and continue to serve our country.”

For the past 11 years, Operation Open arms has continued to make a difference in the lives of military personnel and veterans, facilitating $12.2 million in direct tangible benefits for more than 3,000 U.S. troops. For more information about the organization and its cause, visit www.OperationOpenArms.org.

Matanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck are best known for waterfront views, fresh seafood and old Florida ambience and is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. As part of its commitment to use as Bluegrass, Brew and BBQ-5many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers fresh produce in partnership with Oakes Farm, rum from the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery. Its upstairs sports bar, Petey’s Upper Deck, is popularly known for its Dave’s DocksiBluegrass, Brew and BBQ-4de Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront accommodations, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. Free car parking and boat dockage is available. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.MatanzasontheBay.com.

Southwest Florida wins big with Norman Love and Mark Loren’s EGGStraordinary Giveaways

Norman and Jo Champion

Chocolatier Norman Love Confections and jeweler Mark Loren Designs recently partnered to hide 36 “EGGStraordinary” prizes throughout Lee and Collier counties between March 19-27. In addition to the special giveaway, prize winners who posted their discoveries on social media sites using the hashtag #LoveLorenEggHunt were entered into a grand prize drawing, and Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs have announced Jo Champion as the grand prize winner.

Champion discovered one of Mark Loren Designs’ prize bags at the Mercato in Collier County on her birthday, and as the grand prize winner of the EGGStraordinary Giveaway, her birthday celebration continues. She will receive a Norman Love Confections All Our Love Gift Tower, valued at $385, and a $400 gift certificate to Mark Loren Designs.

“I found the Easter egg from Mark Loren Designs on my birthday, so that was a nice surprise,” said Champion. “Then to learn that I was the grand prize winner and will receive two very special prizes from both companies, well, it feels like a never-ending birthday celebration!”

Prize bags from Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs were placed throughout Lee and Collier counties at businesses, events and other high-traffic areas. Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs took to social media, revealing special daily clues to help followers determine the whereabouts of the day’s prize. Both Southwest Florida residents and visitors were winners throughout the giveaway, and while many prizes were discovered unexpectedly, many people challenged themselves to be the first to interpret the daily clues in order claim the special prize. Prizes were discovered in wide variety of locations throughout Lee and Collier counties, some of which included Hammond Stadium, Matanzas on the Bay and Health Park in Lee County, and Artis, Waterside Shops and aboard a Pure Florida cruise in Collier County.

Inside eggs in the Norman Love Confections gift bag, winners found a prize voucher for Love’s internationally recognized chocolates or other offerings from Norman Love Confections. Inside eggs in the Mark Loren Design gift bag, winners discovered a gemstone, along with a gift certificate to have the stone set into a custom-designed piece from the award-winning jeweler. Love and Loren added something “EGGStra” to some of their prize bags: golden eggs with a high-valued prize for the winners. Two golden egg prizes from both Love and Loren were hidden in both Lee and Collier Counties, and were discovered at Edison National Bank and Citygate Ministries in Lee County and FineMark Bank and North Naples United Methodist Church in Collier County.

Loren is nationally known for offering unique and rare gemstones, innovative diamond rings, exceptional engagement and wedding bands and expert jewelry design and repair; all services are done on-site at the Fort Myers and Naples gallery locations. From celebrities to clients who appreciate wearing exclusive jewelry designs, Mark Loren Designs assures the finest one-of-a-kind sentimental jewelry pieces for lasting enjoyment. For more information, visit www.marklorendesigns.com.

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers.  The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75. Chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.

Matanzas on the Bay celebrates moms with Mother’s Day specials, live performances May 8

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Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach will celebrate Mother’s Day on May 8, offering dining specials and live performances for guests to enjoy.

In addition to its regular menu options, Matanzas on the Bay will offer two featured plates for Mother’s Day, available from noon to close. Dishes include 12-ounce Choice Angus Prime Rib of Beef with Horseradish Cream, served with homemade garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus for $25, and Shrimp, Crab and Artichoke crusted Florida Atlantic Tilefish, served with homemade garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus for $28. Live music will be provided throughout the day, featuring performances by Gregg Watts from noon to 4 p.m. and Wendell Ray from 6 to 9 p.m.

Matanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck are best known for waterfront views, fresh seafood and old Florida ambience and is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. As part of its commitment to use as many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers fresh produce in partnership with Oakes Farm, rum from the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery. Its upstairs sports bar, Petey’s Upper Deck, is popularly known for its Dave’s Dockside Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront accommodations, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. Free car parking and boat dockage is available. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.MatanzasontheBay.com.

Spearfishing tournament at Matanzas on the Bay reels in more than $800 for FGCU Spearfishing

Matanzas on thePhoto 1 - Ft. Myers Freedivers Bay on Fort Myers Beach recently hosted the FGCU Spearfishing Pelagic Rodeo to benefit the FGCU Spearfishing sports club. The freediving-only spearfishing tournament featured raffles and prizes, which raised more than $800 to benefit future FGCU Spearfishing events and tournaments.

The tournament aimed to promote safe and responsible freediving, while offering local spearfishermen the opportunity to test their skills and enjoy the sport of spearfishing. Divers competed within the Gulf waters stretching between Marco Island and Venice, and the tournament concluded with a weigh-in ceremony at Matanzas on the Bay.

Offering 100 percent payout, cash prizes were awarded to the biggest fish for each category as well as the top three overall winning teams. Overall winners included Ft. Myers Freedivers in first place, Saltwater Syndicate in second place and Red Tide Spearfishing in third place.

Category winners included:Photo 2 - Saltwater Syndicate-FGCU

Amberjack, 104.85 pounds

Team: Ft. Myers Freedivers

 

Africa Pompano, 9.4 pounds

Team: Stella

 

Barracuda, 31.85 pounds

Team: Redtide Spearfishing

 

Cobia, 48.30 pounds

Team: Shootin Seamen/NeriticPhoto 4_2

 

Snapper, 32.55 pounds

Team: Ft. Myers Freedivers

 

Permit, 31.90 pounds

Team: Stella

Matanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck are best known for waterfront views, fresh seafood and old Florida ambience and is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. As part of its commitmentPhoto 3 - Red Tide Spearfishing to use as many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers fresh produce in partnership with Oakes Farm, rum from the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery. Its upstairs sports bar, Petey’s Upper Deck, is popularly known for its Dave’s Dockside Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront accommodations, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. Free car parking and boat dockage is available. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.MatanzasontheBay.com.

 

 

Matanzas on the Bay celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with specials, live performances

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Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, March 17, by offering restaurant goers a festive day of Irish cuisine, drink specials and live music. An extended Happy Hour will also be available on Petey’s Upper Deck and at the bar from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Matanzas on the Bay’s St. Patrick’s Day feast will feature Chef Dave Chetwin’s Famous Corned Beef and Cabbage Buffet with carrots, creamer potatoes and dinner rolls for $15 per plate, available all day from 11 a.m., while supplies last. Drink specials include $4 pints of Guinness, $5 Bushmills and Jameson and $7 Irish Car Bombs, available all day long. Guests can enjoy live performances throughout the day, with John Friday performing from noon to 4 p.m. and Mary Winner from 5 to 9 p.m.

“With festive food and drinks, phenomenal music and a beautiful waterfront view, Matanzas on the Bay has everything you need to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Fort Myers Beach,” said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. “Our St. Patrick’s Day celebration was a hit last year, and we anticipate another great St. Patrick’s Day at Matanzas on the Bay, enjoying a fun-filled day with our guests.”

Matanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck are best known for waterfront views, fresh seafood and old Florida ambience and is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. As part of its commitment to use as many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers fresh produce in partnership with Oakes Farm, rum from the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery. Its upstairs sports bar, Petey’s Upper Deck, is popularly known for its Dave’s Dockside Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront accommodations, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. Free car parking and boat dockage is available. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.MatanzasontheBay.com.

Matanzas on the Bay reveals new look for 2016

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Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach has revealed a new look for its customers this year, featuring a redesigned menu offering an in-depth look into the restaurant’s history and locally sourced menu options, along with a newly renovated bar for guests to enjoy.

Dining Area

Matanzas on the Bay is setting itself apart from the rest with its focus on locally sourced menu options. The redesigned menu resonates this commitment to restaurant patrons by sharing the stories behind its products, including its locally caught grouper, shrimp and oysters exclusively sourced from the Gulf of Mexico, lobster tail from the Florida Keys, vegetables that are locally sourced whenever possible and unique bar offerings from Fort Myers Brewery and Wicked Dolphin Rums. The menu also highlights fun happenings that occur year round at Matanzas on the Bay, including its weekly Jazz on the Bay, which takes place every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., and other popular annual events.

Bar Area

Matanzas on the Bay’s revamped bar area offers guests an enhanced dining experience, providing the opportunity to relax and enjoy the island ambience of Fort Myers Beach. With the overall goal to brighten the area and enliven the attitude of the space, the renovated bar now features a new white quartz bar top and white paint accents in the space, newly installed wood grain ceramic tile floor and the addition of Edison light features for ambience. Matanzas on the Bay also opened the space by reducing the size of the host station, replacing lattice room dividers with glass dividers and utilizing additional window space to allow more natural light into the bar area.

Glass Dividers

“Our goal for Matanzas on the Bay is to create an inviting atmosphere that will make our guests feel right at home,” said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. “The menu enhancements give restaurant goers the opportunity to learn more about Matanzas on the Bay and become familiar with who we are as a company, and the renovations within our bar area contribute greatly to the overall environment.”

Matanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck are best known for waterfront views, fresh seafood and old Florida ambience and is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. As part of its commitment to use as many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers fresh produce in partnership with Oakes Farm, rum from the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery. Its upstairs sports bar, Petey’s Upper Deck, is popularly known for its Dave’s Dockside Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront accommodations, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. Free car parking and boat dockage is available. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.MatanzasontheBay.com.

Matanzas on the Bay hosts FGCU Spearfishing Pelagic Rodeo March 18-20

MATMatanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach will host the FGCU Spearfishing Pelagic Rodeo March 18-20. The freediving-only spearfishing tournament is open to the public and will offer raffles and prizes, featuring spearfishing gear, merchandise and gift certificates. Registration is $200 per team, with no more than five divers to a team. Offering 100 percent payout, cash prizes will be awarded to the biggest fish for each category as well as the top three overall winning teams. Funds raised from the raffle and any donations will benefit the FGCU Spearfishing sports club to support future club functions.

In an effort to promote safe and responsible freediving, the tournament will offer local spearfishermen the opportunity to test their skills while enjoying the sport of spearfishing. The tournament will begin Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m. with a captains’ meet at Bass Pro Shops. Shooting Day will take place Saturday, March 19 from dawn to dusk, and divers will compete within the Gulf waters stretching between Marco Island and Venice. Tournament categories including amberjack, cobia, permit, African pompano, barracuda, king fish and snapper. The tournament will conclude Sunday, March 20 with a weigh-in ceremony at Matanzas on the Bay at 1 p.m.

For more information, or to register for the tournament, visit www.fgcuspearfishingtournament.bigcartel.com, or contact Cade Stokes by emailing cadestokes14@hotmail.com or calling 863-634-8226. Registration ends March 14.

Matanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck are best known for waterfront views, fresh seafood and old Florida ambience and is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. As part of its commitment to use as many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers fresh produce in partnership with Oakes Farm, rum from the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery. Its upstairs sports bar, Petey’s Upper Deck, is popularly known for its Dave’s Dockside Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront accommodations, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. Free car parking and boat dockage is available. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.MatanzasontheBay.com.

Matanzas on the Bay to host JENDU Cornhole Tournament Feb. 27

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Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach will present the JENDU Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 27, with tournament brackets beginning at noon, followed by a championship game at approximately 3 p.m. The event will feature a single elimination tournament, where the best team out of three games will be declared the winner. The grand prize package presented to the winning team will include a JENDU Cornhole Board set, $100 gift certificate to Matanzas on the Bay, a free night stay at Matanzas Bayside Inn and a championship trophy. Tournament festivities will also include a 50/50 raffle, $100 Long Shot Shoot Out and awards for Most Spirited Team and Runner Up.

Check in will begin at 11 a.m. for all teams. Two-person teams and single players can register for the tournament at www.JenduRecreation.com, with registration $40 per team for two-person teams, and $20 per person for single players. Registration includes tournament participation, team shirts, goodie bags, door prize raffle drawings and buy-one-get-one drinks at Matanzas on the Bay.

The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 19 to secure team shirts. For event questions, please contact Jenene Dulaney at 239-571-6961 or JDulaney@JenduRecreation.com.

Matanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck are best known for waterfront views, fresh seafood and old Florida ambience and is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. As part of its commitment to use as many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers fresh produce in partnership with Oakes Farm, rum from the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery. Its upstairs sports bar, Petey’s Upper Deck, is popularly known for its Dave’s Dockside Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront accommodations, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. Free car parking and boat dockage is available. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.MatanzasontheBay.com.

Matanzas on the Bay to offer Valentine’s Day specials, live performances

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Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach will celebrate Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, by offering all-day specials and live performances for guests to enjoy.

Matanzas on the Bay’s Valentine’s Day menu features include 12-ounce Choice Angus Prime Rib of Beef for $26, Single Stuffed 4-ounce Cold Water Lobster Tail for $20 and Twin Stuffed 4-ounce Cold Water Lobster Tail for $30. Providing live music throughout the festivities, Gregg Watts will perform downstairs from noon to 4 p.m., and Wendell Ray will perform on the Upper Deck from 5 to 9 p.m.

“There is no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Fort Myers Beach than by enjoying phenomenal food right on the water at Matanzas on the Bay,” said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. “Whether you wish to enjoy a romantic meal with a great view of the bay, or simply relax to the tune of live music, it is guaranteed to be a great time!”

Matanzas on the Bay is currently accepting limited reservations for Valentine’s Day, with room available for walk-in diners as well. Free car parking and boat dockage is also available for guests.

Matanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck are best known for waterfront views, fresh seafood and old Florida ambience and is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. As part of its commitment to use as many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers fresh produce in partnership with Oakes Farm, rum from the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery. Its upstairs sports bar, Petey’s Upper Deck, is popularly known for its Dave’s Dockside Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront accommodations, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. Free car parking and boat dockage is available. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.MatanzasontheBay.com.

Matanzas on the Bay to participate as hole sponsor for Putt & Pub Crawl

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Matanzas on the Bay will serve as a hole sponsor for the Putt & Pub Crawl, taking place Saturday, Jan. 16 on Fort Myers Beach. Matanzas on the Bay is one of nine locations on Fort Myers Beach serving as sponsors for the event, and its course will be open for participating golfers from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., featuring a unique putting green design for players to golf. The event, organized by Lahaina Realty, will benefit the Fort Myers Beach Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Throughout the day, Matanzas on the Bay will also offer discounts on select beverages for participants to enjoy, and will donate proceeds from these sales to benefit the fundraiser.

“This event is a favorite amongst the Fort Myers Beach community, and we look forward to contributing to this year’s golfing experience,” said Glen Petrarca, general manager of Matanzas on the Bay. “Our team at Matanzas on the Bay believes that local relationships are key to our success as a community, and we are excited to offer our support to this great organization.”

The Putt & Pub Crawl event will feature a variety of activities for participants to enjoy, including a nine-hole course, raffles, prizes, drink specials and a dinner and award ceremony following the competition. Four-person teams may register for the Putt & Pub Crawl for $200; space is limited. To register or learn more about the event, contact Lahaina Realty by calling 239-463-0000 or visiting 6035 Estero Blvd. on Fort Myers Beach.

Matanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck are best known for waterfront views, fresh seafood and old Florida ambience and is located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties. As part of its commitment to use as many locally sourced products as possible, Matanzas on the Bay offers fresh produce in partnership with Oakes Farm, rum from the Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery. Its upstairs sports bar, Petey’s Upper Deck, is popularly known for its Dave’s Dockside Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront accommodations, just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. Free car parking and boat dockage is available. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.MatanzasontheBay.com.