Shamus O’Toole – from biker bar to upscale restaurant |

Shamus O’Toole – from biker bar to upscale restaurant

FRISCO – Shamus O’Toole, who left Breckenridge after selling his roadhouse saloon on Ridge Street, has opened a new restaurant in Cape Coral on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

O’Toole and Stevie Ray Townes, of Michigan, met each other at the Cape Coral Yacht Club while O’Toole was fishing. The two learned they had both been ski instructors and had a background in the restaurant and bar industry. A week later, they decided to go into business together and bought the Island Palm Restaurant, where Townes had started as the executive chef before becoming the general manager.

According to the Fort Myers News-Press, O’Toole said Townes will take care of the kitchen, and he will take care of the “schmoozing.”

A sampling of the menu includes sesame-encrusted ahi tuna, chilled seafood medley, citrus-seared island grouper, roast prime rib, beef Wellington, potato-encrusted rack of lam and macadamia-encrusted mahi-mahi – a far cry from fries served in a dark biker bar. An official grand opening is slated for June 14.

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