Fathoms Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant transformation

New owners to close The Joint at Cape Harbour, reopen it as Fathoms Restaurant & Bar

Published in Cape Coral Daily Breeze Sept. 12, 2014

A popular restaurant located at Cape Harbour has been renamed by the new owners, and will soon receive a facelift, before reopening Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Timothy Hoffman of Hoffman Group Holdings, LLC, said he purchased The Joint on July 9, after residing in the Caribbean for a very long time. He said he owns luxury hotels in the west Caribbean and West Indies, as well as a restaurant, and has been in the hospitality business for a number of years.

With the desire to return back to the United States, and after visiting Cape Harbour, Hoffman fell in love with the potential of The Joint and the outside bar.

“It’s a little bit humbling to buy something successful,” he said.

One of the major changes that took place after purchasing The Joint was the name change. Since the restaurant overlooks the marina and Cape Coral has 400 miles of canals, Hoffman decided to change the name to Fathoms Restaurant & Bar.

fathoms1“Fathoms represent the nautical depths for water,” he explained. “It seemed to tie in with the theme with the strong ties of Cape Coral and the nautical element without going over the top.”

One of his chefs from the Caribbean property has joined Hoffman in Cape Coral and is working with the current executive chef.

“The biggest area that we are having a lot of fun in right now is the specials,” Hoffman said.

He said they will have three to four specials every night, so the chefs have an opportunity to specialize in different menu items. Hoffman said they will create some custom pieces that may end up on the menu if they are popular.

“The specials are the things that we are most excited about,” he said. “The specials are where we see the most change coming in, in terms of the restaurant.”

Other than the specials, the menu will remain the same.

Fathoms Peruvian Style Mahi Ceviché. Photo Provided

Fathoms Peruvian Style Mahi Ceviché. Photo Provided

Hoffman said as they develop more relationships with local vendors, they will incorporate more locally purchased products into the menu items.The restaurant is closing after service on Saturday, Sept. 13, and reopen Tuesday, Sept. 23. Hoffman said since the restaurant is 8 years old, it needs a facelift. The facelift will include painting and improving the initial layout of the restaurant, which he said does not work as well anymore.

“Hopefully it will improve service that transcends down to our guests,” he said.

Hoffman said they are going to lighten up the restaurant by using a lighter color palette.

“I want the inside to be appealing like the outside,” he said.

The tables, which are walnut color, will also be lightened back to its natural wood. The plates used for the dishes are a little more modern as well.

“What we do will only last a few years before we have to do it again,” Hoffman said. “We believe it is important to keep the place fresh and looking good.”

On Saturday, before the restaurant closes, Hoffman will have music and an auction to benefit Autism Speaks. He said a few of the items merchandised to The Joint will be auctioned and the money generated will be donated.

“Let’s have a laugh and have a little bit of fun on the bidding,” Hoffman said of such merchandise as surf boards and an old chandelier.

When Fathoms Restaurant & Bar reopens on Tuesday, Sept. 23, Deb & The Dynamics will perform.

“We are very excited to have them here on that night,” Hoffman said.

Fathoms next event will be held on Oct. 3, through Oct. 5, for Oktoberfest, which will feature live music and a 25-foot smoking BBQ truck.

Fathoms is located at 5785 Cape Harbour Dr. Visit its Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/fathomsrestaurant for more information.

Read the article on the website of the Cape Coral Daily Breeze:

http://www.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com/page/content.detail/id/541080/Restaurant-transformation.html

“That event itself was life changing”

The life of one medically retired United States Marine changed forever after coming into contact with the nonprofit organization Wounded Warrior Anglers of America, Inc.

“I believe it’s an outstanding organization that is perfect right now for the pulse of America and the veteran community,” Peter Paskewicz, a Cape Coral, Florida resident, said. “It’s a little niche not found out there.”

Approximately six months ago, Paskewicz paid a visit to his local bait store, which resulted in an invitation to talk to the organization after asking about other veterans in the area that enjoyed fishing. He said he happened to be in the store when Dave Souders, co-founder of the organization, was also there.

“That is basically how I really got connected,” Paskewicz said.

He joined the Marines and served for three years during the first Gulf Wars from 1990 to 1993.

“I was with some very outstanding people and I know that the Marines made a positive influence on my life,” he said. “I wish I could go back. I love it.”

Paskewicz sustained lower extremity injuries, some of which include a lower back injury from a fall and a shattered hip.

He said since he has some physical problems, he wanted to get to know other veterans who liked to fish, a passion he found when he was a youngster.

“I enjoy the environment,” Paskewicz said of why he loves fishing. “I believe we are connected to the water in one way. If the water is healthy, I believe the rest of the environment is healthy.”

Before medically retiring from the service, he said fishing had always been his most private and personal time where he could reflect back on the good in his life, as well as allow all the negative things to fade away.

As a wounded warrior who loves fishing, Wounded Warrior Anglers was a perfect match for this gentleman.

battle of matlachaThe organization helps its warriors by taking them out on the water for a day of fishing, an outing that promotes a friendly and peaceful environment to help warriors heal.

“I think the Wounded Warrior Anglers provides a platform that is easy for people to meet and greet one another,” Paskewicz said.

He said the commonality and disability portion of the organization really brings everything together, making Wounded Warrior Anglers what it is today.

He said after leaving the service, fishing provided a new kind of therapy.

“It made me feel like I am still capable of doing things, still capable of accomplishing goals,” Paskewicz said. “It gives me a sense of achievement.”

Wounded Warrior Anglers holds a few retreats throughout the year that invites wounded warriors and their caregivers to Matlacha, Florida, for a day of relaxation on the water fishing, or at Spa 33, with others who have gone through similar experiences.

“That was a very important day for me and my family,” Paskewicz said of the retreat he attended about two months ago. “I had been struggling with medications and pain for about six and a half years and not feeling very good about fishing or anything.”

Once this wounded warrior received an invitation to his first retreat, it provided him with the freedom to go out fishing, while knowing he was not alone, knowing he was going to be with other wounded warriors.

“That event itself was life changing for me,” he said. “I have a whole new attitude. It was absolutely what I needed.”

That single day of camaraderie, that one day of sharing a love of fishing with others, has kept positive thoughts flowing through Paskewicz.

“I’m very grateful for the Wounded Warriors and I feel strongly that it is something really needed in our communities today for our veterans and community members as well,” he said. “It brings veterans closer to the community and the community closer to the veterans. I think it is an outstanding platform.”

Paskewicz recently volunteered at the organization’s 2nd annual Redfish Poker Fishing Championship, in memory of Sgt. John R. Pestel, last month. He said he provided a helping hand in the morning to set things up and whatever else was needed to show support.

“I was approached by at least 100 people that day, all thanking me for my service,” he said.

Those words touched this Marine.

“It was an honor,” Paskewicz said. “It made me feel proud and glad I served for people like them. That was a very special day in itself also. The civilians got to interact with the veterans and I think it was great

“It was grand”

The 2nd annual Redfish Poker Fishing Championship, in memory of Sgt. John R. Pestel, was a huge success for the nonprofit organization, Wounded Warrior Anglers, this past Memorial Day weekend.

“I think it was grand,” Judy Souders, co-founder of Wounded Warrior Anglers said after the event. “The tournament was 100 percent successful. It raised good money for Wounded Warrior Anglers and that’s why we did the tournament.”

20142ndannual1a-2Dave Souders, also co-founder of the organization, said 23 boats and 11 kayakers participated in the Saturday, May 24, tournament.

Although this year’s tournament included seven more kayakers, the number of boats decreased by six. David said the decrease really did not affect the success of the tournament, due to the interest in the silent and live auctions and 50/50 raffles.

“I think everybody had a great time and really loved the event,” Dave said.

The event kicked off with a captain’s meeting the night before, which he said went pretty smooth without any problems, as the anglers learned all the specifics of the tournament at Beef O’ Brady’s in Cape Coral

The following morning the anglers arrived at their destinations with the  same thought in mind – claiming one of the first place prizes by catching the biggest red and the redfish with the most spots.

The photo and release tournament required the anglers to take a photograph of their catch on an approved measuring board. Those photographs were then brought back to the Olde Fish House Marina for weigh in that Saturday afternoon.

The boat division was won by JBA Construction Jeff Asbury, who claimed $1,000. The first place kayak division winner was Jeff Gabrick who won $500 cash.

The calcutta winner was the Dirt Necks, who claimed $2,000.

Caleb Smith also walked away from the tournament with some additional funds in his pocket. He won $600 for the most spots calcutta and $100 as the 16 and under winner.

Caleb, 10, who goes out fishing pretty much every weekend, said catching the fish was his favorite part of the tournamnet.

“We went to different spots and went red fishing,” the youngster said during the tournament.

Caleb also said it was exciting winning $700.

Throughout the day, five bands donated their time and talent, to bring some music to the event. Not Guilty, Grayson Rodgers, Sticky Revenge, Wild Caught and Bonham528 kept the crowd entertained from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“The bands were incredible,” Judy said.

The second annual boat raffle was also deemed a success, due to the organization selling out of all 3,000 tickets by 12:30 p.m. the day of the tournament.

This year’s boat was a 2014 NauticStar 2110 Sport Bay with 115hp Yamaha four-stroke and trailer.

The lucky ticket holder was announced at 7 p.m. at the Olde Fish House Marina on May 24.  Bill Swartzwelder of Cape Coral, Florida, became the owner of the brand new NauticStar. He said he plans on letting Asbury use the boat to take individuals out on the water.

Next year’s boat raffle, Dave said, may possibly increase to 5,000 tickets, which will provide more individuals with the opportunity to donate to the organization.

The organization is seeking a boat manufacture who would like to donate a boat to the cause, to provide the organization with the opportunity to put more funds into the organization, and therefore help more wounded warriors and their caregivers.

Judy said overall the day was awesome.

“The weather was beautiful, the volunteers were awesome,” she said. “The people that came were awesome, they gave, they were pleasant.”

Judy said it amazes her how the wounded warriors come out and work with each other and stand up for their brotherhood.

Tate Hutchinson, a board member of Wounded Warrior Anglers, had the opportunity to attend this year’s tournament.

“It was great,” he said of his experience. “It was very inspirational and it was nice to see the community come together for the veterans.”

Before the day concluded May 24, approximately 500 people stopped by the Olde Fish House Marina to support the organization Wounded Warrior Anglers.

Approximately $12,500 was raised during the 2nd annual tournament, which will help the organization fulfill their mission of helping our wounded warriors and their caregivers.

The 3rd annual Redfish Poker Fishing Championship has already been set for the Saturday before Memorial Day in 2015.

Wounded Warrior Anglers of America, Inc. was founded in 2012 by Dave and his wife Judy. Its mission is to “help rehabilitate the mind, body and soul of all service members who have been injured, wounded or disabled in the line of duty no matter what their era of service.”

The organization helps its warriors by taking them out on the water for a day of fishing. This outing helps promote a friendly and peaceful environment to help warriors heal.

Wounded Warrior Anglers also help the warrior’s caregivers by treating them to a day of relaxation at Spa 33 in Matlacha, Florida.

For more information, visit http://woundedwarrioranglers.org/

To view more blogs about this organization, visit https://meghan80.wordpress.com/wounded-warrior-anglers-of-america-inc/

‘European traveling water circus’

I contributed an article to the Cape Coral Daily Breeze, a newspaper in Florida, this week about a European traveling water circus. It sounds like a neat show, especially with the water aspect. The producer and CEO offered me tickets to the Cape Coral performances, too bad I no longer live in the area. It would be neat to see what I wrote about.

‘Cirque Italia’ to present multiple shows in Cape Coral

Published in Cape Coral Daily Breeze March 6, 2004

A European traveling water circus, Cirque Italia, will stop in Cape Coral for two weekends this month, featuring a vivid and dramatic experience for attendees of all ages.

Cirque Italia, a European traveling water circus.  Photo provided for the Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cirque Italia, a European traveling water circus.
Photo provided to the Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cirque Italia owner Manuel Rebecchi was born and raised in Milan, Italy. To preserve his family’s traditional European style circus, Moira Orfei Circus, he crafted a new brand, Cirque Italia, and brought it to North America in August 2012.Chante’ DeMoustes, Cirque Italia producer and chief operating officer, said Rebecchi was inspired by the European concept of the circus, which is more of a black tie affair.

“He brought Europe here,” she said adding that attendees have an opportunity to experience the feeling of a show that travels to smaller towns. “They don’t have to go to Vegas or New York to experience those types of shows. We are bringing them to their backyard at a fraction of the cost.”

DeMoustes said although they have traveled all over the United States for two seasons, this is the first time Cirque Italia will stop in Cape Coral.

The shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7; 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8; 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9; 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14; 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15 and 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16.

Cirque Italia, a European traveling water circus.  Photo provided to Cape Coral Daily Breeze.

Cirque Italia, a European traveling water circus.
Photo provided to Cape Coral Daily Breeze.

The tent will be set up at 917 N.E. Pine Island Road.DeMoustes said the show is two hours long with a 15-minute intermission between the first and second half of the performance.

The 35,000-gallon-water stage, which was custom designed in Italy, is located in the center of the white and blue tent. The 40-foot Broadway, circular-style stage, is 4 feet high with a stage lid that lifts 35-feet up in the air during the show as rain descends and a fountain dances with each performance move.

“Water is the aspect of our stage,” she said. “We have this stage and the water falls from the top of the tent to the bottom of the tent inside a pool of water.”

Delena Fusco, a sixth generation circus performer from Argentina, does an aerial act.

“I’m the mermaid of the show and I also do a traditional act from Argentina,” she said.

During her performance, she is located on top of the water. She said the stage opens up and it rains water.

“It’s not a job, it’s my life,” Delena said. “I have been doing this since I was 3 years old. We came to the United States 10 years ago performing the circus. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Emiliano Fusco does a juggling act with his brother. He said they do lots of difficult tricks, such as juggling with fire and balancing objects on their head.

His brother Maximiliano set the Guinness Book of World Record for juggling five clubs for 57 minutes.

“We have performers from all over the world,” Emiliano said. “It’s fun for the whole family.”

Cirque Italia, a European traveling water circus.  Photo provided to the Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cirque Italia, a European traveling water circus.
Photo provided to the Cape Coral Daily Breeze

DeMoustes said her favorite part is watching people’s faces after the show.”When they come, they don’t know what to expect,” she said of the intimate, theatrical feel the performance provides.

DeMoustes said the individual acts have their own unique story line, which is not hard to understand once the performance is complete. There is also a humorous act where the performers go in the water.

“There is an act for every age,” she said. “It’s really for all ages.”

Tickets range from $10 to $50 depending on which level is purchased. Free children tickets are provided for youngsters 12 years old and younger. The special is given with every regular full price adult admission ticket for levels two and three only.

“Manuel didn’t want the price point to be $100 a ticket,” DeMoustes said. “He wanted every age to be able to enjoy the show.”

To purchase tickets, call 941-704-8572, or visit cirqueitalia.com/tickets/.

‘Cape Harbour, a Yachting Community’

When I worked for the Cape Coral Daily Breeze I covered many events at Cape Harbour. It really is a unique community. I enjoy writing for this publication, Community Lifestyles, because it’s intersting to learn what each community has to offer in Southwest Florida.

“Community Lifestyles showcases some of the finest communties found throughout Southwest Florida.”

Cape Harbour

Article published in December 2013 Community Lifestyles Cape Coral

Cape Harbour, a yachting community in Cape Coral offers a variety of public events, shopping and dining opportunities for its residents and community at large to enjoy.

Cape Harbour came to life after Will Stout traveled to Southwest Florida from Atlanta to retire from 30 years of developing properties and owning a real estate brokerage. When arriving in Cape Coral, he discovered a 150-acre waterfront property, which he transferred into his vision of an upscale waterfront community.

In 2000, Stout formed and founded Realmark Development.

Scan0001The community offers estate homes, waterfront villas, coach homes, condominiums, rental homes and “Funky Fish Houses.”

Realtor Ted Stout said the Funky Fish Houses, which includes Gulf of Mexico access, range from $650,000 to $900,000. He said the neat thing about the residential homes, which range from 1,500 to 3,000 square feet, is they are built over the water because Realmark Group owns the water rights.

The community offers a marina that has 76 wet slips and dry storage for boats up to 34 feet in length. Stout said there also is a bait shop, rentals for kayaks and paddleboards and fishing charters. Individuals can also rent a boat by day, join a boat club or hire a guide to go out on the water.

Event Manager Glenda Swager said there are seven merchants related to marine services in Cape Harbour.

There also are 11 boutique shops along the Promenade with the High Maintenance Salon and Day Spa. She said Harbour View Gallery, which offers unique items, has recently expanded their business.

“Even with the tight economy, we have stayed full. We are very happy with that.” Swager said. “It’s because we do the events and bring people here.”

There are two new merchants coming onboard in January – The Wish List and Waterside Wine Club.

The shops are open all week-long from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Swager said.

The community also has four restaurants and a coffee shop that offers coffee, breakfast and lunch items.

There is also live music every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday between the towers and Motown music on Wednesday, as well as live music on Saturday at Pignoli on the Harbour.

The community offers signature events every year, which are open to the residents and the public.

“Our event calendar is always full,” Swager said.

Cape HarborThe 23rd annual Tour De Cape, which always takes place in January, has been held at Cape Harbour for the past four years. (The 2014 run and cycling event has been set for Saturday, Jan. 18, for the 5K and Sunday, Jan. 19, for 15-mile, 30-mile, 60-mile and 100-mile bike ride.) Water and Wheels, another signature event, always takes place in March.

The Farmers Market is held from May until September every year and the annual Great American Picnic Lunch, which includes the famous Patriotic Pet Contest, is held on July 4.

Swager said they recently held Holiday Magic, which has been held the weekend before Thanksgiving for the past seven years, to kick off the holidays. The event includes an appearance by Santa and a tree lighting ceremony.

The final signature event of the year is their New Year’s Eve fireworks show and balldrop to be held this year on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Swager said in addition to the signature events, they also hold many fishing tournaments throughout the year, as well as a variety of 5K’s.

“They are all public events,” she said. “We never charge, unless it’s a fishing tournament, then you pay your dues for the tournament.”

A new event has been added to the calendar for next year, the 1st Annual Racing for Cancer Causes Bed Race. Swager said the race will consist of five-member teams who design a bed for various races.

There is also a clubhouse for the residents to enjoy, which includes a fitness center, tennis courts, basketball courts, a full kitchen, pool and showers. Stout said there are three pools for residents to use depending on where they live.