Beach Restaurateurs Thwart Plans For Liquor Store | Restaurants
Rita Janecek will tell me what she’s naming the restaurant, but she doesn’t want me to tell anyone else just yet. She wants it to be a surprise.
She and her husband, Michael, signed a lease on the old Casa Cortez/AquaBella's/Dive Bar late last month, amid rumors of businessman and Caddy’s owner Tony Amico buying the building and getting local laws changed to allow for a package liquor store in part of the building.
The Janeceks run the beach concessions on Pass-a-Grille, Upham and Madeira beaches, operating them under contract with the beach cities. They do not own the buildings but make needed repairs and upgrades as well as provide food service.
The two-story building on Beach and Shore, vacant more often than not since its renovation from Tex-Mex Casa Cortez into a failed -American-fare-themed Aquabella’s in 2004, marks the Janecek’s first foray... [read more]