Renovated restaurant brings Naples crowds a taste of the States
August 27, 2004
NAPLES, Italy — Folks craving American grill food in an English-pub atmosphere can get it by swinging by a remodeled restaurant next to the Carney Park golf course.
After a yearlong renovation, the Fairways Bar & Grill, formerly known as the Fairways Restaurant, opens Friday at Carney Park.
“We wanted to have a place you can go to and have a beer and American food like you enjoy back in the States,” said Richard Knapp, golf course manager.
Because the old restaurant’s plumbing was being reworked, it made sense to do other upgrades at the same time, said Thomas Wilson, marketing director for Naples Morale, Welfare and Recreation. MWR did not have figures available on the overall cost of the renovations.
The carpet was ripped out and replaced with tiles and carpet, and the booths were swapped for leather chairs and tables. The solid-oak bar with stained-glass accents, custom-designed by the MWR staff, was built in the States and shipped to Naples. It has Irish, German and American beer on tap.
Knapp said a satellite will beam in the American Golf Channel and other programs to the six or so TVs in the bar and lounge area.
The patio, with new wrought-iron furniture and heaters, will be available for parties and banquets.
The Golf Pro Shop, which sells equipment and clothes, also was renovated. The lighting on the putting green has been improved for for night play.
The eatery is open for lunch and early dinner from about noon to 9 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays, with the hours dependent on the number of customers. The traditional mixed grill menu includes black Angus hamburgers, fish and chips, grilled swordfish, spinach and artichoke dip and salads.
It will also have theme nights, the first of which will be an all-you-can-eat taco bar Sept. 17. The theme nights, about 6-8 p.m., cost $7.50 per person. Fairways also is considering having a monthly Sunday buffet brunch.
Friday’s open house is 5 to 8 p.m. For more information on the restaurant, call 081-526-5418.