Although not exactly a clone of The Parrot Bar & Grill, the new spin off—KC Parrot 41— embodies the spirit of colored old bird. Two miles east on Tamiami Trail, the new Parrot provides patrons and the staff of the old bar and grill a taste of the same burgers and beers in one familiar relaxed atmosphere.
The Parrot 41 bar and restaurant opened on Thursday in Courthouse Shadows at 3340 US 41 E. The new local hangout replaced That Taco Place, which closed last December in this east Naples building that also housed Crooked Shillelagh Celtic Food and Drink, The Hammer Grill, Chrissy’s Courthouse Tavern & Bistro and even a Arby’s drive-thru many years ago.
The new venue, made up of around 80% of The Parrot’s original team, attracted good turnout from long-time customers in a fairly short timeframe via social media.mentioned Patrick Daly, the original co-owner of The Parrot. “We have a lot of regulars,” Daly said. “They were all people who had been to the old establishment many, many times. Some of them I hadn’t seen in a while. Some of them were regulars until the bitter end. They came up to me and said, ‘Hey, I was here on the last day. I wanted to be here on the first. There’s a lot of love and I was very happy. It made me realize how great my clients are. I really appreciate all the support I have received over the past few weeks and months.”
Daly wanted to recreate the same Key West vibe that drew locals to Dockside Boardwalk, where The Parrot operated from October 2010 until last September, when it was evicted after losing a lawsuit to extend his lease with the new owners of the rustic waterfront strip in Naples. Its regulars were impressed by the large size of the Parrot 41 circular bar and sound indoor-outdoor atmospherehe said. “I got a lot of positive feedback about the place, the vibe and the feel,” he said. “A lot of people were like, ‘It’s like coming home. “”
the New the digs are in the shadow of a four-story apartment complex being built to replace the former Courthouse Shadows shopping center demolished last year. In addition to honoring the parrot’s memories, the new name of the place is a tribute to Daly’s late wife, Karen Coakley Daly, whose childhood nickname been K.C.
Daly’s goal, of course, is to recapture the same feeling as his original. Parrot 41 menu will end up being similar to The Parrot’s offers, but not immediately. “We are opening with a limited menu,” he said. “The menu we’re opening now is just a one-page menu of mostly burgers and chicken or fish sandwiches. It’s just a sandwich menu right now and some appetizers just to relax. well start adding as you go. Maybe Monday or Tuesday we’ll add fish tacos or quesadillas or something. Again, I want the kitchen to fit into it. We see this as kind of a soft open over the next week.
The new venue is only open for dinner and late nights from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. dailybut lunch service will soon be added. “Hopefully by mid-May we will be open for lunch. We’ll have it together then,” Daly said. “We will probably start with promotions.”
A larger kitchen and more seating will allow Parrot 41 to do even more than the traditional menu, Daly said. “The only thing I like about this place is that the kitchen is very well equipped, so we can stick to the same menu that my chefs and I have devised over the last 10 years, but we can make other dishes for lunch specials, like maybe ribs, maybe lasagna, whatever,” he said. “There’s a lot of different things we can do. location, the kitchen was very, very small and we couldn’t do much.
Daly finally plans a 15-minute lunch option for quick service workers businesses in the region, including employees at the nearby Collier County Government Center. “I think we’re going to have a very loud lunch group because we’re right across from the courthouse. So when we are open for lunch in a week or two we will have a strong lunch group,” he said. “I think with the location the on 41 with all the construction and development going on all around, I think we’re going to have a pretty strong happy hour.
Even after just the first night, Daly sees an opportunity with his nnocturnal crowd. “There is a very good atmosphere,” he said. “I think this will be a place where Fifth and Third Street service industry people want to come and relax when their shift is over. We had a bunch, a dozen different restaurants last night when they closed and their staff came in.
Scalable changes at Parrot 41 are still expected throughout the summer due to supply chain delays. “A lot of furniture that I wanted to buy, I couldn’t get it because there are very long waits,” Daly said. “So we will probably update the furniture as we go along. I would like to add booths to the dining room to make it a bit more private. For all these things, the delivery time is quite long.
Additional locations for Parrot spinoffs with another business partners are also on the road, but Daly said he could not provide details yet. “I am currently in the puncture phase for North Napoli. I always look up there,” he said. “I have enough on my plate right now with this place to make it work.”
With regard to the space freed up from the original Parrot to 1100 6th Ave S. at the Shoppes at Dockside, Massimo “Max” Puglielli hopes to launch its new Sea Monkey Tavern & Grill there by the end of May. The Sea Monkey outdoor dining petition is on Wednesday’s agenda for consideration by the Naples City Council. This is the latest hurdle that has delayed the opening of the new venue for months, said Puglielli, who has operated Italian restaurant and pizzeria Mino in Dockside since 2016. Sea Monkey is requesting approval for 21 tables and 87 outdoor seats.