Mulletville Waterside restaurant, which had a soft opening in November, is now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner for the community to enjoy.
Restaurant owner Terry Close said he has a lot of people to thank for their assistance in helping to reopen the restaurant on Nov. 8.
The building, which was originally built in 1950 and purchased by Close in 1978, was 90 percent destroyed by a fire on May 1, 2010, that officials say was started by a compressor.
Mulletville Waterside owner Terry Close opened the restaurant on Nov. 8 in Matlacha.
"I would like to thank Payne Construction Company, Chris Davis Roofing, Tiger Baker with AC Medic 911, Sterling Trust Company, Paradise Pluming, Matlacha Fire Department, Larry Trimble and Karen Weller," he said. "I really want to thank everybody."
Since the reopening, Close said business has been good.
"Every customer is important to us," he said. "We want everybody to sit down and eat."
Since reopening, the restaurant now has much more seating and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner for customers.
Close said they start serving breakfast at 6 a.m., which is served all day long, and begin serving dinner at 4 p.m.
The bar opens at 11 a.m. and Mulletville closes at 11 p.m.
A good portion of the menu also changed since the restaurant opened its doors. Close said they have such entrees as monster dogs, mullet tacos and sandwiches.
Close said the restaurant is also serving seafood for the first time. Fresh key lime pie and soup of the day are also offered to their customers.
Specials are also provided for the customers if they bring in a pre-1964 coin.
Close said his customers will receive 25 cent drafts and 75 cent hamburgers for each coin they bring in.
Due to the fire, Close said they are starting from scratch and taking baby steps as time goes on to offer more for the customers. He said he hopes to offer live music in the near future.
In addition, he said this summer he will offer a cooking class for children and adults. Close said he chose the summer to offer the classes because that is when business slows down.
"It is really for the kids because they aren't being taught in school," he said about offering them life skills. "That's my goal, to teach cooking and a little economics for basic business skills."
Mulletville Waterside is located at 597 Pine Island Road in Matlacha. For information, call 239-558-5211.